Sunday, October 15, 2017

Citizens Kitchen and Bar, Mandalay Bay Casino, Las Vegas, NV French Dip Review

I was in Vegas for Tableau Conference 2017 and had a really good time.  Eating a French dip while there heightens the experience.  Here is a picture of me (right), Spencer, Eric and Alberto at the Minus 5 Ice Bar in the Mandalay Bay Hotel.  It was fun there.  


Mandalay Bay in the early morning, early October.



French Dip.  Thin sliced Prime rib, Caramelized Onions, Provolone, Au Jus.  Sounds promising.  $20 is pricey.

The ordering counter.  We were there at lunch at it was very crowded.  This is just a random restaurant inside the casino that we picked.

It came in a clear plastic container.

Unboxed.  It doesn't look too bad from here and came with a big pickle.

But the more I analyzed it, the more it looked really greasy.

Raw Tasting Notes

  • Looks greasy generally.  Bad first impression.
  • A lot of meat. which is nice
  • The sandwich alone reasonable, coming in at a 3 of 5
  • It was dripping some kind of unknown liquid, which seemed unnecessary and subpar
  • The meat gets a 4 for quantity
  • The pickle gets a 4, it was good
  • The onions were greasy and not overly exciting, I only give them a 2
  • The bread was 3, acceptable
  • And now the jus: it was greasy and gets a 1.  It tasted terrible and was greasy.
  • I didn't even want to use the jus it was so bad.
  • The sandwich was moist enough without the jus so why bother ruining it with some poor-tasting grease bath?
  • I didn't hardly notice or see the cheese so it gets a 2
  • The coleslaw wasn't that great and got a 2
  • Overall this French dip gets a 2.  It was seriously bad and greasy

Summary

Please avoid this French dip.  It is overpriced and not good.

Bread 3
Meat 3
Sides 3 (average of good pickle and lackluster coleslaw)
Jus 1, just terrible.  I should give it a zero but am feeling charitable.  It was bad.
Non-Meat Toppings 2 between the unnecessary cheese and onions
Overall 2 not a good experience.  Fix your jus and have a prayer.  Make your sandwich, preparation and ingredients less greasy.