Guess who is back blogging again, with yet another Las Vegas post? This time I bring you... Emeril Lagasse's Cajun specialty restaurant, Emeril's New Orleans Fish House, located in the famous MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. Emeril Lagasse is an American celebrity chef, whose specialty includes Cajun, Creole and French. And did I mention that he is also a James Beard Award winner and have semi-regular appearances on Bravo's Top Chef? Now you know why we came here.
What I love about the Vegas Strip is that every hotel we visited had a different style to it. Here is the MGM Grand golden lion.
MGM Grand lobby lion
Emeril's New Orleans Fish House was almost completely empty when we stepped in for lunch, just a group of four in the dining room and a couple at the bar. I found the decor to be... slightly old-fashioned, compared to the other restaurants we visited. But hey, it's about the food, isn't it?
Emeril's New Orleans Fish House exterior & interior
We started with bread and butter, served at room temperature. Nothing exciting.
Bread & Butter
For starter, we had the Maine Lobster Bisque and the Gumbo. The decision to order the Gumbo was self-explanatory. We were at a Cajun restaurant after all. I found the gumbo to be a bit salty and a bit too peppery, although my boyfriend really enjoyed it. I ordered the lobster bisque because, well, it is one of my favourite dishes of all time. I thoroughly enjoyed the lobster bisque, it had fantastic lobster flavours... briny and savoury. It was the perfect consistency, not too thick, not too thin. However, it had little white clumps (you can see it in the picture) throughout the bisque, likely undissolved corn starch or flour, whatever they used to thicken the bisque. They also could have put in a few more chunks of lobster... It's okay, I understand, lobsters don't grow on trees, do they now? Despite the flour clumps and the lack of chunky lobsters, the bisque was excellent. I would order it again in a heartbeat.
Maine Lobster Bisque
Spanish Tarragon & Chive Oil
Chicken, Shrimp & Andouille Gumbo
Steamed rice and shaved green onion
For the main course, we had the Crystal Fried Shrimp Po Boy and Emeril's Barbecued Shrimp. I found both dishes to be on the salty side. Unfortunately the Shrimp Po Boy, which I was so looking forward to, turned out to be a disappointment. The saltiness covered all other flavours. Not ideal. The upside is that the portion sizes were humongous. Come here on an empty tummy!
Crystal Fried Shrimp Po Boy
Creole mayo, lettuce, tomato
Pickle and Creole spiced french fries
Emeril's Barbequed Shrimp
Rosemary biscuit, fresh chives
For dessert, we had Emeril's Famous Banana Cream Pie, of course we had to. He is famous for it, according to the name at least. The slice of pie was again, huge in size. It had great banana flavours, if you are a fan of bananas, you should give this a go. Although my favourite pie of all time is still Coconut Cream Pie. Too bad they didn't have it.
Emeril's Famous Banana Cream Pie
This was a filling meal overall. The lobster bisque was a real winner, not much left to say about the rest of the meal.
Stay tuned, more Las Vegas posts coming up. I'm half way there. :)
Until next time,