One of my long time favorites in town, Burger Bar, has seriously gone downhill in recent visits. This drop in quality has left Mandalay Bay with an opening for someone to step in with a great burger. Citizen’s recently failed to do so, but some recent messages from a few readers let me to an unassuming location: RM Seafood. Going into a seafood restaurant to try a burger seems blasphemous, but I’m around for one task regardless of the type of venue. I’ve also gotten a tip that the newly opened Rx Boiler Room has a great burger, but that will have to be tackled soon on another trip.
In my mind I always think the interior is a bit dated since it’s been there a while, but it still holds up quite well. Adorned with a wood-paneled ceiling, lots of stainless and white finishes, the very open space is still a cool place to dine. There is a small patio area that’s open to the entrance of Mandalay Place, but it’s a bit loud out there unless you’re just looking to be seen while dining. Both the lunch and dinner menus obviously feature some excellent selections in the seafood realm, but they also happen to offer a couple burgers. Looking to sample the basic flavors of their burger, I decided to skip the surf & turf as well as the one that comes with BBQ pork mac and cheese.
The simpler RM Burger comes with certified Angus beef, tomato bacon jam and gruyere. The bun was great; well proportioned, buttery and delicious. It was crispy and buttery until the very end. The meat had good char flavor on outside, was cooked and seasoned very well. The bacon tomato jam was excellent, but almost too outdone by the garlic mayo mixed in the greens which also had great flavor. As for those greens, it was arugula as opposed to your typical lettuce, and a welcome change; crispy and just enough. I was extremely surprised but the quality and flavors in this burger, and couldn’t have been happier with it.
I usually want to hate shoestring fries, but these were both seasoned and flavorful enough that I didn’t have to shove a giant handful at once in my mouth to get any flavor out of them. They were cooked well, and didn’t have any of the odd oil flavor that I come across far too often. As I said previously, I couldn’t have been more surprised by this burger; no one has mentioned it to me until recently, and that’s a pity. At $18 it’s a bit on the expensive side, but as you can easily spend the same or more at Burger Bar I’d rather spend it here. I did a quick search and found a burger on Stripsteak’s menu that I guess I’ll also have to try, but until I do I can easily state that the RM Seafood burger is currently the best one I’ve had at Mandalay Bay.