June 23, 2024


Cooking Is My World

Las Vegas vacation features great new Asian dining places, reminds of good culinary scene in Spokane

My socially distanced getaway remain in my former hometown of Las Vegas from Dec. 20 to Jan. 12 was, of training course, compared with any other due to the continuing coronavirus pandemic. Dining places in Las Vegas at the time were at 25% capability, and reservations ended up essential all over the place, which include at community, 24-hour watering holes, so I didn’t get to go to Born and Elevated on Japanese Avenue.

Some casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip were bustling, some others (no more time open up 24/7 for the time being) were being like ghost towns, but the excellent news is that confront masks have been worn by absolutely everyone in all places I went on the Las Vegas Strip and downtown with my brother, Charles Chareunsy, and hand sanitizer and disposable confront masks were being abundant.

I’m significantly from rich – I’m a longtime print journalist, immediately after all – but Las Vegas was residence from 2008 to 2019 in advance of going to Spokane, and when I return to the Entertainment Capital of the Environment, I stay with Charles in his new house in Henderson in the vicinity of the Las Vegas Raiders corporate headquarters. That said, inns are hurting for firms, so there are promotions to be experienced.

Throughout this current go to, live entertainment was just about nonexistent, but places to eat ended up nevertheless open up, running and active. In fact, Charles and I dined at six new eating places, and new Asian dining establishments ruled the roost, from Taiwanese dim sum and international avenue food items modest plates to the newest featuring from the celebrated David Chang of Momofuku fame.

This Running Tab column isn’t all about Las Vegas, nevertheless. While the new eating places in Las Vegas exemplify culinary excellence, we aren’t missing below in Spokane, and I am thankful for that as I listing some of my favored Asian eating places in the space, so be sure to retain looking at until finally the conclusion. Continue to be with me!

Din Tai Fung

Aria, 3730 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, (702) 590-8650 and aria.mgmresorts.com

I can’t say that I have experienced a lot of Taiwanese vs. Cantonese dim sum in my lifetime, and I’d in no way listened to of Din Tai Fung even although there are much more than 150 world spots, the broad vast majority of them in Asia. Din Tai Fung opened in Aria, in the former café, in Oct, and the incredible dinner was suit for royalty:

Black pepper Wagyu beef, child back again ribs, braised beef noodle soup, crab and pork xiao extensive bao (the signature soup dumplings), chocolate xiao extended bao, truffle and pork xiao very long bao, shrimp and pork spicy wontons, shrimp rice cake, cod dumplings, chocolate buns, vegetable buns, kale, pork chop fried brown rice, lychee slush with boba, orange eco-friendly tea and Aged Fashioneds with Japanese whisky.

Every little thing was excellent, such as our server, Susie, who was like a sweet and caring auntie, and friendly GM Kevin from Seattle. Of the 6 new on line casino resort restaurants I dined at with Charles for the duration of this journey, Din Tai Fung, which was chaotic, wins first area from Charles and me in an exemplary and very tight industry. I am nonetheless dreaming about Din Tai Fung.

Majordomo Meat & Fish

The Venetian, 3325 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, (702) 607-3060 and venetian.com

David Chang’s Majordomo Meat & Fish at the Venetian, his most significant restaurant yet in the previous Carnevino, opened on Dec. 30, 2019, so I was thrilled to eventually dine there, as I am a lover of Momofuku and Milk Bar (crack pie!), the latter of which is co-owned by Christina Tossi.

Majordomo delivered large time with smoked primary rib, duck crispy rice with foie gras, Bing bread with butter and honey, pickled onion rings, macaroni, marinated mushrooms, beef tartare and a shockingly excellent fudge brownie. The cafe was active! Following time: his Moon Palace across the corridor.

8 East

Circa, 8 E. Fremont St., Las Vegas, (702) 726-5508 and circalasvegas.com

My 1st quit at Derek Stevens’ new Circa Las Vegas in downtown Las Vegas was lunch at Daniel Coughlin ’s new 8 East. Coughlin, of Le Thai and Le Pho fame, is slaying it with his Pan-Asian delicacies impressed by Asian foods marketplaces.

Our delicious lunch included a duck roll, musubi bites, fried tofu, ginger chicken pot stickers, crispy pork tummy bacon, pork tummy bao, a guava cider and chatting with Loughlin. Not a one wrong note. Reward: Rates are reasonable for Las Vegas.

Breaking away from Asian fare, Charles and I also experienced the adhering to:

Mayfair Supper Club

Bellagio, 3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, (702) 693-8876 and bellagio.mgmresorts.com

The Mayfair Supper Club, the previous Hyde, at Bellagio opened on New Year’s Eve 2019. Supper provided a seafood tower, tuxedo (truffle) scallops (in a lovely, clever presentation), prime rib, filet mignon, Wagyu fried rice, truffle pasta, two stunning desserts – a cigar with panna cotta and strawberry cheesecake with cotton candy – and pretty robust Paradigm Outdated Fashioneds.

I really like the elegant speakeasy and “Great Gatsby” vibe, and it was superb to see Jassen Allen and Lisa Marie Smith complete yet again with the Fountains of Bellagio as a backdrop. It was great to experience stay music and enjoyment once more, and Mayfair Supper Club has really upped the ante.

Barry’s Downtown Prime

Circa, 8 E. Fremont St., Las Vegas, (702) 726-5504 and circalasvegas.com

Chef Barry Steven Dakake’s new Barry’s Downtown Primary continues his celebrated steakhouse legacy in town, which begun with N9NE Steakhouse, then Scotch 80 Prime, at Palms Las Vegas. Supper at the opulent steakhouse incorporated a beet salad, rubbish salad, fettuccine bone marrow luge, cauliflower, gnocchi, ribeye cap, vegetarian meatloaf (undoubtedly a initial for a steakhouse!) and baked Alaska.


Circa, 8 E. Fremont St., Las Vegas, (702) 726-5506 and circalasvegas.com

It was breakfast at the 24-hour Saginaw’s, exactly where Charles and I ate matzo ball soup and chopped liver – certainly, for breakfast! It is wonderful to have this new 24-hour selection downtown.

Legacy Club

Circa, 8 E. Fremont St., Las Vegas and circalasvegas.com

This is not a restaurant, but article-dinner cocktails were being at the 60th-floor Legacy Club atop Circa – the casino and amenities opened Oct. 28, and the lodge opened Dec. 28 with 777 rooms on the web sites of the former Las Vegas Club, Mermaids, La Bayou and Glitter Gulch. Legacy Club is Stevens’ homage to Las Vegas’ trailblazers and options sound cocktails, an remarkable whiskey software and amazing panoramic sights of Las Vegas.

For Las Vegas residents, and readers who like to dine off the Strip at additional economical prices, I hit a blend of new and longtime favored Asian spots. The new provided the AYCE Major Sushi & Oyster in Henderson (4500 E. Sunset Highway, (702) 331-5510 and opentable.com for reservations). I’m not a sushi or culinary snob, and I overlook my AYCE sushi places in Las Vegas.

Prime Sushi lives up to its name, as it’s a prime location that I will go to all over again the following time I’m in city. Also new: Opulicious Poke & Plate Lunch (470 E. Windmill Lane, Las Vegas, (725) 867-4250). I love the title – Opulicious! – and the takeout garlic chicken, miso-braised salmon stomach and stew ended up exceptional.

My longtime favorites include Hachi – Japanese Yakitori Izakaya (3410 S. Jones Blvd., Chinatown, (702) 227-9300 and hachilasvegas.com) for some of the ideal izakaya in Las Vegas (and the honey toast for dessert is a should-purchase) and Weera Thai (3839 W. Sahara Ave., (702) 873-8749 and weerathai.com), a person of my favorite Thai places to eat in Las Vegas, on Sahara (sure, be sure to, to the grilled octopus and khao soy), and a 2nd location has opened in Chinatown.

Also: Pin Kaow (9530 S. Eastern Ave., (702) 407-1188 and pinkaow.com, there is a 2nd locale in West Las Vegas) for the yen ta fo Jollibee (10485 S. Jap Ave., (702) 625-6700 and jollibeeusa.com, there is one in North Las Vegas, much too, in the Seafood City Grocery store), the Filipino quick-food chain, new to Henderson, for the fried chicken and Filipino spaghetti (with scorching dogs and ham) and Gen Korean BBQ Household (1300 W. Sunset Highway, (702) 476-8559 and genkoreanbbq.com) for AYCE Korean barbecue.

Indeed, it was pretty excellent to be home for 3 months!

Back again in Spokane

Okay, using it back again to Spokane, my twin dwelling due to the fact I have the ideal of the two worlds, there are Asian dining places that have develop into community favorites. In this article are noteworthy restaurants in every single culinary group.

(The pessimists will say these really do not review to Las Vegas and other major metropolitan areas, but the optimists, who contain yours truly, respond by declaring the foods is great – and these won’t split your pocketbook).

Chinese: China Dragon (a most loved from my Gonzaga days) throughout from NorthTown shopping mall and Peking Palace in Spokane Valley. Gordy’s Sichuan Café and Ming Wah are on my listing.

Japanese: Sushi.com (a favourite of my family’s in particular all through the vacations) and Umi Kitchen and Sushi Bar in Kendall Yards.

Korean: Kim’s Korean Cafe near Gonzaga. I really do not know if I have been to a different Korean cafe in Spokane still, but I Enjoy Tofu is on my list.

Thai: Sala Thai and Bangkok Thai. Getting aspect Thai and section Laotian, I require my Thai deal with a number of times a thirty day period. Alright, honestly, probably weekly.

Indian: Noreen Hiskey’s takeout-only Inland Curry, Mango Tree downtown and Leading of India in Spokane Valley

Filipino: Takeout-only Lumpia Loca at Spokane Valley Mall appears to be the only Filipino activity in town.

Vietnamese: I could eat pho each day in this wintertime temperature, and my favorites are Pho Van on Division and Vien Dong on Trent. I also like Le Brothers and Three Sisters in the vicinity of every single other in Spokane Valley.

Be sure to allow me know if I’m lacking any areas at donc@spokesman.com. The new calendar year is off to a sound begin, and I’m holding my fingers crossed that Spokane restaurants will open up once again quickly for in-human being dining past out of doors seating and takeout.