Thursday, November 02, 2006

Burger Bar @ The Mandalay Bay Resort

On our third night, while we were strolling about Vegas, my sister called me to remind me about the Burger Bar @ The Mandalay Bay Resort. She had previously told me that I had to check this place out and that they have a Kobe beef burger with shaved black truffles and foie gras. After hearing that I was like, "WOW, I do have to check it out"!

Since it was about that time to eat, we all headed toward The Mandalay Bay Resort. As we eyed over our menus I caught sight of the Kobe/truffle/foie gras burger. But, ouch, it was $60. So this is what I came up with as a nice compromise.


I made a custom burger consisting of a Wyoming buffalo patty, whole wheat bun, mozzarella, pan seared foie gras, black Perigord truffle sauce with a side of sweet potato fries. I chose the buffalo meat, because I though the leanness would go well with the milky mozzarella, rich foie gras and the truffle sauce. And by using the truffle sauce you still get the truffle flavor without having to pay for the actual truffle price. So instead of paying $60, mine was $36.55 including the sweet potato fries. Oh and it was a good call. The combination of flavors were just right. It wasn't too rich. The lean buffalo matched well with the buttery foie gras and creamy mozzarealla. And to top it off, the truffle sauce took it to that next level. The sweet potato fries were a hit too. I enjoyed them and so did my friends.


Among the other things we ordered was a Wyoming buffalo patty, whole wheat bun, "Sin City Beer" caramelized onions, marinated anchovies, mozzarella custom burger with a side of buttermilk onion rings. I had a bite of this and it was good. I should have stuffed one of the onion rings in and it would have been a winner.


Surf & Turf Burger - Black Angus patty, plain bun, grilled half lobster, grilled green asparagus with a side of french fries. I had a bite of this also and I thought that lobster, while being very good, doesn't really match being eaten with hamburger in the same mouthful. Lobster has too delicate of a taste to be muddled with the bold flavors of Angus beef and the likes.

I do recommend going here if you like your burgers, because they sure have a great selection of them. Being able to custom make a burger is great too. Also try the buttermilk zucchini fries and let me know how they are. If you want to see a menu click here (it's a bit outdated though).


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