When you consider chef Rick Moonen, sustainability is probably the very first word that comes to mind. The Top Chef star has been an advocate of accountable, community-focused food from the beginning, motivating people to reconsider how they see the environment in connection to the food on their plates.
For his brand-new brunch menu at RM Seafood, Moonen incorporates that sustainable story, utilizing the ever-changing catch of the day for his fresh grilled fish tacos prepared with cabbage-radish slaw, kimchi vinaigrette, avocado and lime crema. Charred Spanish octopus strikes a harmonious balance of heavy and light, with tender slices surrounded by savory roasted fingerling potatoes, cherry tomatoes and an intense lemon aioli.
But the breakfast choices are where Moonen goes huge. The house-cured salmon– with regional arugula and a potato latke– is topped with an alluring caper-crusted fried egg and ended up with dill crema, ending in a rich and incredible fusion of textures and flavors. Order a vodka or gin-based Bloody Mary, and you’ve got a brunch for the books.
Sweet tooth? The stuffed brioche French toast (seasonal berries, whipped mascarpone, berry gastrique and smooth Chantilly cream) is like having your own personal cake as an entrée. And who could say no to cake for breakfast?
If you weren’t persuaded already, the smoked BARBEQUE Stubborn belly Benny– with house-smoked pork stubborn belly, grilled filone, a “best egg” and maple-orange Hollandaise– proves once again that Moonen can do all of it. From his refined spin on early-morning classics to market-fresh seafood and sushi, the star chef’s brunch uses something for every single occasion. It’s class with a conscience, and with Moonen at the helm, we wouldn’t expect any less. RM Seafood at the Shoppes at Mandalay Location, 702-632-9300; Daily 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.