Take your liquor with a side of liquid nitrogen
Tue, Mar 15, 2011 (6 p.m.)
Fleur spices up their mixology with liquid nitrogen.
The process is unique, and the texture is delightful. The price? Well, it’s a bit steep. Hubert Keller’s Fleur (inside Mandalay Bay) is taking frozen drinks to the next level with liquid nitrogen-frozen cocktails, available as margaritas or caipirinhas. The ingredients are wheeled to your table on a mixing cart, where your server adds the liquid nitrogen, dare we say, risking injury in order to freeze your cocktail with a vigorous hand-whisking. Even the alcohol is frozen while the liquid nitrogen bubbles and fogs over the metal mixing bowl—something freezers, slushy machines and even dry ice can’t achieve. The end product is a potent, sorbet-like “drink” that is scooped into your glass and served with a spoon. Despite the hefty $25 price, it’s tasty. But be warned: This writer burned her tongue on the first sampling, and the alcohol can separate quickly. A quick stir and a careful first sip are recommended.
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino is a unique destination resort set on 120 lush acres on the Las Vegas Strip. The resort offers three distinct hotel experiences: Mandalay Bay, a AAA Four Diamond award-winning hotel, with 3,211 luxurious rooms and suites reflecting a modern tropical ambiance; Four Seasons Hotel, a AAA Five Diamond hotel-within-a-hotel, offering 424 rooms and suites; and the stand-alone all-suite THEhotel which will be redesigned and rebranded Delano Las Vegas in late 2013.
Mandalay Bay boasts an 11-acre tropical pool paradise, featuring real sand, a wave pool and the only climate-controlled, poolside gaming in the city.
Other property highlights include world-class entertainment at the 12,000-seat Mandalay Bay Events Center, award-winning dining by celebrity chefs and restaurateurs, Shark Reef Aquarium and the 1.7-million-square-foot Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
Mandalay Bay’s offerings also include BATHHOUSE Spa, House of Blues Concert Hall and restaurant, and The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, a collection of unique boutiques and restaurants.
In 2013, Mandalay Bay will become home to a resident Cirque du Soleil production based on the music and choreography of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Fleur by Hubert Keller
Enjoy the world's finest tastes gathered from around the globe and tastefully presented on small plates by "Top Chef" Master Chef Hubert Keller. Fleur offers casual seating at the bar, lounge and patio as well as a more intimate experience in its dining room. Keller's restaurant features French cooking accented with Mediterranean flavors.
He also takes cocktails to the next level, using liquid nitrogen as part of his mixology. Looking for a $5,000 burger fix? High-rollers can indulge in his foie gras and black truffle-topped Kobe burger.
Fleur is listed in the book “Eating Las Vegas 2013: The 50 Essential Restaurants.”
Lunch is served 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dinner is 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
3950 S. Las Vegas Boulevard