Friday, November 8, 2013

The Fall 2013 Prix Fixe Menu at Roy's Restaurant - Las Vegas, NV

Macadamia Nut-Crusted Mahi Mahi with Lobster Cream and Braised Beef Short Rib with Natural Braising Sauce - Roy's Restaurant - Las Vegas, NV | Taste As You Go
Macadamia Nut-Crusted Mahi Mahi with Lobster Cream and
Braised Beef Short Rib with Natural Braising Sauce - Roy's Restaurant - Las Vegas, NV

Last month, Stephen traveled to Las Vegas to attend (and present at) a conference, and I tagged along just for the heck of it. While I didn't sit in on any of the conference sessions, I did enjoy being able to spend time in Las Vegas without also spending time in a freezing cold convention center. To make the most of my time there, I arranged for the two of us, along with two of our friends, to have dinner at Roy's Restaurant on our last night in town so we could try out the newly-available Fall 2013 Prix Fixe Menu.


Fall 2013 Prixe Fixe Menu - Roy's Restaurant | Image Courtesy of Roy's Restaurant
Fall 2013 Prixe Fixe Menu - Roy's Restaurant

Guests can enjoy an extremely generous three-course dinner that includes an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert for just $36.95 (not including tax or tip). Considering that the entree features two different proteins with accompanying sides, this is an incredible deal. Especially for Las Vegas!

Mango Mojito - Roy's Restaurant - Las Vegas, NV | Taste As You Go
Mango Mojito - Roy's Restaurant - Las Vegas, NV

We kicked off our dinner with cocktails (I had this refreshing Mango Mojito) and a complimentary plate of Roy's Edamame. When I dined at Roy's Orlando location two years ago, one of my favorite parts of that meal was the edamame, so I was pleased to see the appetizer again in Las Vegas.

The edamame pods are boiled, drained, and then sprinkled with a seasoning that's both sweet and spicy. Addictive and satisfying, they're the perfect alternative to starting with a bread basket because edamame doesn't fill you up as quickly as bread does.

Wagyu Beef Gyoza with Sesame Citrus Shoyu - Roy's Restaurant - Las Vegas, NV | Taste As You Go
Wagyu Beef Gyoza with Sesame Citrus Shoyu - Roy's Restaurant - Las Vegas, NV

If you do decide to order the Fall 2013 Prix Fixe Menu, then your meal will officially begin with a plate of Wagyu Beef Gyoza with Sesame Citrus Shoyu. I loved the flavor of the beef filling and the flavors in the soy sauce-based dipping sauce, but I wasn't a fan of the gyoza's overall texture. When I order gyoza elsewhere, I prefer that they be pan-fried so one side of the dumpling is crispy, but these deep-fried gyoza made me think of the deep-fried pierogies I used to eat (by the bucket) in high school. While I welcomed the brief trip down memory lane, this dish wasn't really what I was expecting.

Macadamia Nut-Crusted Mahi Mahi with Lobster Cream - Roy's Restaurant - Las Vegas, NV | Taste As You Go
Macadamia Nut-Crusted Mahi Mahi with Lobster Cream - Roy's Restaurant - Las Vegas, NV

What really surprised me was the entree. Or, I suppose "entrees" is more accurate. Most prix fixe menus out there allow you a choice of three items, but Roy's doesn't make you choose. They give you a serving of two different proteins, in this case Macadamia Nut-Crusted Mahi Mahi and Braised Beef Short Rib.

Braised Beef Short Rib with Natural Braising Sauce - Roy's Restaurant - Las Vegas, NV | Taste As You Go
Braised Beef Short Rib with Natural Braising Sauce - Roy's Restaurant - Las Vegas, NV

I was anticipating declaring the Braised Beef Short Rib as my favorite of the two because I'm obsessed with short ribs during the fall and winter months, but the Macadamia Nut-Crusted Mahi Mahi won out. The fish was tender and cooked beautifully, but the star of the dish was the Lobster Cream sauce. I actually dipped bites of the short rib in the sauce because I didn't want to leave a drop anywhere on the plate.

Don't get me wrong... the flavor of the short rib was well-balanced and the accompanying sauce made from the braising liquid helped bring it all together, I found the meat to be a little on the tough side. Had the meat just melted away in my mouth like butter, then it would have been a lot more difficult for me to choose a favorite.

Vanilla Bean Cremeux with White Chocolate and Lemon Sable Cookie and Blueberry Sauce - Roy's Restaurant - Las Vegas, NV | Taste As You Go
Vanilla Bean Cremeux with White Chocolate and Lemon Sable Cookie
 and Blueberry Sauce - Roy's Restaurant - Las Vegas, NV

Now, the choice of dessert confused me a bit. Nothing about the Vanilla Bean Cremeux with White Chocolate and Lemon Sable Cookie and Blueberry Sauce screamed "fall". It felt more appropriate as a summer dessert because it was delicate in flavor and light in texture, something that would be perfect to eat at the end of a hot day rather than at the end of a cool day.

With that said, I did like the combination of the vanilla bean with the lemon, and the blueberry sauce was a perfect partner to both. I just wish the meal didn't end with me feeling underwhelmed.

The Fall 2013 Prix Fixe Menu is available at most Roy's Restaurant locations through Monday, January 6, 2014. The menu is not available at the Hawaii, Pebble Beach, or San Diego Waterfront locations. I'd recommend the menu is available at your local restaurant before booking a reservation.

Roy's - Las Vegas
620 East Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 691-2053 | Online Reservations | Map

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Taste As You Go Disclaimer: I was provided the opportunity to try the Fall 2013 Prix Fixe Menu at Roy's Restaurant in Las Vegas, NV at no cost to me. I did not accept monetary compensation for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

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