Photo: Michael Mina/Anthony Mair
Michael Mina has been slowly spreading his culinary influence in Las Vegas ever since his eponymous Bellagio restaurant first opened as Aqua back in 1998. The Egyptian-born chef has mastered a wide array of styles with each of his Strip restaurants distinctly different from one another. The good news — they're all exceptional in their own respective ways.
Michael Mina's self-titled restaurant at the Bellagio recently underwent a dining room renovation to match a dramatic menu revamp. The renewed focus is on fresh fish, which on any given day can be flown in from Japan, the Mediterranean or the coastal waters of the United States. New preparations include the entire fish broiled in ginger and scallions or fried with a spicy crust, but don't overlook the regular menu items like a tremendous tuna steak and foie gras combination that steals the show. Longtime fans will also be happy the chef's signature five layer caviar parfait remains on the menu.
Michael Mina's newest Las Vegas restaurant, which opened in 2015 at the Aria, finds the right balance between fine dining and being a vibrant social gathering spot. With distinct wood and brass furnishings, Bardot specializes in fine French cuisine, ranging from crispy escargot to a playful take on duck wings a l'orange. Make sure to order a glass from the Champagne cart.
This casual bar and restaurant at the MGM Grand gets a lot of attention having a burger topped with peanut butter, but the menu is varied and diverse. Whether ordering BBQ ribs or a kale Caesar salad, you'll want to wash your meal down with one of the many craft beers on the menu. Some of the bar tables come with their own taps, making it easy to stay refreshed without flagging down your server.
Las Vegas is loaded with great steakhouses, but StripSteak at Mandalay Bay manages to bring new energy to a familiar concept. The restaurant is lively and fun, but still carries the weight of an extraordinary night out. The duck fat fries are automatically served on the house as a clear signal for the table to stay loose before getting down to business with steaks sourced from Japan, Australia and top ranches in the United States.
It's clear Michael Mina is a power player in the Las Vegas culinary scene. Plan a night out at one of these four exceptional restaurants and enjoy the Las Vegas Strip to the fullest. Contact VegasGiant by calling 702-476-0001 to book a reservation today.
By Rob Kachelriess