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“Fill your belly with good things; day and night, night and day, dance and be merry, feast and rejoice.”

These wise words, from the ancient poem,’The Epic of Gilgamesh,’ are inscribed upon the glowing doors inside of Crush, a cosmopolitan eatery nestled inside the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. And as it turns out, these words aren’t the only epic thing to be found here.

Doors with Gigamesh poem

Open since December, 2013, this euphoric little gem’s motto is Eat. Drink. Love. and they show their deep understanding of the 3 most important things in life (at least to me!) in their presentation, service, and quality of cuisine.

The menu has something for everyone, ranging from sinful starters to wood-fired pizzas and entrees that you can dress up with a variety of creative sides. Our server, Adrienne, was quick to recommend some menu favorites and get us started with what every good meal begins with….cocktails!

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Mint infused Hendrick's Gin, Lillet Rose, Fresh Watermelon Juice, Fresh Lime Juice
Mint-infused Hendrick’s Gin, Lillet Rose, Fresh Watermelon Juice, Fresh Lime Juice

Now, I am no gin drinker. In fact, I downright hate the stuff and the smell of pine trees comes to mind whenever I think about it. Adrienne, however, swore to me up and down that the Punch Drunk Love would change my mind so I put the past behind me and gave it a go. There was no pine fresh scent to be had and no trace of gin on my tounge. It was light, airy, surprisingly refreshing, and not something I normally would order but was glad I did. Later in the evening I also had a vodka cocktail (my usual spirit), the Strawberry Elyx, and while it too was tasty, I must be honest when I say I liked the Punch Drunk Love better! Who’d have thought?

Cafe Britt

Crush AppsAnother thing that Crush absolutely crushes is the starters. Again, based on the recommendations of the lovely Adrienne, we had the Tuna 2 Ways and the Sea Scallop Benny. Are you paying attention? Hear me loud and clear when I say you are NOT to miss the Tuna 2 Ways! The Sea Scallop Benny, with its sunny-side up quail egg, chorizo, and chipotle hollandaise was incredibly delicious but I’m still dreaming about the tuna. One of the two ways is tartar style with a ponzu sauce and my mouth waters at the thought of the second, which was sliced tuna with bacon marmalade and spicy pesto. Please…please don’t miss it if you go.

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The entrees we chose were the Ricotta Gnocchi with braised short rib and pea puree, and also the California Sea Bass cooked in filo paper and served with braised kale and tomato chutney. While the sea bass was undeniably fresh and tasty, it was hard to hold a candle to the braised short rib and gnocchi. The short rib was lean and the gnocchi were plump and tender—I had to police my husband to make sure he shared before he ate it all.

SeaBass and Gnocchi

Far and away, my favorite part of the meal was dessert. I am a sucker for sweets but even this was something I would’t have put together in my wildest dreams. Enter the Sweet Elvis, an after-dinner pizza made with peanut butter, banana, BACON, and drizzled with condensed milk. I just let out a small whimper thinking about it. We had a little Frangelico on the side and let me tell you, by the time we left I was floating on culinary air.

Sweet Elvis

All in all, it was an incredible meal with wonderful service and a classy yet comfortable atmosphere. The music was great, the lights were low, and the food was on point. In Las Vegas, for two people, it is nearly impossible to enjoy a multi-course meal and 3 cocktails per person at such an affordable price (the entire experience was under $250 with tip). I would highly recommend this to any and all who are hitting the Strip. As the prophetic glowing doors inside say, ‘Revel in pleasure while your life endures,’ and you will do just that at Crush.

FTC Disclaimer: This article contains sponsored links from Crush. Opinions expressed herein belong to the author.

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