A review of Bobby Flay’s restaurant Mesa Grill in the city of sin Las Vegas. Was it worth the money? You’ll have to read to find out.
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Last weekend I was in Las Vegas for a friend’s birthday. While there we indulged in the regular suspects of drinking, partying, and gambling. While we did get trashed, the main objective on everyone’s mind was dinner at Mesa Grill. We booked the reservation, and before getting in I won $60 playing roulette. But that has nothing to do with the food, which is what this is all about
Blue Corn Muffins
They are made with blue cornmeal and have a soft flaky texture. They break and crumble apart as you butter them, while retaining that slight grain that is expected of a good cornbread. It’s hard to compare, but it may have been better than the meal itself!
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The Southwestern Spiced Duck Breast
This was the best application of duck I have ever tasted. I am a huge duck fan, growing up with a mom that can make perfect Peking Duck at the drop of a dime. The flavor of duck changes greatly, like chicken, when cooked boneless. If you want to cook duck skinless. . . you’ve lost your mind. This duck had a dark, crispy, perfectly seasoned skin that had been scored and quickly seared. From the looks of it I would assume they brick pressed it to push the excess fat into the meat while making the skin crispy. Then I’m assuming it was off to the ovens with my bird. It came out a perfect medium rare. The meat itself melted and the skin gave the crunch you would expect from fried chicken, with a completely unique flavor. The breast was served on top of a surprisingly mellow Carrot Habanero sauce. The sauce played well with the meat and skin to add another layer of flavor. Bobby Flay truly is a master of sauces.
With this entree came a Chorizo-Goat Cheese Tamale that crumbled on the fork and had a similar texture to couscous. The tamale itself didn’t have overwhelming flavor, but the goat cheese and chorizo made up for that and tied the side together
I also ordered the Cornmeal Crusted Chile Relleno with White Cheddar Cheese, Black Beans, and Rice. That was probably one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. It was the best Chile Relleno I have ever tasted, though I felt it lacked slightly in the cheese department, but I could eat mozzarella sticks all day so I may be biased.
My meal came out to be less than $50, the service was more than excellent. It was so good that any time you stood up, they folded your napkin. Our server was well informed and even playful. Over all there is not a single complaint about my meal at Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.
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