For my first night in Las Vegas, I figured I’d kill two birds with one stone by having dinner at the Bellagio. That way, I’d have a great meal at an award-winning restaurant, and also have a great view of the hotel’s water show. The Bellagio has several great restaurants, including Le Cirque, Todd English’s Olives and Picasso. After a few text messages, Melissa Chang and I decided to give Michael Mina a try.
Michael Mina has five Vegas restaurants (American Fish at the Aria, Nobhill Tavern, Seablue at the MGM Grand and Stripsteak at Mandalay Bay). His self-titled eatery at the Bellagio melds Japanese, French and seasonal flavors.
Michael Mina at the Bellagio (2 of 11)
The salad greens with pork belly lardon and spiced apple sauce came next. Although apple sauce is a classic condiment for pork, it was a bit of a surprise in this dish. The apple sauce, full of fall spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, was a little overpowering when tasted alone. However, when eaten with the rest of the salad, it added a terrific aroma to the greens and toned down the saltiness of the pork.
Here is a bonus video of the Bellagio’s water show.
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