Hello again! I traveled to Las Vegas a couple weeks ago and had dessert at a fancy restaurant called the RX Boiler Room. It's one of Rick Moonen's restaurants in the Mandalay Bay. Steampunk fans are in for a treat because this place has a lot of steampunk influences. It's retro futuristic, youthful, and the food is great.
Check out the main entrance. It has a lot of repurposed parts and metal trimmings. Very steampunk. I see some license plates, clocks, chains, gears, wheels, pipes, and there's a dumbbell in the main title.
The interior is really cool. They keep the restaurant pretty dark with candles and sporadically placed lighting. I think it gives the Boiler Room a repurposed image. The interior is actually very classy with fancy table sets, chandeliers, and an elaborate bar. Look at the waiting area. The furniture definitely has some Victorian influences.
Like everything regarding steampunk, the Boiler Room takes Victorian elements and makes it a little more risqué or punkish. There are leopard spots on the chairs, as you can see in the pic. The waitresses had some goth elements with their attire, including black leather, corsets, and garter belts.
Here are some more photos that showcase the cool gadgets, decorations, and ambiance.
For those of you who enjoy alcohol, this place is right up your alley. They have a huge bar and it's very elaborate. I couldn't really catch everything in one picture.
I thought the Boiler Room was whimsical and a lot of fun. They had several television screens that showed steampunk movies and anime programs. The music was surprisingly loud for an expensive restaurant, but I guess that makes sense for steampunk. Young people would really enjoy this place, but it might be out of the price zone for some individuals. If memory serves me correctly, their steaks ranged between $40 and $60. Everything is a la carte. Side dishes cost around $10, so expect to spend money if you dine at the Boiler Room. If your budget is a bit tight, come for drinks or dessert. It's still worth the visit and you'll really enjoy the environment. Also, the employees are very friendly with good service. I think they'll appreciate it when steampunk fans come for a meal.
There seems to be an alchemy theme at this restaurant. I saw some alchemy runes scribbled on the walls and ceiling. The picture below shows a lot of potions. Don't forget the gears. It's a hallmark of steampunk.
You're probably dying to know what I ate. Truthfully, my parents and I had dinner at the Mandalay Bay's buffet. My mother and I had tea and dessert at the Boiler Room. By the way, it was excellent. Both of us had earl grey. They serve loose leaves in a small tea spot. Quite fancy and adorable. My mom ordered the crème brulee with berries. I tried a few bites of it and I thought the crème brulee was delicious. It's not overly sweet, very creamy, and the berries added a nice touch. I really liked the crunchy surface that was caramelized. My dessert was the flan and it was terrific. It's less of a traditional flan. Their version is thicker and more like a custard with caramel, citrus, and berries on the top. Actually, I thought it was much better than regular flan. All of their desserts can be shared among multiple people. Their desserts are really big. Maybe we'll try dinner next year. I'm sure their main cuisine is excellent. Here's a pic of my flan. Sorry for the dark image. I seem to have trouble making the flash work on my phone.
Does the Boiler Room have a target audience? I think it's eclectic. We saw a variable crowd at the restaurant ranging from young adults to much older people. There were couples, groups, and singles. It goes to show, steampunk can appeal to a wide audience. The outcome also showed that you're never too old for a trip to Las Vegas.
I'm going to post a link for the RX Boiler Room's website. They list a full menu, a description of the restaurant, Rick Moonen's bio, photos of the restaurant's interior, and a brief explanation of steampunk. You can also make reservations directly through the website.
Overall, I totally recommend this place, even if you're not a huge fan of steampunk. It's both elegant and punkish at the same time. Leave a comment if you have anything to say about this blog post and I hope you're willing to try the Boiler Room during a trip to Las Vegas. Enjoy your Labor Day weekend!