While walking through Mandalay Bay, we happened upon RM Seafood and decided to give it a try.
It was pretty early in the day, so the place was sort of dead. That worried me a little, but, after reading some of the literature posted at the front of the restaurant, I felt good about our choice.
It turned out this was Top Chef Masters contestant Rick Moonen's restaurant.
Good enough for Oprah. Good enough for us.
The beautiful vast two-story interior enthralled me.
Airy and modern yet comfortable.
I even caught a glimpse of Chef Moonen himself while I was on a staircase.
I snapped when we both least expected it. Yay for a look of surprise and a shot of blur.
According to its website, RM Seafood is "committed to us[ing] organically grown sustainable produce and sustainably caught seafood."
Lunch options are seasonal, simple, well-prepared, and well-priced. We had a grand time with the place nearly all to ourselves for much of our meal.
If you order an Arnold Palmer, you get a personal chilled tea kettle.
Creamy white clam chowder, bacon, littleneck clams, potatoes, dill ($6).
Quite the lovely rendition of a classic. Lots and lots and lots of meaty clams. Great flavor. And no filler -- you won't get a mouthful of flour here. Just a mouthful of delicious!
Jumbo lump crab cake, chipotle, cucumber, pickled green papaya ($16).
Damn good. Again, no filler here. While the crab cake stole my heart and totally overshadowed the papaya, I have to give a little shout-out to the crunchy green shreds. Nice tangy partners for the crabulous star of the plate.
Fried halibut tostada, housemade flour tortilla, avocado cream, charred salsa ($18).
Definitely fresh. Definitely enjoyable. Definitely too tiny! Sadly, this wasn't worth its price because it was only three bites!
Catfish sloppy joe, potato chips, pickle, soft potato roll ($11).
Since our visit, I've spoken to a number of people who were underwhelmed by their dinner experiences here. As you can see, however, our lunch didn't disappoint.
We'd go back!
Next: Prix fixe with a Michelin star.