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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Las Vegas: Dinner at Fleur


Fleur menu and martini flight

Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino
702.632.9400

Fleur by Hubert Keller serves modern French cuisine at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The extensive drink menu has some imaginative potions, and we got started with an espresso martini.
Liquid nitrogen espresso martini
We had the espresso martini prepared tableside with liquid nitrogen to make it frozen. In a metal bowl, our mixologist poured the martini components and liquid nitrogen, which created thick smoke that overflowed. The espresso martini-turned-ice cream was served in a glass with a spoon and had an overwhelming taste of alcohol (my favorite). The novelty of it gets an A+ but I wish it were served in a prettier fashion (I’m thinking a chocolate-rimmed martini glass, I’m all about presentation).
 
The final product
Meanwhile, during our tableside science experiment, I was sampling a martini flight of various creations that involved basil, moonshine, and absinthe.

We also ordered a round of drinks off the absinthe list. Yes, there’s a menu of absinthe varieties. This too, was prepared tableside by an absinthe-specialist who used some sort of utensil with sugar cubes to mix it the proper way.

…Is that a fairy I see?
The tableside absinthe cart
We ate an embarrassing amount of food as usual, all of which was served to us as small plates for sharing. I’d like to make a shout out to the burrata, croque monsieur, tuna tacos, etc. It all got a little fuzzy after this.
Tuna tacos
 


Burrata, hummus, salad

Risotto, flambe, lobster mac and cheese, parmesan paprika popcorn

If you are planning to “eat the house down” as I often say, order The Feast for $435. Basically, it’s one of everything on the menu and guarantees a food coma for all.


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