Raffles Cafe

Restaurant: Raffles Cafe
Cuisine: American
Last visited: August 27, 09

Area: Las Vegas – Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
3950 Las Vegas Blvd
Price Range: $10-201: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: Tres Excellent!!

Additional comments:

  • Open 24 hours
  • Menu shows signature items
  • Casual dining
  • A nice 24 hour restaurant (not fast food 24 hours)
  • Offers breakfast/brunch/lunch/dinner/late night
  • Tropical (borderline tacky) decor
  • Huge portions

**Recommendation: Banana and Pecan Stuffed French Toast, Raffles Signature Dessert Burger and Exotic Coconut Pancakes which I didn’t order, but have heard rave reviews about.

I only tried 2 things on the menu so I don’t think it’s fair to give it a full review. Therefore I’m only going to focus on the things that I ordered – which were freakin delicious!! I need to give them their own review. I went at 4am and I didn’t have my camera on me, which I totally regret because I can’t seem to find a picture of these anywhere. The pictures would speak for themselves – you’d definitely want to book your tickets to Sin City if you saw the pics. I hope my description and review does these 2 items justice. For a 24 hour restaurant the chef is wide awake, because the food is fresh, unique, and there was even presentation – which I don’t expect from a 24 hour diner.

On the table:

  • **Banana and Pecan Stuffed French Toast 6/6
    • This french toast was soooo soft and fluffy! It was almost like they used brioche bread. It was thick slices of brioche bread dipped in an egg batter and lightly fried. Then sandwiches between the slices of bread was the thick creamy custard! It was soo decadent and indulgent! Really rich and heavy so you can’t eat it by yourself – such a treat! The bananas are cut up in slices, so not mashed and they’re slightly cooked and warm and then placed on top of the french toast with toasted pecans. The whole thing is sprinkled with icing sugar.
    • This is definitely a dessert! It’s one of their signature items and it rightfully earns a spot because it’s so amazing. We ordered it with chocolate and vanilla ice cream – it’s good with or without ice cream – it’s just amazing. The custard is thick enough to not ooze out on it’s own, but it oozes out when you poke your fork into it. I’m drooling…
  • **Raffles Signature Dessert Burger 6/6
  • (I don’t think it’s the official name, but I can’t find the full menu)
    • This is another signature item! Thank god I remember the description because I can’t find it anywhere. This was such a creative dessert and it really deserves attention. Great concept! Kudos to the chef for creating it. Very well executed.
    • The dessert came in a mini burger – the size of a slider. It totally looked like a beef slider. The “bun” was made of a homemade sesame pound cake. The “cheese” was a thin slice of apple flavoured jello (at least that’s what it tasted like). The “burger patty” was some sort of frozen chocolate mousse. I think there was also a hint of raspberry coulis for ketchup.
    • Wow! This was really really good. It held together really well and didn’t crumbly apart or anything. It was nice and sturdy like an actually burger. It wasn’t even messy to eat. The apple cheese thing was soo unique – I’ve never had anything like this. Teh combination of flavours worked really well and the pound cake was delicious! I’m glad the portion was a bit smaller because it was just enough to satisfy. So impressed with this dessert coming from a 24 hour restaurant.
    • It also came with “fries” – which were deep fried pastries that looked exactly like fries. They were dusted with icing sugar and it came with “ketchup” or raspberry coulis for dipping. These “fries” were not good though – they tasted like nothing. They help in the presentation and complete the concept and that’s about it.
  • Exotic Coconut Pancakes
    • I didn’t order these but I hear really good things about them. I’m ordering them for sure next time.

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