THE DINING ROOM in The Mansion at MGM, Las Vegas – Exclusive and Delicious Cantonese Breakfast

Dining date: Multiple times in November 2012, May 2013, and June 2013

Dining occasion: Breakfast

See the Eater’s Highlights: One of my favorite breakfasts in the world, but at a steep price. My bill at The Dining Room generally averages around $300-$400 USD with tax and tip for two people. The exclusive establishment in Las Vegas provides a calming environment with attentive service and exquisite delicacies. The Boiled Live Geoduck Clam Porridge (生滾鮑魚粥), Daikon Puffs (金脆蘿蔔絲), and Foie Gras & Lobster Dumplings (鵝肝龍蝦餃) are some of my favorite dishes. The porridge/congee and dim sum are cooked so well that I felt like I was eating in a restaurant in Hong Kong. Although I have not tasted from their lunch menu yet, I was told that the rib eye is also very good.

The Details:

Most people are unaware that there is a hidden high roller’s land within the MGM, called The Mansion, which is not open to the general public. The Mansion has its own private entrance, The Dining Room, pool, garden, and guest villas. It is a beautiful sanctuary, quiet from the bustling casino and drunken mayhem of Haakasan’s party crowd. All you hear is the serene sound of the center fountain. The Mansion is a temperature controlled building that is brightened by natural sunlight. Nevertheless, I felt like I was eating in my backyard at home, but I was actually indoors.

The first time I sat down at The Dining Room for breakfast I was surprised by the menu. The right side of the menu featured regular Western breakfast that I was expecting, but on the left side there were Cantonese dim sum, porridge, and noodles. I was VERY skeptical of the Cantonese breakfast, frankly because I was in Las Vegas. However, I took the risk and ordered an assortment of dim sum and congee. Surprisingly all dishes were amazing to my taste buds and overly exceeded my expectations!

Having lived in Hong Kong, I was awestruck not only by the authenticity of the various dishes, but also the detailed effort in creating the dishes. The head chef is from Hong Kong and I was told he used to cook for the government officials. I was also told that nowadays The Mansion caters to a majority of Chinese guests. So I guess it makes sense that MGM wants to please the tummies of the Chinese gamblers!

Dining area overlooking the garden and fountain

Dining area overlooking the garden and fountain

View from our dining table wth a lemon tree!

View from our dining table wth a lemon tree!

Dining area with natural sunlight within a temperature controlled building

Dining area with natural sunlight within a temperature controlled building

Indoor dining area

Indoor dining area

Western breakfast menu

Western breakfast menu

Cantonese breakfast menu

Cantonese breakfast menu

The menus have no price! I only knew of the prices when I got the bill. Dim sum are around $20. The Pork and Preserved Egg Porridge (皮蛋瘦肉粥) was around $20. Boiled Live Geoduck Clam Porridge (灼象拔蚌粥) came in a large pot with about four servings at a market price of $170. Boiled Live Cod Porridge (生滾石班粥) also came in a large pot for a market price of $170, but I preferred the Boiled Live Geoduck Clam Porridge. Boiled Abalone Porridge (生滾鮑魚粥) was $60 for a bowl. In one instance they have also made a special order for me, Boiled Live Geoduck Clam and Abalone Porridge, which was the combined price of the Geoduck and Abalone Porridge. The Chinese Fried Dough (油條) that goes well with the porridge was $10 per plate. (Receipts are included at the end of this post)

The porridge goes well with the Chinese fried dough in the back.

The porridge goes well with the Chinese fried dough in the back.

The porridge are cooked to a good texture and is very flavorful. It is in fact better than what is served in some local shops in Hong Kong. I highly recommend the Live Geoduck Clam Porrdige.

Front: Special Shark Fin Dumplings (翡翠魚翅餃) Back: Steamed Abalone and Pork Dumpling (鮑魚蒸燒賣)

Front: Special Shark Fin Dumplings (翡翠魚翅餃)
Back: Steamed Abalone and Pork Dumpling (鮑魚蒸燒賣)

Left: Special Shark Fin Dumplings (翡翠魚翅餃) Right: Foie Gras and Lobster Dumplings (鵝肝龍蝦餃)

Left: Special Shark Fin Dumplings (翡翠魚翅餃) 
Right: Foie Gras and Lobster Dumplings (鵝肝龍蝦餃)

Left back: Special Shark Fin Dumplings (翡翠魚翅餃) Right back: Foie Gras and Lobster Dumplings (鵝肝龍蝦餃) Front: Daikon Puffs (金脆蘿蔔絲)

Left back: Special Shark Fin Dumplings (翡翠魚翅餃)
Right back: Foie Gras and Lobster Dumplings (鵝肝龍蝦餃)
Front: Daikon Puffs (金脆蘿蔔絲)

Left back: Steamed Glutinous Rice in Lotus Leaves (荷葉珍珠雞) Left front: BBQ Pork Buns (蜜汁叉燒包)

Left back: Steamed Glutinous Rice in Lotus Leaves (荷葉珍珠雞)
Left front: BBQ Pork Buns (蜜汁叉燒包)

All the dim sum were crafted and cooked with great detail and consideration. The Daikon Puffs are very crispy and at the same time melts in your mouth. The Foie Gras and Lobster Dumplings had a hint of foie gras flavor with the lobster dumpling. Many of the dim sum were innovative in the use of ingredients that is not found elsewhere. I highly recommend trying all of them. However, the BBQ Pork Buns did not strike me. They were good, but I would choose to eat that dish at another dim sum restaurant for a quarter of the price.

Shanghai Noodles, Spicy Taiwanese Style Beef in Soup (紅燒牛肉麵)

Shanghai Noodles, Spicy Taiwanese Style Beef in Soup (紅燒牛肉麵)

This was a flavorful dish and I believe it was meant to be like the Taiwanese Beef Noodles. It is good, but if you had authentic beef noodles in Taiwan, then I would suggest trying other items on the menu.

Assorted chocolates and freshly baked mini madelienes

Assorted chocolates and freshly baked mini madelienes

If I sleep and wake up for breakfast, it is usually a late breakfast. These are not meant for breakfast but I am often provided with these complimentary treats when I dine past noon time, right when these come out of the oven in time for lunch guests. The assorted chocolates are rich and creamy. The vanilla and chocolate flavored madeleines are my favorite. Warm and bite sized, how adorable!

By now, I have had breakfast at The Dining Room in The Mansion at least eight times. It is not cheap, but it is Vegas after all. Every time they pour you Evian water and every time I had their Cantonese breakfast. Perhaps one day I will try their Western breakfast when I am feeling adventurous.

August 14, 2013 UPDATE

Receipts to provide a better idea of the prices of the various dishes.

Breakfast at Mansion Dining Room Receipt

Breakfast at Mansion Dining Room Receipt

Breakfast at Mansion Dining Room Receipt

Breakfast at Mansion Dining Room Receipt

Breakfast at Mansion Dining Room Receipt

Breakfast at Mansion Dining Room Receipt

The Dining Room in The Mansion at MGM Grand http://www.mgmgrand.com/themansion/

Address: 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109 Phone: (877) 225-2121

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