Mandalay Bay has some of my favorite things. It is away from the busy party hardy vibe from the center strip, it has one of the best pools in Vegas, and it has Stripsteak. From the outside, it just looks and give off a normal steakhouse feel. Once you dine there, you are treated so importantly — you are taken care of.
You know the caliber of a restaurant by the water. If the ice is foggy and the water tastes like tap, most likely, the food won’t be good. What amazed me at Stripsteak was that the water they served is bottled Fuji water. It was that good artesian water, and quite honestly, the best tasting water of all time. For them to take the time and money to serve good water to the customers really impressed me. I knew from there on out, the food would be amazing.
Sadly, we did not get to try a full on steak here. We were here for a late night snack and drinks, and this was perfect beyond words. Thinking a table would be a bit much, we ditched our reservations and just sat casually at the bar. The vibe was very relaxing — No nose in the air kind of attitude here.
I asked the bartender. “Can we order the truffle fries trio? I do not see it on the menu.” He responded with, “Oh, those are complimentary, on the house with every order.” For a restaurant to give complimentary fries was amazing to me. It wasn’t the boring bread and butter here. And it wasn’t just ordinary french fries either. These were duck fat fries, done three ways with three dipping sauces — truffle fries, garlic herb fries, and cajun bay seasoning. I will say this — These were the best fries I ever had in my life. The duck fat made it very rich and flavorful. The truffle fries were amazing. It had a light crisp texture, with a meaty and buttery depth. The cajun and garlic herb fries were good as well, especially with the truffle aoli, house made ketchup, and cajun sauce. I will definitely eat these every time I go to Vegas. All for free, and amazing.
The truffle flavor was there, something I don’t get to have a lot. It was buttery, somewhat cheesy, and definitely truffled. The broccoli inside was a nice touch, and it was especially delicious with the fries.
All in all, it was a great meal and snack. Our mouths were open to the rib eye the guy next to us was enjoying. Next time, after a good run on the craps tables, I will have my rib eye.