Las Vegas Restaurant News
Hong Kong restaurant Mott 32 will open its first U.S. outpost at The Palazzo this winter. The 11,715-square-foot space will seat 242 guests, with five private dining rooms. Dinner will be offered nightly. The name is derived from the address of NYC’s first Chinese convenience store, which debuted in 1891 in Chinatown. The farm-to-table cooking will be led by group executive chef Man-Sing Lee and Vegas-based head chef Alan Ji, with a menu featuring applewood-roasted Peking duck, Iberico pork with soft quail egg and black truffle siu mai and crispy triple-cooked Wagyu beef short ribs. Décor, designed by Joyce Wang, who also designed Mott 32 in Hong Kong and Vancouver, will incorporate Vegas touches such as a dining table made from a vintage roulette wheel and a chandelier adorned with a feather boa. Mott 32, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 866-263-3001.
Philadelphia's Vetri Cucina, which celebrates 20 years in 2018, has expanded with a Las Vegas branch in the former location of Nove Italiano at Palms Casino Resort. Unlike the original restaurant, which only serves a tasting menu at dinner, Vetri Cucina Las Vegas offers an à la carte menu with signature dishes such as sweet onion crêpe with white truffle fondue; Swiss chard gnocchi with ricotta salata and brown butter; and salt-baked branzino. Vetri Cucina, Palms Casino Resort, Fantasy Tower, 4321 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89103, 702-944-5900.
Television star and restaurateur Lisa Vanderpump and Caesars Palace will partner to open Vanderpump Cocktail Garden, set to debut in early 2019. The new venue will add to Vanderpump’s Los Angeles restaurants and lounges: Villa Blanca, SUR, Pump and Tom Tom. Located between The Colosseum and the entrance to The Forum Shops at Caesars, the Cocktail Garden will have an indoor patio welcoming guests upon arrival, an outdoor al fresco-style garden with towering trees and romantic lighting, and inside, Vanderpump’s signature touches of pink, with contrasting masculine details. The lounge area will feature booths as well as a full bar that focuses on craft cocktails, Vanderpump-branded Sangria and Rosé and a carefully selected wine list. Small shareable bites will also be available. Vanderpump Cocktail Garden, Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
Cipriani, the Italian institution which originally opened as Harry’s Bar in Venice, Italy, in 1931, has made its debut at the new Wynn Plaza. The Las Vegas expansion follows openings around the globe, including New York, Miami, Mexico City, Dubai and Riyadh, and is the first Cipriani location on the West Coast. The décor features a nautical feel with glossy walnut, chrome accents and terrazzo floors. The menu includes signature classics such as carpaccio alla Cipriani, baked tagliolini with ham and vanilla meringue; and the bar serves the original Bellini, which was invented at Harry's Bar in Venice. Cipriani, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-770-7000, 1-888-320-WYNN.
Su Casa is now open at the Silverton Casino Hotel, nestled inside Mi Casa Grill Cantina. The new restaurant-within-a-restaurant offers fresh coastal Asian-inspired favorites with Latin influences. Highlights include yellowtail ceviche with spicy coconut broth; an ahi tuna poke bowl with toasted macadamia nuts and Maui onions; a West Coast sushi burrito with spicy tuna, crab, tempura shrimp and eel sauce; a Su Casa sushi roll – eel, tuna, avocado, cucumber, unagi sauce and chipotle aïoli; and Get in my Belly ramen with soft boiled egg, char siu pork, applewood smoked bacon, bean sprouts and sesame seeds. Complementing the Asian fare are an extensive saké list, Asian beer selection and specialty cocktails, like the Osaka Painkiller with Suntory Toki Japanese whiskey, cream of coconut, pepper-infused orange juice and pineapple juice. Su Casa is open for dinner from 4 p.m. Mon.-Thurs. and for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. Fri.-Sun. Su Casa, Silverton Casino Hotel, 3333 Blue Diamond Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89139, 702-263-7777, 866-946-4373.
Strat Café & Wok is now open at Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower. The 24-hour 4,465-square-foot restaurant is situated on the casino floor, and its décor is inspired by the neighboring Downtown Las Vegas Arts District, with pieces by local artists adorning the walls. The menu, created by Golden Entertainment executive chef Johnny Church, features home-style favorites and traditional Asian cuisine, with breakfast selections such as cornflake-crusted french toast stuffed with peanut butter and mixed berry compote; a variety of sandwiches and burgers including a double-double hangover burger with crispy bacon, fried egg and American cheese; entrées like seven-layer lasagna with white wine sauce and pan-seared chicken breast with ratatouille of zucchini, squash and tomato; and a traditional Asian menu, offered from 11 a.m. to midnight, with highlights including orange chicken, Mongolian beef and spicy peppered prawns with Szechuan sauce. Open 24 hours. Strat Café & Wok, 2000 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89104, 702-380-7777.
Catch, known for attracting A-listers from around the world at its locations in NYC, Hollywood and Playa del Carmen, has opened a Las Vegas outpost at Aria Resort & Casino. It’s situated just off the main lobby in the space formerly occupied by BarMasa and Tetsu. Décor features a lighted walkway with greenery, olive trees in the dining room and tones of teal and azure blue. The menu features a raw bar; sushi; nigiri/sashimi; vegan dishes; branzino, swordfish, Cantonese lobster, tuna, scallop, octopus, mahi mahi and snapper; porterhouse, American Wagyu and New Zealand rack of lamb; and s’mores pizza, sticky coconut cake and vegan pistachio “cheesecake.” The beverage program includes an extensive saké, tequila, bourbon, Cognac, whiskey and Scotch selection; and cocktails like the Pineapple Trainwreck with Belvedere, pineapple, tarragon, lemon and Peychaud’s. Catch is open daily for dinner from 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m. and the lounge is open Thursday-Saturday from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Catch, Aria Resort & Casino, CityCenter, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 866-359-7757.
Bobby Mao’s Chinese Kitchen + Mexican Cantina is now open at the Galleria at Sunset mall in Henderson. Restaurateurs Bobby and wife Tina come from Palm Desert, California. Located at the mall’s main entrance next to Red Robin, the more than 7,000-square-foot space offers a main dining area; bar and lounge with TVs, plush couches and booths; and a misted outdoor dog-friendly patio. The lunch and dinner menus feature Mexican and Chinese cuisines and include lettuce wraps, wonton tacos, Asian street fries, burritos, egg rolls and fried rice; and vegetarian dishes such as kung pao tofu, veggie fajitas and veggie chow fun. Bobby Mao’s Chinese Kitchen + Mexican Cantina, Galleria at Sunset, 1300 W. Sunset Rd., Henderson, NV 89014, 702-547-6649.
The LINQ Hotel & Casino has debuted The BOOK, a 45,000-square-foot sports book enhanced with a full bar, restaurant, 24-tap self-serve beer wall, 87 TVs and numerous sports and bar games. Within the space is Sticky Chicken, an eatery set in an actual food truck. On the menu are 12 wing combinations ranging from savory (cacciatore & Parmesan, salt & pepper) to spicy (sticky Korean, Nashville hot); sandwiches, including The French Chicken (Dijon mayo, Black Forest ham, mornay sauce), The Gladiator (ricotta pesto, mozzarella, spicy Italian sausage) and Alligator Bait (chicken, Cajun rémoulade, fried green tomato and Cajun slaw); salads such as a classic Caesar, chopped Southern fried chicken and Asian wonton crunch; and dirty fries, like The Mess (smoked brisket chili, bacon, cheese sauce) and Steak & Eggs (Philly cheesesteak, peppers & onion, fried egg, cheese sauce). The BOOK is located in the LINQ Casino, just steps from The LINQ Promenade. Sticky Chicken, The LINQ Hotel & Casino, 3535 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-370-7736.
The top four floors of Park MGM are home to The NoMad Las Vegas, a 293-room hotel from Sydell Group in partnership with NYC chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara. The NoMad Bar is an all-day dining destination with a cocktail program by bar director Leo Robitschek. The Restaurant will make its debut in November 2018, along with private dining spaces and meeting rooms. The NoMad Bar, The Nomad Las Vegas, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 888-529-4828.
LINQ Promenade Restaurants Offering High Roller Combo Tickets
Two restaurants at The LINQ Promenade are offering packages for a meal and ride on the 550-foot High Roller observation wheel. The Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips + High Roller combo ticket, available daily from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. for $30, includes one ride and a choice of fish, shrimp, sausage or chicken with chips and one soft drink. The Flour & Barley + High Roller combo ticket, available daily from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. for $55, includes one ride and one pizza; signature cocktail, house wine or draft beer; and a choice of dessert, meatballs, side salad or calamari. To purchase combo tickets, visit HighRollerLV.com. The LINQ Promenade, 3535 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
SG Bar Introduces New Menu
SG Bar has introduced a new menu featuring sharable plates, “15-Minute Lunches” and cocktails. Developed by PT’s Entertainment Group director of culinary operations Scott Green, the sharable dishes include adult mac & cheese in varieties of pork belly and BBQ, buffalo chicken, four cheese and wild mushroom; avocado toastettes topped with greens and poached egg; and seared salmon bites with black barley, farro and grilled vegetable succotash. The “15-Minute Lunch” special, available daily from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., includes an adult lunchable with salami, prosciutto, aged cheddar cheese, Swiss cheese, crackers and a baguette; mini sandwiches, including a classic Reuben, porchetta and Cubano; and a soup and sandwich combo. The new cocktail menu includes the Star Gazer with Bombay, St-Germain, lemon and cucumber; Spark Plug with SKYY, Kahlúa and espresso; and Cherry-Lemon Margarita with City Lights Shine Cherry Lemon, Sauza Gold Tequila, Triple Sec and sour mix. SG Bar, 9580 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89147, 702-320-4700.
Sushi Roku Rolls Out New Menu Items & Free Valet Offer
Sushi Roku at Forum Shops at Caesars is celebrating its 14th anniversary with several new menu items and some that are exclusive to its Las Vegas location. The former include sriracha shrimp with Champagne sauce and house-made potato chips; vegan roll with grilled eryngii mushroom, asparagus, jalapeño and almond sauce; Roku cacio e pepe with ramen, pecorino and Asiago cheese; white fish tempura with ginger/garlic/furikake-marinated skate wing; short rib bao with 5 spice-braised short rib and pickled vegetables; and carnival P.B.J. dessert encased in cotton candy, which is lit afire when served. Vegas-only dishes are Wagyu tataki with smoked hickory, truffle aïoli and sautéed shimeji mushroom; and titan roll with spicy scallop, tuna, salmon, jalapeño and miso vinaigrette. In addition, the restaurant now offers free valet parking in the Forum Valet to locals dining in the restaurant. Sushi Roku, Caesars Palace, Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-733-7373.
Slater's 50/50 Offers New Vegas-Inspired Burgers
Burger-centric Slater's 50/50 opened its first Nevada outpost this past summer and now it is bringing two additions to its menu inspired by the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas. The 24K Burger features a 24K gold-dusted brioche bun with three strips of 24K gold-dusted "billionaire's" bacon, a half-pound of Australian Wagyu beef, truffle cheese, baby arugula, bacon jam, roasted garlic aïoli and demi-glace. The Whale Burger contains three ounces of poached lobster, one pound of Australian Wagyu beef, three 24K gold-dusted "billionaire's" bacon strips, truffle cheese, baby arugula, bacon jam, roasted garlic aïoli and demi-glace on a 24K gold-dusted brioche bun and is served with a 375 milliliter bottle of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut Champagne. The 24K Burger is priced at $24 and The Whale Burger with the Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label pairing is $100. Both burgers come with a side of Slater's fries or sweet potato fries. Slater's 50/50, 467 E. Silverado Ranch Blvd., Ste. 100, Las Vegas, NV 89183, 702-766-5050.
La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway Closing for Renovations
La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway at Wynn Las Vegas will undergo remodeling. It will be open for dinner only from Oct. 29 to Nov. 3, and then closed Nov. 4 through Dec. 30. The 3,000-square-foot wine cellar-inspired restaurant created by the Morton Group’s Jenna and Michael Morton opened in 2010. The slated upgrades will come with an estimated construction cost of $1.4 million, and while the projected cost would suggest extensive changes, no details have been released. La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway, Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-770-7375.
Robert Irvine’s Public House Now Serves Breakfast and Offers Specials During Football Season
Breakfast specials are now being served at Robert Irvine’s Public House at the Tropicana on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. The specials include chicken and waffles ($20) and a breakfast BLT stacked with maple pepper bacon, a sunny side up egg, tomato and hot syrup ($17). In addition, the restaurant has renovated its back room into a sports lounge, with drink specials offered during college and NFL football games including $3 Fireball shots, $5 well Bloody Marys, $5 Prosecco mimosas and beer specials on buckets and towers. Robert Irvine’s Public House, Tropicana Las Vegas, 3801 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-739-2307.
Treasure Island Reopens Its Buffet after Extensive Remodel
The Buffet at TI at Treasure Island has been renamed Corner Market Buffet after extensive upgrades. It’s located off the casino floor, adjacent to the Seafood Shack. The refreshed eatery’s offerings include a farmer’s market salad station; dishes featuring international flavors such as a protein bowl with tandoori salmon and forbidden rice, Peruvian chicken with cilantro sauce, Korean beef bulgogi, pork belly porchetta, Italian pizza and lobster ravioli; and a country bakery serving desserts, soufflés and gelato. Prices are weekday breakfast $23.45 (children 3-10 $12.45); lunch $27.45 (children 3-10 $16.45); dinner $33.45 (children 3-10 $19.45); weekend seafood dinner $35.45 (children 3-10 $19.45) and weekend brunch $30.45 (children 3-10 $16.45). A drinks option for unlimited wine, beer, sparkling wine, mimosas and cocktails is an additional $14.99. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Corner Market Buffet, Treasure Island, 3300 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-894-7355.
Dinner and Show Deals at The Cosmopolitan
Two restaurants at The Cosmopolitan are offering dinner and show packages for the Spiegelworld Opium show. The Rose.Rabbit.Lie. offer, priced from $184 and available with any Wednesday to Sunday 8 p.m. show, includes a prix-fixe three-course dinner followed by quick VIP entry to the show with Ringside price category seating. Guests must arrive at the restaurant between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and there is a minimum order of two packages. The Wicked Spoon buffet deal, priced at $95 and available with all shows, includes free VIP line entry to the top quality buffet and a Reserved category show ticket. Visit here for more details and to order tickets, and visit here for the full show package menu at Rose.Rabbit.Lie. Rose.Rabbit.Lie., The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-698-7441; 877-667-0585.
the otheroom Serving Sports Menu Throughout Football Season
the otheroom at Forum Shops at Caesars is now serving its Sports Lovers Menu during football season. Available from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Mondays, Thursdays and all weekend long, the menu includes buttermilk fried chicken sliders with blueberry jam and jalapeño or loaded BBQ chicken nachos for $13; Buffalo chicken sliders or BBQ beef sliders for $12; chicken wings, mini hot dogs or bloody bar for $10; fries for $6; and buckets of beer for $30. Major college and pro football games will be shown on the otheroom's five mega-screen TVs. the otheroom, Caesars Palace, Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-836-2096.
Golden Steer Celebrates 60th Anniversary with Throwback Menu
Golden Steer, the longest continuously operating steakhouse in Las Vegas, will celebrate its 60th anniversary with special promotions beginning in September and running through the end of 2018. To commemorate the steakhouse’s opening in 1958, on September 1 the restaurant will bring back select items that are no longer served on the current menu. On the first of each month through December, these dishes will rotate onto the menu, replacing the previous month’s throwback offerings. The first set of options will include hearts of palm salad served with vinaigrette ($12); frog legs served Provençale or Oklahoma style (market price); Chilean trout sautéed with lemon butter ($24); chicken hunter style – boneless breast of chicken sautéed in olive oil with mushrooms, onions, green peppers and tomato sauce ($29); 14-oz top sirloin ($42); Lyonnaise potatoes with onions ($10); and spumoni bomba ($8). Golden Steer, 308 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89102, 702-384-4470.
JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa has appointed Megan Shaver as executive chef of its Hawthorn Grill. Shaver grew up in upstate New York and earned a B.S. in Nutrition from Russell Sage College, after which she obtained a degree from The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York. She returns to the resort after being at the JW Marriott Las Vegas from 2007-2014. After leaving in 2014, she was in Colorado (Art Hotel and Inverness Hotel & Conference Center), then went to the Virgin Islands where she was at Marriott’s Frenchman’s Reef from 2016-2017, and then was at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. Shaver has also cooked on the East Coast and for four years at the Four Seasons Resort at Manele Bay in Hawaii. Hawthorn Grill, JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa, 221 N. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-869-7777, 877-869-8777.
Todd Sugimoto has been appointed executive chef at Andiron Steak & Sea in Downtown Summerlin. Raised in Hawaii, Sugimoto has a long background in fine dining and working for and with acclaimed chefs. Following a summer internship at Walt Disney World in Orlando he spent time in the kitchen at Sam Choy’s Diamond Head Restaurant in Honolulu. Sugimoto came to Las Vegas in 1998 when he joined the opening team at Todd English’s Olives at Bellagio, and followed up with positions at Bradley Ogden at Caesars Palace; with celebrated chef Michael Mina, first at Nobhill at MGM Grand and later as part of the opening team for American Fish at Aria in CityCenter; and with chef/restaurateur Scott Conant as he oversaw the kitchens in both D.O.C.G. and Scarpetta at The Cosmopolitan. Andiron Steak & Sea, Downtown Summerlin, 1720 Festival Plaza Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89135, 702-685-8002.
Both of Rick Moonen’s restaurants at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, RM Seafood and Rx Boiler Room, closed without prior notice on Nov. 10. According to a statement by Moonen, the closings were to allow the celebrity chef to focus on his numerous initiatives, including an off-Strip location, restaurant concept consulting, his online lifestyle network “Feast it Forward,” product endorsements, various charity events and promoting sustainable seafood as a member of the Blue Ribbon Task Force through the Monterey Bay Aquarium, for which he was a founding member. RM Seafood originally opened in 2004 as Restaurant RM and Rx Boiler Room opened in 2013. Moonen did not provide a location or timeframe for his new restaurant, nor has MGM Properties indicated what will replace the two restaurants. RM Seafood, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Mandalay Place, 3930 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, no phone.
Cafe Bellagio overlooking the garden and conservatory at Bellagio has closed. The Strip resort announced it will be replaced by Sadelle’s, the popular NYC vintage-style deli restaurant and bakery, which is expected to open in December. The all-day dining concept Sadelle's is created by hospitality company Major Food Group, which also has the captain-service Carbone Italian restaurant at Aria. Until Sadelle’s opens, Bellagio guests can find breakfast offerings at Bellagio Buffet, Bellagio Patisserie, Snacks, Juice Press, Palio, Starbucks or Pool Café & Bar; and for a limited time, Harvest will serve American café classics from Cafe Bellagio’s menu from 6 a.m.-2 p.m. daily. MGM Properties will release more info about the opening of Sadelle’s in the coming months. Cafe Bellagio, Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
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