Chef Rick Moonen’s newest restaurant, Rx Boiler Room, is now open in Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, according to a press release. The chef, cookbook author, and sustainable seafood advocate created a menu that brings a playful twist to comfort food and cocktails.
“We’re going to be taking a nerdy, geeky, fun approach to cocktails and food," Moonen told The Daily Meal in May. “It’ll be a Steampunk playground." The restaurant’s ambiance is inspired by the 19th century Victorian era’s industrialism, and the lounge looks like an apothecary, with gears, cogs, chalkboard walls, and antique jars filled with herbs and spices.
The menu features whimsical dishes like chicken pot pie nuggets, inside-out French onion grilled cheese, and braised oxtail croquettes dijonnaise. Continuing with their redefined comfort food theme, the restaurant also offers “Mac + Cheese x Five,” which is pinwheel pasta containing five cheeses, as well as “Squid-E-O’s with Spicy Merguez Meatballs,” which has squid ink tomato sauce, calamari, and garlic toast points. Desserts range from baked-to-order cookies with milk to the “Mahalo Matcha Panna Cotta.”
Barman Nathan Greene created a cocktail menu made with unique flavor pairings, such as “Some Like It Hot,” which has Ford’s gin, Solerno blood orange liqueur, honey syrup, lemon, habanero shrub bitters, ale, and smoked paprika-pink Himalayan salt rim.
The restaurant is open every day from 5 to 10:30 P.M., and the lounge will serve cocktails until 2 A.M.