I was still redeeming myself from my other terrible celebrity chef restaurant recommendation, but I knew Bobby would never let me down. As we arrived on time for our reservation, we were immediately seated at a very large and comfortable table. I loved the decor and vibe at MESA, comfortable and relaxed yet upscale and elegant – trust me, it worked.
My friend had the barbequed duck and blue corn pancake served with a habanero chile and star anice sauce. I am not a huge lover of star anice, but I can handle the flavour is small doses; this dish had the perfect balance of the pungent flavour. The barbequed duck was tender and deliciously spiced; sweet and spicy - the perfect balance. The blue corn pancake was just perfect, fluffy and flavourful. The first time I ever had a corn pancake I almost gagged, this one was just delicious. I was told by a friend to order this dish and I was happy I listened. Dinner was off to a superb start.
I was in the mood for seafood so our waitress suggested I have the seared scallops served with wild mushroom hominy grits and a cotija and cilantro brown butter. My beautiful plate of scallops arrived seared to perfection, cooked and seasoned just right - so delicious! I was hesitant to share this amazing dish, but ended up sharing one of my scallops, I really wasn't happy about it. The mushroom grits had a rich earthy flavour and I could swear there was a hint of truffle too. The grits were perfectly creamy and managed to bring this dish together just right, truly the best scallops dish I've had in a really long time. I didn't want this dish to end, but sadly I ate the entire plate. Let’s just say I woke up the next day wanting to go back and order another plate.
As dinner came to a delicious end, I couldn't help but feel sad. The meal I had been looking forward to for months and months was over - *tear! I wanted to forgo all other reservations we had that week and just continue eating at MESA, but sadly I knew I could not. Everyone at the table agreed and still agrees that MESA Grill was the best meal we had in Vegas, except for that sushi dinner they went to before I arrived - jackasses! I cannot wait to try Bar Americain and Bobby's Burger Palace, they better live up to MESA's deliciousness.