Thursday, 20 May 2010
Mesa Grill Las Vegas
3570 Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Tummy Points: 2/5
Notes: New Mexican Spiced
Pork Tenderloin Sandwich $16.
Bobby Flay. If you've ever watched the Food Network, Bobby Flay is a name that should be very familiar to you. He is an American celebrity chef specializing southwestern and Cajun style barbeque. Mesa Grill is one of the restaurants that Flay is both owner and executive chef.
Opened in 2004, Mesa Grill is located inside Caesar's Palace right beside rows and rows of slot machines and casino tables. Its signature dishes are steak. Mesa Grill has a simple exterior with a nice open bar-like interior with a large projection TV at the back. The bar area is small and that was the only available seats when I arrived.
Dinner hours are frequently booked up a few days in advanced but lunch hours are much more walk in friendly. My expectations were definitely high for this restaurant as my friends have mentioned about trying to eat here before and the booked up dinner hours should mean something. How could so many people be wrong?
The Southwestern Fries came out hot and crispy. The fries were lightly cajun spiced with lots of black pepper. I really liked these fries. Quality of the fries varied with some being crispy with a moist inside while a few were darker color, harder, and cooler.
The Mexican spiced pork tenderloin with grilled red onion and Arugula Ancho-Chile mayonnaise sounds a lot better than it tasted. The pork was cool, dry, and thin. It sort of tasted like very lean Chinese BBQ pork since it was sweet. Perhaps the onions were grilled, I didn't notice when I was biting into it, but I know it was cool too. I was really let down by the sandwich. I wish there was a refund policy.
I liked the fries. I like Chinese BBQ pork better. I did like the service. I was totally let down. I'm really not sure how Bobby Flay could lend his name to such bad food but it's perhaps I came on a weekend and weekend mornings and afternoons only serve from the brunch menu - which doesn't have steak. Try at your own risk. I didn't think the walk from the Venetian was worth it.