I recently went to Las Vegas to spend some time with some close friends and eat some good food. One of my friends is in law school and she just passed another semester so went did the only thing you can do to celebrate… drink and eat good food! Now the hard thing about eating in Las Vegas is that there are so many good restaurants to choose from… we ended up deciding on Mesa Grill which is Bobby Flay’s Tex-Mex style restaurant.
To start off the meal my wife and I shared two appetizers (Blue Corn Duck Pancake & Tiger Shrimp Tamale). The Blue Corn Duck Pancake was extremely tasty. It is a bit on the sweet side and the best way to describe the taste is braised duck served with a semi spicy hoisin sauce (asian BBQ). It looks like a small portion but because it has a very strong/rich taste it ends up being the perfect portion.
Our other appetizer was the Tiger Shrimp Tamale which is one of Mesa Grill’s most famous dishes. This dish is a must try if you go to Mesa Grill, it has a rich and creamy south western sauce that marries the Tiger Shrimp with the Tamale. This appetizer is on the rich side so if you plan on getting a heavy main course that you may want to choose one of the less rich appetizers or just share this one appetizer with someone.
For my main course I had the New Mexican Spice Rubbed Pork Tenderloin which is the signature dish of Mesa Grill. I think it is an amazing dish but after eating there I will have to say that the portion is large enough where you don’t really need an appetizer if you eat this dish. The flavor is good but it is on the hot side, so if you don’t do heat well than you might want to try another dish. The pork itself was extremely tender, honestly one of the most tender pork tenderloins I have ever eaten! My only wish for this dish is that instead of having two components (Pork tenderloin and tamale) with a large portion each I wish this entree had one less piece of tenderloin and came with a third element (i.e. some vegetables). I just think it was too much of the same flavor. Part of this was because I also had the Tiger Shrimp Tamale so maybe I was just a little burned out on tamale. My friend and I both ate this same dish and both of us ended up not even eating the third piece of tenderloin on our plate because we were already full.
My wife had the Mango Spice Crusted Tuna Steak and it was cooked perfectly and the seasoning was well balanced. Again, my only issue with the dish was that the portion was large. Now don’t get me wrong, that isn’t a bad thing if you are the type that likes to each just an entree when you go out to eat. However, if you are the type that likes to try more variation in your meal (i.e. ordering an appetizer, entree and dessert) than Mesa Grill may be a lot of food for you. So what I would recommend is share an entree with someone, that way you can try an appetizer, entree, and dessert without getting too stuffed. Overall I like Mesa Grill because it has great flavor and the food was cooked perfectly. Just know the portions come at a good size so don’t be afraid to share.