3752 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89158
Prices: $40-$75 per person
MoZen is located on the 3rd floor in the Mandarin Oriental hotel at the City Center complex. The Mandarin is a few steps off of the Las Vegas Blvd side of the City Center complex.
MoZen is a great casual place to relax and unwind while having a fantastic meal. Among the many things that the Mandarin folks do well, is layout. The dining area is split into a couple of different areas, both fairly wide and shallow. Almost every table in the restaurant has a great view out of the floor to ceiling windows facing the strip. Even when MoZen is close to capacity, you can still have a pleasant conversation without having to raise your voice. You also have the option of sitting at the sushi bar.
Service was typical Mandarin. Flawless. Our servers were very attentive and knew the menu well. They made some great recommendations of items we would have never thought of trying, which was a wonderful surprise. Because of the menu and a large number of small plate items, table real estate can be an issue. If you want a bunch of small plates, our suggestion is to work with your server on coursing out the dishes, so that you don’t run out of room on the table.
All of the food items here lived up to our high expectations. While at first glance, the menu may look like its primarily composed of asian dishes, there are lots of different options for different tastes. No matter what your taste, if you can’t find what you like here, it’s probably unavailable anywhere. Some of our favorites from the small plate menu were the Yam Neua (grilled strip loin), Singapore Chili Crab, Murgh Mahkani (tandoor chicken) and the sushi. For dessert, everything centers around chocolate. And, even though you have quite a few choices, you need to go for the Chocolate Cloche. It’s a chocolate sphere, with madagascar vanilla gelato inside. Accompanying it is a hot passion fruit caramel that is poured over the top when it’s served. It melts through the sphere, exposing the gelato and makes for one of the best desserts we’ve ever had.
The Mandarin has a great wine list with many selections available by the glass. As for mixed drinks, we highly recommend the Lychee Smash (TY KU liqueur, lychee liqueur, pear purée, simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, mint leaves) or the Golden Leaf Mandarin Martini (Hendrick’s, Aperol, muddled mandarin, pineapple, fresh lime juice and simple syrup).
There are lots of great restaurants in Vegas, but if you’re looking for great selection, a wonderful dining experience away from the hubbub, MoZen makes the perfect choice.
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Last modified: January 6, 2014