At a Glance
What is it?
A fun gastropub concept from chef Michael Mina.
Where is it?
At MGM Grand on the South Strip.
What kind of food is served?
An eclectic mix of upscale bar food and twisted takes on pub grub.
What is the atmosphere like?
Casual and comfortable – like a cozy British pub.
How is the service?
Very good – fast and friendly.
What are the prices like?
Moderate on most things – a little pricey on some.
What else do I need to know?
The full bar is worth exploring.
What’s the bottom line?
It’s time to start paying attention to Michael Mina.
Michael Mina isn’t as much of household name as some of the chefs in Vegas but it isn’t for lack of trying. He has four restaurants in town including this, his interpretation of a gastropub at MGM Grand.
The gastropub concept can be fun and interesting if done right and here, it is. The name is in reference to the year that pilsner beer was invented and although that particular bit of history happened in the Czech Republic, this place has more of a London pub feeling to it. There are red doors that evoke the classic UK phone booths and wood walls done in British racing green along with plaid fabrics. A big bar with lots of flat panel TVs over it dominates the room and there are booths and tables scattered throughout. It’s a nice space – casual and comfortable.
The menu is more eclectic than your typical gastropub with everything from homemade pickles to a lobster bake. In between you’ll find twisted bar food like chicken wings done in a chipotle lime glaze and corn dogs made out of lobster for appetizers; salads topped with barbeque pork or fried chicken and honey hot sauce; burgers topped with peanut butter and bacon jam; and bacon wrapped hot dogs served with pico de gallo. Fish and chips, roasted chicken, steaks, seafood, and Italian sausage and peppers are just a few more examples.
We started with the lobster springs rolls, which came highly recommended by our server and for good reason. Fluffy batter, lightly fried, with moist meat inside and a creme fraiche dipping sauce. Perfect!
For main courses we tried the organic half chicken with sundried tomato jalapeno, the bacon wrapped hot dogs, and some of the BBQ they had cooking in their own pit including ribs, pulled pork, brisket, and corn on the cob. The chicken easily won the contest, with a crispy skin and meat so juicy it practically slid off the plate. The BBQ was a little on the vinegary side for my tastes but still good, especially the brisket that fell apart when you looked at it funny. The dogs were not terribly special but it was a hot dog wrapped in bacon and so that automatically makes it good.
A side of macaroni and cheese with black truffle and smoked gouda put it over the top.
For a capper check out their unique “cake & shake” combos: chocolate layer with a chocolate malted; lemon curd chiffon with orange vanilla frappe; and so on. Fun and tasty to boot.
And of course don’t forget about about the pub part of PUB 1842. They have more than 50 beers including pilsners of course but also ales, stouts, lagers, and more. If you can’t decide, get one of their beer wheels which offers tasting portions of eight of them. A similar sampler plate is available for their barrel-aged cocktails, which are strong in both flavor and punch.
Prices fall strictly into the “not bad” category with most appetizers under $15, burgers and sandwiches all under $20; most entrees under $30; and only the steaks going over $40. As long as you don’t go too crazy with the beer and the booze you could easily do a very satisfying meal here for less than $40 all-in.
A special shout out to the service, which was fantastic – friendly, knowledgeable about the menu, considerate to my eating limitations, and infallible in terms of guiding us in the right direction. Nicely done.
As mentioned, Michael Mina has been around in Vegas for a long time but now he has really gotten my attention.