StripSteak, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

Michael Mina's StripSteak at Mandalay Bay

This place has energy, vibe. I liked the open area, rather than the staid interiors of many steakhouses. 

Negroni at the bar, on the rocks and the bartender was rockin' too.

2006 Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir from New Zealand, Central Otago, screw cap which was pleasant, herbal, and with good acid balance.

Offered for the table, instead of bread, three different varieties of French fries, each served with a paired dipping sauce, Garlic fries with ketchup, truffled fries with truffle aioli, Chili powdered with chipotle BBQ. My favorite fries were garlic, but with the truffle aioli.

Our server did steer us away from certain items on the menu which we thought was a sign of expertise, rather than “everything is good”. Lots of hustle in the front of the house. There was only one lapse in service when a party of 12 was seated.

We started with a Tartare, like at every Mina restaurant prepared table side, and of course it was good. Our second starter, crab cakes had one too many shells, so we didn’t finish it and had it sent back. Crab cakes just aren’t my thing anyway.

Creamed spinach and whipped potatoes were our chosen sides, but not the spinach served at Bourbon Steak unfortunately. A solid offering of spinach. The potatoes were creamy, not as creamy as Robuchon, but not many are. Both were solid sides for the steak.

For me, there's only one choice in a steak house...Bone-in rib-eye cooked medium rare, flavor was good, seasoning was good. Nice steak. I make mention with regard to Charlie Palmer Steak, the other steak house review in my Las Vegas Weekender Series, that I’ve never had two more drastically different steaks in terms of flavor or texture. Both steaks were good, just very different.

The only mis-step, and a big one, was the chicken pricing. The whole deep fried chicken ordered by one of my friends was delicious and we all sampled it. The menu price is $28 for chicken. That’s fine. It’s Vegas and it’s an expensive restaurant. Actually, that $28 dollar price is for HALF a chicken that is mesquite grilled, not deep fried. The whole chicken is $56 dollars. Holy Scheister! That bird costs $6 at Whole Foods. Remember to ask questions and don’t assume. No, we were not intoxicated prior to ordering.