By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)
You could almost feel the island breezes.
When you think of the Caribbean islands, you remember the food!
Tommy Bahama makes you feel as though you are in the Caribbean.
Rob Aspaas, Restaurant General Manager, explained, “We try to capture that “Caribbean feeling.”
Tommy Bahama has always been a lifestyle brand.
We capture that “feeling” the minute the guest walks-in the door.
Executive Chef Jason Talbott described his recipes, “The grilled coconut-crusted blue lump crab cakes are sweet in the beginning and finish spicy.
We balance the crab’s flavors with coconut, Thai chile spice and crunchy slaw.
Another interesting appetizer, the Jamaican-style jerk chicken tacos is served with mango salsa, avocado, Asian slaw and crispy plantains.
The jerk is prepared with several marinades and is tender.
The chicken needs slow cooking on the grill which keeps the meat moist.
Our flavors are vibrant and bold.
It is all about the freshness of our food.
The crispy coconut shrimp is prepared with house-made beer batter and sweet coconut flakes.
Our secret is spraying the shrimp with Coco Lopez cream of coconut.
Coco Lopez takes the cream from the heart of the coconut blends it with the exact proportion of natural cane sugar.
We want the dish to be more about the crab or shrimp and keep the breading light to accent the flavors.
You can taste the coconut.
For something different, our take on chicken wings is chicken Lollypops.
We french the drumettes to make them easy to eat.
The slow cooking makes the chicken drumettes tender and they are served with their signature mango B. B. Q. sauce.
You will be surprised to see the pan-seared scallop sliders. One scallop looks like three but no, it is one scallop weighing U-10 (10 scallops to a pound).
The scallop sliders are paired with chipotle aioli, basil, Asian slaw, crispy onions and Roma tomatoes.
Our Hawaiian-style house-roasted pork sandwich is wrapped in banana leaves reminiscent of a luau.”
Even the burgers are prime quality while the American Kobe beef is from Hawaii.
They can arrange for you to enjoy an island tasting of several appetizers.
One standout dessert, the enormous Barbados Brownie is topped with vanilla bean ice cream, chocolate ganache, scratch caramel and chocolate-coconut fudge.
Three people can share it or keep the dessert for you.
Desserts come in different sizes depending on your appetite.
Tommy Bahama Restaurant is located in the Town square Las Vegas shopping center, 6635 Las Vegas Boulevard, Ste. #125, around one mile south of the Mandalay Bay Resort.
Award winning Sandy Zimmerman has been involved in producing television programs, TV commercials, and travel specials for 28 years. Sandy is a syndicated Show and Dining Reviewer, travel writer, Health journalist, professional photographer and talk show host of the Las Vegas Today Show and Discover the Ultimate Vacation travel specials. For information or questions about any of Sandy’s columns, please contact Sandy Zimmerman at: (702)-735-6974.