Faux-brick floors, a shimmering water wall, a tank swarming with hundreds of colorful fish, and two open kitchens welcome you into Michael Mina's dynamic, über-hip restaurant specializing in simple but sensational seafood. The emphasis is on wood-grilled dishes with Mediterranean-inspired preparations, and the fish is flown in from all over the world—pink dorade from Senegal, striped bass from Nantucket, barramundi from Australia. You might start off with the lobster bisque with tarragon oil, or the fried lobster corn dogs served with whole-grain mustard. Moroccan-style tagines are a specialty here, as well—consider the one with Atlantic cod, almonds, couscous, lemon broth, and artichokes. There's an inspired list of desserts, including a chocolate molten cake.
Jan 5, 2008
This restaurant came highly recommended by some and since we love seafood, we decided on Sea Blue for dinner while we were in Las Vegas. It was a big disappointment. Despite having made reservations far in advance, we were seated in the bar area, rather than the main dining area. This is a very expensive restaurant (over $200 for two with no wine) and it is not worth the money. We both had salads which were ok but nothing special and cost $14
each. I ordered the tuna medium rare and it came mostly raw, which I didn't send back since I eat raw fish without a problem. But all Sea Blue's fish is served with nothing on it - no sauce or any interesting preparation. It is grilled, supposedly over a wood fire but had no wood taste, with a minute amount of olive oil and parsley. It really had no flavor and I could do this at home on the grill for a lot less than the $41 they charged. My husband had the paella which he thought it was pretty good but not outstanding. The wine list is very expensive - we didn't see anything for less than $48. If there is a chef here with any imagination, they are keeping him well hidden. Altogether a big, boring disappointment.