This is for a 2015 Las Vegas trip including Bacchanal Buffet, Bouchon Bakery, Heart Attack Grill, Serendipity 3, Rao's Las Vegas, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, & Mesa Grill.
The GF and I were looking to indulge in a proper lunch before leaving for our flight back to Philly. So after checking out at Caesars Palace, we stopped by Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill. While the original NYC restaurant is now closed (he's got Bar Americain and the recently opened Gato now), in Vegas, the Iron Chef is still able to showcase the Southwestern flavors and flair he's known for.
Located a stone's throw away from the opulent Omnia nightclub, Mesa Grill is sleekly designed with Southwest elements and colors.
Bread service started us off with a nice variety of freshly baked sourdough, cranberry walnut, and a great blue and sweet corn muffin with a bit of jalapeno. Nice.
Goat Cheese Queso Fundido [$16]
Rajas, blistered serrano vinaigrette, blue corn tortilla strips
We had the goat cheese queso fundido, which was gorgeously creamy. It had some nice heat from the blistered serrano vinaigrette, which was accented by the roasted red and green chiles. The cilantro added a nicely fresh herbaceouness to each bite. The crispy blue corn tortilla strips were a great vessel to scoop up all the deliciousness.
Tiger Shrimp & Roasted Garlic Corn Tamale [$18]
Corn, cilantro sauce
Easily one of the best tamale's I've had, the creamy richness of the roasted garlic and sweet corn sauce on point. The tiger shrimp was supple, yet had good snap and the corn masa within was luxurious and not at all dry. The cilantro sprig helped to brighten up each bite.
Spicy Chicken & Sweet Potato Hash [$18]
Poached eggs, green chile hollandaise
The GF went with the spicy chicken and sweet potato hash for her main. There was a great lusciousness to each bite, with some texture from the sweet potato and the moist chicken.
The green chile hollandaise had a bit of heat to it, though very slight. The poached egg brought each bite over the top.
Cornmeal Crusted Chile Relleno [$18]
Roasted eggplant, manchego cheese, sweet red pepper sauce, balsamic vinegar
My cornmeal crusted chile relleno offered great texture from the cornmeal crust, which cracked open to reveal a creamy manchego malenge with well-roasted eggplant. The green and red sauces emblematic of Bobby Flay were on display here and not just for show.
Along with the sweet notes from the balsamic, these sauces helped to providing some acidic balance to each bite.
Overall, Mesa Grill was spot on in terms of execution and taste. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend stopping by, especially if you're looking for a glimpse into the flavors that are the foundation of Iron Chef Bobby Flay.