During a recent business trip to Las Vegas, late one evening my boss and I visited the Crystals Retail & Entertainment at the new City Center on the Las Vegas strip next to the Bellagio. Crystals is basically a mall with upscale shopping, clubs, and dining. Once inside Crystals, the unique design of Mastro’s Ocean restaurant caught our eye. The restaurant was nearly full, so we sat in the bar. We ordered cocktails and were thoroughly entertained with a live pianist and my bubbling and smoking lemon drop martini. We observed and smelled well crafted meals being served to the others sitting in the bar and restaurant and decided we really needed to give the food a try. We saw some beautiful filet mignons pass by and saw huge misting seafood towers being served to a table of diners. We ordered a king crab gnocchi dish that was covered with a light alfredo sauce. The dish was finished off with a fine breadcrumb crust. I usually do not like gnocchi as it is too gummy, however, this gnocchi melted in your mouth and the taste was incredible. In addition to the order of gnocchi, we ordered a side of sautéed broccoli and a side of garlic mashed potatoes, which left us with enough food to feed four or five people. Mastro’s Ocean is fairly pricy, but the presentation, quantity, and quality of the food and the excellent service make it one of those special places that you just have to try.
Viva Las Vegas. ~merry~
Mastro’s Ocean restaurant and bar
The dining room