Dinner with Top Chef Masters Rick Moonen

With Chef Rick Moonen
John Chow with Chef Rick Moonen

After that disastrous Blog World Expo lunch, I was really looking forward to a good dinner. Not wanting to give anything to chance, we headed over to Rick Moonen’s RM Seafood at Mandalay Bay. In the foodie world, Rick Moonen is the god of seafood. You may have seen him on Top Chef Masters Season 2, where he made it all the way to the final three. He lost to winner Marcus Samuelsson by only half a point.

Chef Moonen opened his multi-leveled RM Seafood in Mandalay Bay in February 2005. Since then, it has garner numinous awards including the best seafood restaurant in Las Vegas. The restaurant is divided into two levels. The lower level offers regional coastal favorites and a bountiful world-class raw bar in a bustling market atmosphere. The upper level, where we dined, offers a more elegant experience featuring Chef Moonen’s inventive tasting and à la carte menus. The menus are encased in acrylic to prevent your drool from getting them wet. Something that is likely to happen once you read it.

RM Seafood Las Vegas

A food photographer was taking photos of some of the cocktails while we were waiting at the bar for our table. Since he is not allowed to drink and shoot, he gave all the cocktails to us after taking its picture. We received nearly $100 of free drinks!

RM Seafood Las Vegas

We had a choice of a five course tasting menu or an à la carte menu. We came to the conclusion that five course is not enough to experience the cooking magic of Chef Moonen and ordered nearly everything from the first course menu of the à la carte menu to be served family style (we also ordered everything from the dessert menu). We then each chose a main course.

Because we were seated at a pretty big table (there were seven of us), I wasn’t able to take photos of all the dishes. However, I managed to take enough to give you a good sampling of the food available at RM Seafood.

The First Courses

RM Seafood Las Vegas

RM Seafood Las Vegas

RM Seafood Las Vegas

RM Seafood Las Vegas

RM Seafood Las Vegas

RM Seafood Las Vegas

The Main Courses

RM Seafood Las Vegas

RM Seafood Las Vegas

The Desserts

RM Seafood Las Vegas

RM Seafood Las Vegas

RM Seafood Las Vegas

RM Seafood Las Vegas

With drinks, wines, tax and tip, dinner at RM Seafood came to an offensive amount (it’s actually better that you don’t know). Let’s just say it was expensive enough that Chef Moonen himself came out of the kitchen to have a chat with us and gave us his business card.

36 thoughts on “Dinner with Top Chef Masters Rick Moonen”

  1. Ramona says:

    I know him, have seen all the show’s seasons. The food is a bit too fancy for me (some dishes at least), but I’m sure it tasted delicious. Anyway, would have loved testing some fine dining.

    1. I need to hurry up and taste some good dining soon!! hehe

      1. d3so says:

        Yeah, me 2. The best dining I could afford is olive garden 😉

        1. Olive Garden is Italian food. I like it and they have good wines there too.

        2. Bidet says:

          Olive Garden is a great place especially when they have endless pasta bowls.

      2. Alex Dumitru says:

        Me too. It’s also dinner time 🙂

  2. Wow delicious food..Seems wonderful..Awakens taste buds…

  3. Wow, looking at the food alone makes me want to jump up and hit John’s face so I can stand in his position. The food looks good and hope it does not taste the opposite.

    Anyway John, is there away you can send some to your readers via wireless? lol, Have fun out there…

  4. Daniel says:

    Some of the food selections look pretty good, but most of them are not my style, but i do love cavier

    1. d3so says:

      Yeah, I’m they look good but things new to my eyes, I question.

  5. Abhik says:

    WOW!!! The foods are looking great and tasty.
    Man, some people have all the luck 🙁

    1. d3so says:

      The food does look tasty but I personally don’t like seafood.

      1. If you don’t like seafood it’s hard to see how it can look tasty to you. Unless you imagine it tasting like something you like.

  6. PPC Ian says:

    That’s awesome that you got such nice service from the chef himself!

    1. d3so says:

      Definitely quite an experience. I’ve never had a well known professional chef cook for me before.

  7. Did he give away any free cooking tips??? HAHA

  8. Zac Johnson says:

    Some really nice pics. That was a great dinner.

    1. The pics are great and I wonder if the chef is going to brag of having a picture taken with John.

      I’d like to know the cost of that dinner. Seafood in Las Vegas is not exactly local.

  9. Agung Online says:

    Hi John, not dinner with Indonesian Food? Nasi Goreng. Hehe

    Best Regards
    Indonesia Blogger

  10. Donny Gamble says:

    That definitely had to be an amazing dinner from a professional chief

  11. Thanks for the food log, looks tempting and you can tell it’s 5 -star (at least) cuisine.

    1. d3so says:

      Yeah it’s 5 star cusine but I doubt it’s a 5 star restaurant.

      1. John Chow says:

        There is no such thing as a five star restaurant. The rating only goes to three stars. Five stars are for hotels.

        1. Thanks for that John,

          I think that the star ratings are a bit iffy, especially for restaurants where things can change very quickly.

  12. Rajnish says:

    That looks very yummy, I wish I can also be there.

  13. ow that looks awsome , food look pretty good, i want to tast some !!!! lollll

  14. The food looks awesome but the first question that comes to my mind is: Did you guys got enough of it. I get the feeling that i would starve to death if i had to eat such little pieces

  15. Bidet says:

    The food looks delicious, but way too expensive.

    1. Rajnish says:

      Yes, you are right I also think that it will be to expansive.

  16. Boy these are really tasty and delicious looking food.

  17. It sounds unbelievable that it costs $25/drink but it is true – went to a club there and cost $70 for 4 drinks – not even a fancy cocktail.

  18. Alex Dumitru says:

    Man, you’re so desperate about food 🙂

  19. Food looks great!! Now i’m hungry thanks John!

  20. Man alive. Im dying of hunger lol. Food looks yummy.

  21. You said the very right word “master” because he maid something to get this award by you.

  22. You said the very right word “master” because he really made something valuable to get this award by you.

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