In a city that hosts some 40 million guests annually, it goes without saying that Las Vegas truly offers something for everybody. Vegas also distinguishes itself from other American cities, however, in that it makes the Chinese Lunar New Year an especially big deal. From special dinners to performances and luxurious shopping the opportunities are endless. For those visiting The Bellagio, however, there is something of a secret to be found beyond the resort’s beautiful conservatory, and that is the special dim sum brunch at Jasmine offered from Jan. 25 through Feb. 1 in celebration of the Year of the Rat.
Now in its 31st year of operation, and a part of Bellagio ever since the resort opened, it is just past the Chihuly-decorated lobby that guests will find Jasmine. Upon entry, they will be seated on plush seats with an unparalleled view of Bellagio’s famous fountains.
Touted by an almost exclusively Chinese clientele, many of them high-rollers and regulars, it is in a variety of languages that guests are welcomed by world-class staff. Surrounded on all sides by butterflies, guests will find no expense spared in terms of linens or luxury. Everything from hand-squeezed juices to exotic teas and coffee beverage service comes included, with a collection of rare wines and spirits also available at an additional cost.
Replacing seats along the center and upper edges of the room are silver steam trays, in addition to live stations, where guests are invited to explore, eat and enjoy. The spread is built to impress, and a young woman plays the guzheng while eyes wander across everything from chilled shellfish to hot appetizers and soups including congee, noodles or even cordyceps. For dim sum, sure there is har gow and siu mai. The latter may come dressed in abalone, while items such scallops on the half-shell come topped with black truffles.
Standing the test of time with Cantonese classics, Peking duck sometimes available and other times replaced by soy chicken, a handful of American favorites are also available. From prime rib to herb-crusted rack of lamb, or vegetarian options such as steamed eggplant and wok-fried noodles, the variety of choices easily eclipses eighty.
Brunch is also served on Christmas, and with regular brunch hours from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., be sure to save room for dessert. From ripe apples to fresh rambutan, the choices to continue health-minded New Year’s resolutions are bountiful. But for those looking to indulge this holiday, the traditional egg tart with bird’s nest, lotus blossom sesame ball and French macarons should not be missed. As with dinner, everything offered during brunch at Jasmine is prepared fresh on-site by Chef Kau Yai and team.
Call 702-693-8865 for reservations closest to the fountains, or expect to encounter a short wait as a walk-in. For Groups of 15, or more please contact Private Dining at 702-693-7317, as two beautifully furnished rooms and banquet tables are available. The price is $68.88 per guest, with children just $20. Using Offer Code ZDFBN to book a room through The Bellagio website, hotel guests can enjoy $75 in food and beverage credit, per night stay.