Although Las Vegas’ splendid Chinatown spans nearly the entire length of Spring Mountain Road, those seeking a refined experience are often left for want. Sure, there are places like Abriya Raku and Kabuto, but as far as Cantonese or Shanghainese cuisine goes, the options are far more humble. It is in these situations that those seeking authenticity should be directed to Las Vegas Boulevard, where America’s first Michelin starred Chinese restaurant still stands, in addition to these five other impressive restaurants.
Offering nearly one hundred dishes, it may seem like Blossom was built with a shotgun approach, but a closer look at Chi Kwun Choi’s menu speaks of a Chef who has been practicing his craft long enough to have mastered at least that many. Located next to Aria’s Baccarat Salon and featuring white tablecloths, it is in a stylish room that a wide range of ages and ethnicities are invited to partake in everything from noodles and rice to soup and hot pot. Offering both classics and modern interpretations with high-quality ingredients, Blossom comes in clutch. Those seeking goose liver in Las Vegas will be thrilled to see a seared steak served with black pepper while golden seafood medallions seamlessly blend shrimp toast and crab rangoon into a creamy and delicious bite.
Magnificent in magnitude, with soaring ceilings above dark woods juxtaposed with white leather and signature styling, a meal at Hakkasan always feels like an event. Perhaps best known as a nightclub, but also a Michelin-starred restaurant in its London location, those visiting the MGM Grand hotspot will find some 80,000 square feet of space boasting some of Sin City’s top DJs, plus a dynamic menu of modernized “Chinoise chic” fare. Boasting the talents of Ho Chee Boon, Hakkasan makes it clear that, while it is true that Peking duck may not need to be accompanied by Tsar Nicoulai reserve caviar, the addition certainly does not hurt. Dishes like braised whole sea bass and egg tofu in a claypot and housemade macarons are absolute musts.
Without a doubt one of Las Vegas’ most elegant dining rooms, an almost exclusively Chinese clientele that includes frequent visits by foreign high rollers dictate Jasmine’s menu, which showcases both Cantonese classics and luxury ingredients. Jasmine has withstood the test of time, as it has been a part of the Bellagio ever since the resort opened. Guests visiting the room with floor-to-ceiling windows will be as thrilled by the cooking as they are by the unparalleled fountain views. Once known for its famous brunch, which is resurrected yearly for both the global and Chinese New Year, Jasmine allows diners to expect typically impressive Bellagio hospitality. Guests should not leave without tasting the walnut prawns and at least one dish featuring abalone.
Designed as an ode to the Tang Dynasty, it is where Pearl once stood at MGM that guests will find China Tang’s first location in the Western Hemisphere. Owned and operated to the exacting specifications of Hong Kong’s Lai Sun Group, this restaurant in The District is where Executive Chef Larry Ng leads a kitchen full of men and women specializing in wok, barbeque plus dim sum. Featuring everything from live fish tanks to an $80,000 oven used only for Beijing Duck, no expense was spared in making China Tang every bit as impressive as its eastern iterations. Currently Las Vegas’ only restaurant offering F1 Wagyu, fans of beef should spare no expense ordering a few ounces while pescatarians would be well advised to seek out coral cod or dried oysters, should they be offered among the nightly specials.
Named after the location of New York’s first Chinese market, and focused on making Cantonese banquet cuisine more accessible, Mott 32 brings one of Hong Kong’s best known restaurants to The Palazzo. Owned by Malcolm Wood and managed by Nathan Grates, Mott 32 dazzles guests with a gorgeous lounge before they proceed to a multi-million-dollar build-out, complete with silk and gold wallpaper inside one of Las Vegas’ most ornate spaces. From creative dim sum – such as spicy Iberico pork xiao long bao – to crispy beef, the starting plates are not to be missed. In terms of entrees, the dry-aged tableside Peking Duck is truly a work of art. Adding on a diverse wine list, thrilling cocktails and an energetic staff, this one looks built to last.