Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Tender: A Las Vegas Restaurant Review

Images Courtesy of: visionsigninc.com and lucyvegas.com

Our Saturday night in Las Vegas began with dinner at Tender Steak & Seafood located in The Luxor. This meal was taken care of courtesy of MyVegas, the Facebook game created by MLife that allows you to earn points to redeem for MLife Las Vegas attractions, shows, hotel room stay, and more, just by simply playing their game! We redeemed some of our points to eat at this restaurant before our show.

Tender is definitely a manly kind of fine dining restaurant, with very masculine decor. Looking around the restaurant, it almost feels like a formal hunting lodge. The walls and ceiling are lined with beautiful wood panels, and pictures of trees and hunting scenery line the walls. With soft lighting, candles lit on the tables and the complimentary earthtone color palette, it has a very enjoyable ambiance.

We decided to start off our meal with some appetizers. 

1. The Kobe and Foie Gras sliders: Very good! Great flavor and just perfect for sharing! Totally recommended!
2. Hawaiian Big-Eye Tuna: A trio of Raw sesame crusted planks, spicy chopped tartare and sashimi strips served with chili soy sauce and won-ton chips. I did not eat this, but Bryan said it was very very good, the tuna was fresh and he recommends it!
3. Soup Tasting Trio: You choose any three soups. I chose The American Kobe Chili, The Wild Mushroom Soup, and The Lobster Bisque. All three were really flavorful, and I was left wanting more!

For our main courses, Bryan chose the 12 oz. Filet Mignon, which was very tender, juicy and flavorful. We shared two side orders (not pictured) one being the highly recommended Lyonaisse Gratin Potatoes and the Sauteed Exotic Mushrooms. Unfortunately we found the potatoes to be quite bland, and the exotic mushrooms were a little too exotic for us. I chose to have the Maine Sea Scallops (not pictured). These are highly recommended by the restaurant, however I was just not a fan! The scallops were cooked very well, and were set on a bed of roasted corn quinoa, and topped with lumps of blue crab meat mixed with some kind of avocado dressing. The avocado crab mixture looked equally as unappetizing as it tasted. 

We decided to skip dessert in the end, in order to catch the show, but we probably would have ordered The Campfire. It sounds heavenly!

Overall, our experience at Tender was good, though I would order something else if we return in the future. 


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