The moment we decided that we were going to Vegas to celebrate the new year and my dad’s 60th birthday, I (of course) started listing restaurants I couldn’t miss. My wish list looked something like: Joël Robuchon, Guy Savoy, Michael Mina, Lupo by Wolfgang Puck, Mesa Grill…, and so on. As a Michelin-starred restaurant, Michael Mina had impeccable service and creative dishes. If you’d rather try it at home, buy Michael Mina: The Cookbook.
For those who can’t decide and prefer to try a little of everything, the tasting menu was fantastic. It includes Chef Michael Mina’s signature dishes like the lobster pot pie. I was too intrigued by the a la carte menu offerings to pass on the opportunity. My only critique would be the lack of theme and consistency across his menu items. I felt that there was no central theme (cuisine, ingredients, or seasoning) to tie his dishes together. In my opinion, his specialty seems to be seafood and appetizers.
Here is a list of what we sampled:
Ahi Tuna Tartare – Ancho Chile. Mint. Pine Nut. Sesame Oil.
Lobster Pot Pie – Summer Vegetables. Brandied Lobster Cream.
American Kobe Rib Eye – Porcini Butter Poached. Creamed Corn.
Hot Mulled Apple Cider – Vanilla Sugar Cookie.
Glazed Chocolate Brownie – Cocoa Nib Ice Cream. Spiced Pecans.
Root Beer Float – Warm Chocolate Chip & Cookies.
Brown Sugar Wafer
Chocolate Bon Bon
A La Carte
Hors d’oeurves – Foie Gras PB&J, Cured Ocean Trout, Steak Tartare, Crab BLT
Truffle-Stuffed Jidori Chicken – Savoy Cabbage, Foie Gras Rice
Banana Tarte Tatin – Brown Butter Ice Cream, Toffee
Apple Crisp – Cinnamon Ice Cream, Oat Streusel