I was taken out to lunch recently to Mandalay Lounge and Steakhouse in Steveston. I rarely venture out to the quaint riverside village in Richmond but I’m glad we did, tucked in behind some other restaurants and shops Mandalay Lounge has a great location right on the riverside boardwalk. Boats come and go from the nearby docks, providing a backdrop to a pleasant atmosphere. A varied menu meant there was something for everyone at lunch. As expected from a venue on the waterfront, seafood is plentiful throughout the menu; Moo Shu Crab Cakes, Spicy Tuna Sashimi, Pacific Seafood Chowder and Mandalay Prawns are amongst the starters. Follow them up with a main course of; Steak & Frites, Wild Mushroom Ravioli, Certified Angus Beef Prime Rib Burger, Chicken Mushroom Tagliatelle or Wild Salmon. A nice touch for the busy lunch crowd are the Mandalay Express Lunch Rice & Noodle Bowls, a selection of 6 Asian inspired bowls prepared quickly and easily for your lunch break. Two of my friends ordered the Thai Red Curry Seafood bowls, nicely seasoned and full of seafood. My other friend has the Wild Salmon, a nicely cooked fillet served with rice and vegetables. My Chicken Mushroom Tagliatelle was rich and full of chicken and meaty mushrooms in a nicely seasoned sauce. Add a glass of wine from the nicely choosen wine list and you’ve got a great afternoon on the shore.
Mandalay Lounge & Steakhouse is located at 140 – 3900 Bayview Street, Steveston, Richmond, BC (behind Hog Shack Restaurant) Phone (604) 628-2500 for information and reservations
Via Brasil Steakhouse is an authentic Brazilian Steakhouse located in the Summerlin suburb of Las Vegas. Serving 18 cuts of all-you-can-eat, meat directly to your table, plus a large selection of salads, sides and accompaniments. I visited recently on a trip to Las Vegas for a friends wedding, Via Brasil, though located 20 minutes away from the Vegas strip, was a great location for a group meal. Conveniently, the restaurant provides shuttle pick up and drop off service from / to the Strip, a mini-coach ride to the mystery location of the restaurant built anticipation of the meal ahead. Upon arrival at the restaurant, the friendly staff showed us to our table in a semi-private area. Starting with the great choices from the 30 cold dishes and 6 hot selections, which were enough to be a meal on their own. Following our initial plates, the servers began circulating with the skewers of meats. Chicken, turkey, beef, pork, sausage and scallops were all seductively brought tableside on a 3 foot skewer and cuts are placed on your plate by a very large machete-like knife. While more and more meat is delivered it seems never ending, it’s convenient that diners are given small discs reading “Meat” “No Meat”, keep it reading “Meat” if you want to continue eating but once full, turn it to “No Meat” and the servers will by-pass your plate. However, even after the “No Meat” is turned, the meal isn’t over as the dessert server brings around the dessert cart for your finishing course; cheesecake, chocolate mousse, cakes and parfaits. All were rich and decadently tasty. I think everyone at the table came away feeling full but completely satisfied but a great meal with great company. With so many amazing eating choices in Las Vegas, it takes a lot to stand you and Via Brasil Steakhouse certainly does that. It’s worth a visit on your next visit.