During last month’s Blog World Expo, I was invited to diner with Shawn Collins and Missy Ward. They are the cofounders of the Affiliate Summit. We went to StripStreak at Mandalay Bay. StripSteak is the first steakhouse of famous chef, Michael Mina, who’s restaurant in San Francisco was one of the best I’ve ever dined in.
StripSteak plays host to affiliate bloggers looking for the perfect steak in a modern alternative to the traditional steakhouse. StripSteak features a menu with imaginative interpretations of classic steakhouse favorites using state-of-the-art kitchen equipment. You can choose from three kinds of beef, Certified Angus, American Kobe and ‘A5’ Japanese Kobe. Steaks are cooked on two wood-burning grills and six circulating, slow-poaching chambers. The slow-poaching method enhances flavor and tenderness by heating the meat for several hours at a low temperature, while the mesquite-stoked grills infuse every cut with a subtle smokiness.
Because there were 20 of us, we ordered from a group menu instead of the normal menu. I went with the signature tenderloin done to medium rare. The appetizers, add ons and dessert were fixed and served family style. Other than the perfectly grilled steak, which was extremely tender and juicy, we couldn’t get enough of the fries. They were prepared three ways (Michael Mina likes preparing things three ways) and we just couldn’t stop eating them! The truffle mac and cheese was pretty awesome too.
I plan to try StripSteak again the next time I’m Vegas (next week) and go for the A5 Kobe. It’s quite rare to find a restaurant outside of Japan that served real Kobe beef. I guess the Kobe sellers in Japan will sell it to you if your name is Michael Mina. I want to thank Shawn and Missy for dinner. It was really great.