Dinner at the RX Boiler Room
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How many of you dined at a steampunk restaurant before? Is there a such thing as steampunk restaurants? Of course they exist! You can find steampunk influences in all kinds of nooks and crannies. But steampunk dining experiences are few and far between. I found one called the RX Boiler Room in Las Vegas. Specifically, it's located in the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino. You can find the Boiler Room in the Mandalay Bay's shopping area. My parents and I vacationed in Las Vegas a couple weeks ago, so we gave the Boiler Room a shot. The chef and owner is Rick Moonen, who also owns an expensive seafood restaurant in the same hotel. I thought the experience was delightful. The Boiler Room has a fun steampunk décor and a menu that will make anyone happy who enjoys fine dining. I guess the menu is American. It seems pretty eclectic. This place also caters to steak lovers. The restaurant has a really good selection of steaks with variable amounts of marbling.
Take a look at the entrance. I think it's really cool. The Boiler Room's front entrance repurposes a lot of items. I don't see a lot of cogs, but it still screams steampunk in my opinion. It almost looks like the pieces were taken from a junkyard, giving the entrance a post-apocalyptic vibe. I'm going to break up the entrance in several pictures, so you can see the different parts.
They also had a cute sign near the ceiling with traditional steampunk gears. Smart advertising, if you ask me.
Let's explore the interior. The Boiler Room's stylistic elements are combinations of different things. In a way, it's a fancy restaurant. But it also has a laid back and casual feel. The dining area is very classy with a combination of Victorian and contemporary themes. If you're the social type, maybe the bar is a better location. The restaurant has a huge bar that still fits the steampunk image. They keep the lighting relatively dim, giving the place an intimate ambiance. I found alchemy symbols all over the ceiling. Maybe it's the idea of food through alchemy. It's a fun concept. Here are some photos of the waiting area.
Take a look at the bar. It's basically a regular full service bar with a slightly whimsical touch.
Time to explore the rest of the interior. The restaurant had multiple steampunk props and crafts throughout the dining area. This is the section where we ate. It was quite fancy and elaborate to say the least. Granted, a lot of the restaurants on the Las Vegas strip have upscale interiors.
Here's an interesting contraption. I think it's hiding beakers and items you would find in a laboratory. Experiments, perhaps?
A random propeller on the wall! Airships and industrialization are quintessential elements in steampunk, so this little prop works just fine.
I thought this prop was particularly cool. Maybe it's supposed to symbolize time travel in some capacity. I'm probably overcomplicating it, but the artwork is still fascinating.
The servers used carts like this to serve our food. It's nothing special, but still appropriate for the motif. This little cart appears old fashioned and wooden with brass accessories. I'm not sure if it's really made out of wood though.
This cabinet evokes some Victorian and steampunk elements. You'll find all kinds of random goodies in this cabinet.
Now that's what I call steampunk! This prop is an iron octopus with a diving helmet. Totally awesome.
This is one of the tables. I really appreciate how they blended the ideas of Victorianism and fine dining with the punk element. In a way, the table setting is quite fancy. Take a closer look. All of the chairs are different and mismatched. They also look kind of old and dinged up. I thought it was a nice touch.
The Boiler Room also had a giant display of potions. It took four photos to squeeze in everything.
I'll bet you guys are dying to hear about the food. No more suspense. The restaurant doesn't have a particularly big menu, but it still has some variety. I saw a decent range of choices, including seafood, steaks, a pasta of the day, a poultry of the day, a couple more choices of red meat, appetizers, and side dishes. Most of the dishes are a la carte and the menu isn't cheap. It's definitely not the most expensive restaurant in Las Vegas, but prepare to spend some money.
My mother ordered the filet mignon and it looked really good. She enjoyed it very much. I tried a bite of her filet and it was absolutely tasty. The meat was very tender with a lot of flavor. My father ordered the short ribs and it came with mashed potatoes. He seemed to like his dinner quite a bit. I declined to try the short ribs because it's not my type of meat. But they looked quite good and probably less fatty than most short ribs.
I had a really interesting version of chicken parmesan with penne pasta. The sauce was homemade and the chicken tasted amazing. It was juicy and cooked with a lot of ingredients to give the chicken a great taste. We know how it goes. Chicken can be bland and dry, but they did an excellent job with this particular dish. The mozzarella actually came from a buffalo instead of a cow. Interesting, right? The pasta was a different spin on the traditional side of spaghetti. I'm pretty sure the pasta was cooked in a pan with the other ingredients. It was much firmer than the pasta you'll eat at most restaurants. From what I could tell, the pasta was cooked with tomato sauce, cheese, red pepper flakes, asparagus, and more. It had a really good flavor. Overall, I was thrilled with the outcome of my dinner.
We also ordered some extra side dishes. My parents ordered asparagus and it was cooked properly. Sometimes vegetables we cook at home turn out mushy, but the Boiler Room's asparagus was nice and firm. Don't get confused. It was fully cooked, not raw. I wanted to try Rick Moonen's tater tots. Believe it or not, they were incredible! It blew my mind! They're not ordinary tater tots. The Boiler Room's tater tots are much larger than the ones we buy in the grocery stores and made from scratch. I'm not sure what they blended in the potatoes. There were some chives or green onions and possibly some cheese. The server also gave us some ketchup and ranch for dipping sauces. Another great way to add some punk to dining experience! Enjoy some tater tots with your fancy meal! The a la carte sides were also large enough to share and that was another perk. I drank hot tea as my beverage of choice. It's an appropriate drink for a steampunk dinner, right?
Our server was really good too. She was attentive and prompt. It didn't take very long for her to take our order and refill our drinks. Some of the other staff also walked by and asked if we needed anything else. I thought everyone was polite and helpful. Isn't it nice to see good service? Nowadays, I feel disappointed with a lot of servers at the local restaurants.
Basically, I can't complain about anything. The Boiler Room had a really fun ambiance, excellent food, and good service. It's totally worth the money.
I think the menu changes frequently. You guys should read it online. I'm leaving a link for the RX Boiler Room's page through the Mandalay Bay's website. This is a great restaurant for steampunk fans and anyone who enjoys fancy dining. Unfortunately, the prices might scare some people away. If you win some money in Las Vegas, try the Boiler Room! I doubt you'll be disappointed. Have any of you guys eaten at the Boiler Room? Leave a comment and let me know about your experience. Regarding news, I attended the Long Beach Comic Con yesterday. I'll write a nice post about the event next week with plenty of pictures. It was a lot of fun! Thanks a lot for reading my post and I'll see you next time.
9/4/2017 07:23:29 am
Great post! I love the photos, too. I diffidently know where I want to eat next time I visit Sin City. Thanks's Stephanie!
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