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RM Seafood - Seafood at its Best!!!

The world of restaurants has become increasingly difficult to navigate through.  With so many restaurants opening and closing, it's tough to know what's worth trying and what to stay away from.  I have a few rules that I follow; no chain restaurants, no "all you can eat" places, stay away from tourist traps, go to places that have been opened longer than any other, and ask locals.  I took these rules into consideration when choosing where to eat in Vegas, and my first stop just happened to be my favourite.  

RM Seafood in the Mandalay Bay follows each of my rules for choosing the perfect restaurant.  Rick Moonen opened this delectable seafood restaurant over 11 years ago, and is still continuously serving the freshest, most sustainable seafood that he can get.  His passion for creating healthy oceans has led him to create in my opinion, one of the most amazing restaurants I have ever been to.

Lunch at RM Seafood is a great thing.  Their 3 course lunch tasting menu is not only very reasonable, it is absolutely delicious too.  It combines most of the best dishes they have to offer, at a truly spectacular price point.  At first glance I could not decide what to have.  I knew we had to start with a sushi roll, but after that..?  Our waiter quickly came to our rescue and offered his expertise on the menu.  He suggested the dishes this restaurant was known for and we narrowed down our meals with his help.  

Our waiter offered us drinks, so naturally I ordered a cocktail off their Bar Specialites menu. I chose the  Not Another Tequila Sunrise.  This drink was so good and refreshing.  The perfect blend of Patron Roca Reposado Tequila, Aperol (a bitter orange, rhubarb aperitif), berries and IPA.  I really loved this drink.  It was the perfect drink to start our Vegas trip off right.  

We started our meal off with the spicy tuna roll.  Tuna is one of my favourite fish, especially raw or seared.  RM's spicy tuna rolls was like no other.  Normally I find there is a lacking to the spice factor in this particular roll, however Chef Moonen and Chef Michael sure know how to bring the heat.  There was no need for wasabi or spicy mayo, as this roll had the perfect amount of spice.  The cucumber was the perfect crispy factor, it also helped calm the heat of the tuna.  This roll was fresh and oh so delicious.  I was hoping it would never end, and I even considered ordering a second, but our amazing waiter suggested I wait until the end of the meal as there was so much more food to come.

As my first course, I of course ordered the grilled octopus.  I have a serious obsession with octopus, I can never have enough.  I have had amazing octopus and terrible yet I keep going back for more.  When I ordered this dish, our waiter told me it was outstanding and probably the best dish at the restaurant.  Cooked sous-vide for 24 hours then finished on the grill, how could this dish not be perfect.  Well let's just say I never expected it to be this outstanding.  I literally almost cried after my first bite.  The octopus was like melted butter, tender and oh so soft, I didn't even need a knife to cut it.  I am not so keen on sharing food, but when a dish is as amazing as this, I had to let my friend taste it.  When food is this good, it is a sin not to let others share in on the goodness.  I slowly ate every last bite on the plate, making sure not to miss a single morsel of heaven.  As I sit here writing this now, I am dreaming of the next time I can taste this dish.  My father's 65th is coming up this year, trying to convince him that we should take a trip to Vegas and celebrate at RM Seafood - It's a long shot, but worth a try!

My dining partner started off his meal with the Organic local farm salad.  This was no ordinary salad!  Fresh, crisp veggies with a well balanced apple cider vinaigrette was set before my friend.  He dug in and immediately begged me to try it.  What could be so special with a salad, well I was about to find out.  I had never had anything that tasted like this and to be honest, if I could replicate it I would - Daily!!  I wish I was eating this salad now instead of this arugula, avocado and nut concoction I put together.  The star of the salad was not just the veggies, but the dressing - OMG!  It was unlike any I had ever had before.  The vinegar factor was there, but it was so well balanced with just a hint of sweetness at the same time.  It was truly a special dish and I immediately understood why the waiter suggest one of us try it.  

We both opted for the lobster rolls as our main dish.  Two plump and buttery brioche hot dog buns stuffed full of lobster that had been tossed in lemon and a fennel mayonnaise - Perfection!  At first bite I could not get over the bun.  It was so good, I could not stop talking about it and almost took away from the plump juicy and perfectly cooked lobster.  I was so happy I chose this dish, but then sad at the same time.  If this lobster dish was this amazing, what else was I missing.  I turned to my friend and asked if he wanted to switch all our reservations to this place and he quickly complied.  But then after further thought, the other places on my list were also must tries and I knew I would be upset had I not tried all of them.  

It was then time for dessert.  I was already quite full but our waiter laughed and said I better make room.  He explained the desserts, even offered us the ice cream sampler, but then he quickly suggested one tiramisu and one key lime pie.  I love Key Lime pie, love love love it.  The perfect size pie arrived plated so beautifully and drizzled with a cilantro lime syrup - Exquisite!  The light graham crumbly crust, sour yet delicious key lime filling and the perfectly creamy meringue topping put forth in front of me was devoured quite happily and quickly.  It was to die for.  The lime cilantro syrup was a great twist, not too sweet yet not over powered by the fresh cilantro flavour.  This was by far the best Key lime pie I have ever had.

My friend really loved his Tiramisu.  I tried it and thought is was perfectly delicious, but not as good as my tasty treat.  Maybe it was because I had the Key lime flavour in my mouth, but all I wanted to do was enjoy my dessert.  

After our meal, Chef Michael came out to greet us and see how we enjoyed ourselves.  I had no words to express my gratitude and enjoyment.  Not only was the food amazing, but our waiter and the atmosphere helped to create the perfect experience.  I had never enjoyed myself in a restaurant as much as I enjoyed RM Seafood.  It was spectacular.  The food is always important, but it's the extras that truly make a restaurant stand out.  
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