On New Year's Eve, we joined Mr. Monkey's father, his gambling pals, and some of their children at the House of Blues Foundation Room at the top of Mandalay Bay for a lovely four-course meal in a private room.
Cider-brined Cornish hen, cornbread, dried stone fruit dressing, natural pink peppercorn jus, braised Tuscan kale.
Fantastic start! Tiny! Tender! Tasty!
Lobster potato tart, crispy pommes, country ham, quail egg up, champagne uni Hollandaise.
Intermezzo -- poached plum sake granita with Thai basil.
Not my favorite.
Six-ounce Wagyu tenderloin, horseradish crust, potato dumplings, braised leek, and winter mushroom ragout.
Enjoyable but not as impressive as the first two courses.
Wine pairings and whiskey.
Cakebread chardonnay, Far Niente chardonnay, Faust cab, Macallan 25.
Dark chocolate souffle, white chocolate panna cotta, milk chcoolate truffles.
Way too much chocolate for me, but the few bites I had of the souffle were delectable.
I didn't know what to expect of the Foundation Room. I didn't even know it existed. But I had a wonderful time eating wonderful food with wonderful people in a wonderful private room.