Living Large in Las Vegas

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

After the Grand Canyon tour we hurried back to the hotel to get ready for our fancy dinner reservation at Michael Mina, our first ever one Michelin star rated restaurant. We had been looking forward to this dinner before we left Bahrain. We were lucky enough to have a friend of ours put in a word for us with his former colleague who worked there.

The gorgeous Japanese garden set up in the foyer of the Bellagio, surrounded by it's many eateries - Micheal Mina being one of them.

The fragrant smell of fresh flowers was so lusciously intoxicating.

We arrived dressed to the nines (I even broke in my Louboutins for the occasion) and were greeted with complementary champagne and congratulated on our upcoming wedding. We were then promptly seated at a lovely table over looking the pool :) It was all so nice and fancy!

Complementary champagne, as incredible as it sounds, it only got better from there.

Our starter was a domestic caviar parfait; alder wood-smoked salmon, creme fraîche, shallot potato cake served with a frozen shot of Belvedere vodka. This was my favourite dish of the evening, the flavours were so delicate and complementing and it had such wonderful texture and balance. Yum!

We decided that we had to go with the Signature tasting menu, paired with premium wine selection (we were celebrating of course!).

Ahi Tuna Tartare with ancho chile, sesame oil, pine nuts and mint served with toast.

Ari with Chilean sea bass in a miso glaze, dashi broth served with shellfish dumpling.

Before each meal the Sommelier (fancy smancy word for wine guy) would come and pour us a new glass of wine, explain the flavours and point out the complexities that make it pair well with the next dish. I'm fairly certain that the pours were overly generous as I began to feel super tipsy after our third dish.

Delicious lobster pot pie with baby vegetables and truffle-lobster cream.

Braised short rib, roasted root vegetables served with sylvetta (rocket). I was well and truly stuffed by this stage. Just desserts to go!

Celebratory (and complementary) truffles before dessert!

Thankfully I didn't need to make the difficult decision of choosing one of the three decadent desserts as we were served a tasting of all of them :) Chocolate whiskey cake with salted caramel, candied hazelnuts and cocoa ice cream, root beer float with sassafras ice cream served with warm chocolate chip pecan cookies and strawberry crème fraiche panna cotta. Amazing!

Spoilt with all the dessert choices. 

We really felt special and the whole dining experience was wonderful, so much so we didn't realise three hours had past and we were running late for our Cirque du Soleil with the rest of the gang. We paid the bill, hopped into a cab and ran ourselves over to the MGM Grand to see Zumanity which we had bought half price tickets for. We made it just in time to see the opening act, albeit standing as the show had started and we needed to wait for a break before being shown our seats.

The show was absolutely fantastic and got even better when a half naked performer dropped into Ari's lap and dragged him (I use the term loosely since he appeared more than willing lol) onto the stage for the grand finale. I was beside myself, half mortified and half in hysterics. She proceeded to unbutton his shirt, lay him down and straddle him on stage! He later told me that it was "trick perspective", to which I naively believed him haha... She totally violated my fiance! lol 

Plucked from the audience by a scantily clad contortionist... Every boys fantasy and every girls worst nightmare. "Trick perspective" my ass... or hers rather haha

This was one amazingly unforgettable experience, with dinner and the show to top off a huge day at the Grand Canyon also! And even though we ate at a few more Michelin star restaurants on our trip, I think Michael Mina was our favourite overall.

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