Las Vegas’s restaurant scene is like no other on earth. Everywhere you go a famous chef has opened up shop to showcase their genius. But miX and its owner, celebrated kitchen legend Alain Ducasse, has one up on all the others. My friends, prepare to salivate!
From the moment we came out of the elevator 64 floors above the streets of Las Vegas, Mrs Romance and I were impressed. Like the Delano hotel below it, miX restaurant is superbly styled, situated and staffed.
Decadent furnishings, generous service and in the middle of it all, an amazing platform that seems to hover over the room on a curtain of bubbles.
The platform used to be a private dining room but it caused problems with table service. It’s a shame – I’d love to have a dinner party up there.
Mind you down in the main dining area, it all still feels incredibly private. This is a perfect space for both romance and celebration.
But the best of all are the views from miX’s floor-to-ceiling windows. Panoramic vistas across Las Vegas and out into the desert – it’s hard to describe the beauty.
Even harder to describe is the food. A delicate balance of the innovation of modern American cuisine and French technique and sumptuousness, the menu’s a tricky pick.
Apart from what Mrs Romance deems to be the best margarita she’s ever had (‘Prickly Pineapple Margarita’ – Herradura silver tequila, Cointreau, pineapple juice, lime juice, jalapeño), here’s what we went for:
Amuse bouche of veal ravioli in mushroom broth with coriander and onion.
Mrs Romance’s entrée – Tuna tartare with peanut satay sauce & crisp veg chips. The texture of tartare perfectly balanced with crunch of finely diced vegetables and a very subtly flavoured satay.
My entrée – Spicy crab salad finished with julienne vegetables and jellied consommé. The saltiness of the consommé tempered the sweetness of the crab perfectly.
Mrs Romance’s main – the miX signature dish of ‘roasted Maine lobster au Curry’. Whole shelled lobster perfectly cooked in a light, sweet, pink curry sauce, coconut shavings and red bell peppers on beautifully soft, tender coconut rice.
My main, which was masculine to the core – Bison au pouvre.
I’ve never eaten bison before but it’s a sweet buttery melting meat. The pepper crust adds a lovely crunch but perhaps a bit more peppery flavour than the meat needs, and the veggies were very tasty but a bit soft. It’s still fantastic dish though.
Our sides were superb but the mixed mushroom fricassee was particularly delicious.
For dessert, Mrs Romance had the Candy Bar – layers of choc, caramel, praline and hazelnut biscuit crumb. Served with lime sorbet that cuts through sweetness of the choc.
In the middle of her dessert, Mrs R was heard to mutter: “Like the most delicious Wonka Bar you’ve ever tasted.” Or something Wonka wished he had invented even.
My profiteroles were a game-changer. I’ve had profiteroles many times before but these… Filled with vanilla and toasted almond slivers, and then your waiter pours a warm chocolate sauce over them for you at the table. The sauce is well balanced with a slight bitterness to counteract the sweet filling.
All in all a completely and utterly awesome meal. And of course, you have to go out onto the terrace for another Prickly Pineapple Margarita or two. miX Lounge is an open-air bar that really makes the most of the view.
Incredible doesn’t even go close to describing it.
miX at Delano
Open: Sun-Thurs – 6pm-10pm, Fri & Sat – 6pm-10.30pm. Bookings essential.
miX Lounge bar is usually open until 5pm-1.30am (2.30am Fri & Sat).
3940 Las Vegas Blvd South
This place is just made for a romantic dinner, but groups will still have a great time. In fact, that might even be better because you’ll get to try everyone else’s dishes as a group!
Have you been to Vegas? Where was your best meal there? Where’s the most romantic meal you’ve ever had? Tell us in the comments!