Anatomy of a dish: The Fat Elvis
Thu, Jul 16, 2009 (midnight)
RM Seafood’s dessert The Fat Elvis combines chocolate, banana and bacon inside a deep-fried egg roll with delicious results.
Food can trigger all sorts of reactions in people—joy, disgust, curiosity, comfort. When Rick Moonen of RM Seafood handed over his pastry department to Executive Chef Adam Sobel in February, he wanted to create something specific that went way past tasting good. He wanted nostalgia.
“Rick wanted things to evoke more of a childhood memory,” explains Sobel. Well, if you palled around with Elvis during his heyday, welcome to your tasty trip down memory lane: the Fat Elvis.
A take-off on Elvis’ supposedly favorite sandwich of peanut butter, bacon, banana and honey, the Fat Elvis switches the peanut butter and honey for chocolate and wraps it all inside a deep-fried egg roll served with a passion fruit caramel sauce that could easily pass for duck sauce.
The unusual pairing of bacon and dessert has elicited a mix of reactions in guests who’ve decided to sit down with Elvis, but Sobel says he isn’t doing anything particularly revolutionary. “Smokiness with chocolate, that goes back to 2,000 years ago in Mexico.”
Rick Moonen's RM Seafood
(Note: Las Vegas Weekly journalist Robin Leach reports Rick Moonen's high-concept cuisine dining area on the second floor of his RM Seafood restaurant has ended its run at Mandalay Bay. The downstairs RM Seafood will remain open during the transformation of the upstairs space, which will be geared toward comfort food at lower prices. The new upstairs place will be called Rx Boiler Room and it's expected to be open sometime in July 2013. )
RM is short for Rick Moonen, a transplanted New Yorker who has quickly become the master of all creatures from the sea, championing sustainable seafood. Try barramundi from Australia or herb-crusted Dover sole done on a Dungeness crab brandade. The restaurant offers two dining options. Downstairs is a full casual dining menu featuring sushi and a pristine raw bar. Upstairs features a more intimate dining experience featuring a multi-course Chef's Tasting Menu that is taking fine dining in a new direction.
RM Seafood was listed in the book “Eating Las Vegas 2013: The 50 Essential Restaurants.”
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