Mariah Carey Catch Me if You Can

10/30/2016 7:21 AM PDT

Mariah Carey's Out Again With Backup Dancer

Mariah Carey clearly wanted to be seen Saturday night ... rolling into Catch, the restaurant du jour always swarmed by paparazzi, but she was short on words.

Mariah and backup dancer Bryan Tanaka arrived and left together, and there's no doubt she's trying to make a statement.  He was with her the night before at Nobu, another restaurant where you can count on good sushi and plenty of paps.

We're told Tanaka was a sore point in Mariah's relationship with James Packer, so it's pretty clear what she's telegraphing.