In Las Vegas, Rick Moonen’s Seafood at the Mandalay Bay is suppose to be pretty good. There are 2 restaurants of his here: 1 is the fixed course meal higher end restaurant and the other (this one) is just a middle tier restaurant. The menu is a little strange as they have your typical American no frills seafood AND sushi. My buddy ordered the sushi portions and he was quite unimpressed. Then again, I would never order sushi from a restaurant like this. We shared the above oyster sampler. Honestly, the oyster sampler is rather bland. The oysters don’t have much flavor or taste to them. Maybe it’s these particular ones they chucked, but overall we were rather disappointed.
My main entree was this seafood cioppino. The pasta was cooked well like I wanted (al dente). However the seafood they gave me tasted rather stale. The clams were very small in their shells. The shrimp was overcooked like crazy. The calamari was chewy like it was frozen. The only saving grace was the fish they used which tasted the most fresh in this bowl. The sauce was a little spicy with an Italian kick to it.
All in all, the food looked pretty here, but there are better seafood restaurants in Las Vegas in my opinion. Perhaps the fixed dining experience may be better, but I’m not sure if I’m willing to give that a shot after this.