Off to my second dinner adventure during my 3 day vegas trip was American Fish by Michael Mina. He’s opened about 17 restaurants, and 2 of them are rated with 1 Michelin star. Unfortunately this wasn’t one of them, but I still liked the vibe that this restaurant gave off. Classy, quiet and relaxed. American Fish sits beside Jean Georges Steakhouse! Will come next time I visit. I’ve heard they’ve opened up MARKET by Jean Georges in Vancouver?
Anyhow, I booked the table for 7pm via OpenTable the night before, conveniently they confirm the reservation the same day, we were seated with no problems or delays. Just like a restaurant should be.
Their menus were convenienty posted at the front (these were taken the day before when walking around Aria):
We were escorted to our table, and with only a few customers, it was a nice change from yesterday. Looking into their kitchen shows over 9 staff ready to cook up a storm.
Having already inspected their menu the previous day, I was really wanting to order the surf and turf. All my friends know that I always order this, so why not at this place? Anyhow, I always like ingredients in season or anything recommended. To make everything simple, I just ordered the tasting menu with wine pairing. Valued at $145.
New England Lobster Roll – brioche, lettute cup and celery:
I added a daily selection of oysters on the half shell with bloody mary and mignonette:
Tuna Tartare – wild arugula, quail egg, castel vetrano olives.
Nicely paired with a Iron Horse Blanc de Blancs, Sonoma California 2004
Next up was the ocean water-poached Alaskan Halibut with shiitake mushrooms, cous cous and lemongrass broth:
Paired with a Leitz Riesling Dragonstone, Germany 2008
Next up was the Sea Salt Baked Blue Prawns with peas, mint, and crispy polenta:
Paired with a nice Bonny Doon Ca’del Solo Albarino, California 2008
Now after all of this eating, my friend has yet to receive his first dish! Now it was starting to become his turn, a Mustard marinated black cod:
With a side of Truffled Mac and cheese mushrooms, and sweet peas:
Next up was cast iron grilled Wild Salmon with smoked eggplant, panzanella salad and caper vinaigrette paired with a Maxime Magnon La Demarrante France 2006.
Next up was a Wood Grilled Beef Filet with peppers, romesco, marbled potatoes:
I had to check and see how they were cooking it, and it was definitely with fire!
Paired with a Qupe Syrah Cuvee Michael Mina, Santa Barbara County, California 2008.
Last but not least the Marscarpone Cheesecake with blueberries and vanilla crust. This was a perfect cheesecake! I just wish it was much bigger.
Paried with a sweet La Spinetta Moscato d’Asti Bricco Quaglia, Italy 2009:
Overall, I’m extremely happy with the decision to dine here tonight, great food, great wine and just an overall a great experience. The bill came to about $350 with tips. Keep in mind that my friend only had one main course with one side dish and drink that came to around $70. I’d love to come back here, but I’ve got other places to try. I still highly recommend visiting this fine restaurant.
American Fish by Michael Mina
Aria Resort & Casino Las Vegas
CityCenter Las Vegas
3730 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Phone: (877) 230-2742
My overall rating of American Fish is: