Las Vegas, the glittering city of excitement in the Mojave Desert is known for it’s black jack tables, salacious nightlife, adrenalin rushing experiences and Strip that never rests – but in recent years it has become a hotspot for foodies, with several celebrity chefs opening restaurants to feed the masses who flock to the city every year.
I’d never thought of going to Las Vegas, not least for the food and had expected to tuck into buffets of all-you-can-eat chicken wings and pancakes – I won’t lie, I would have been perfectly happy with that! However, the culinary experience in Las Vegas is so spectacular that I would go as far as to say it’s now a foodie destination.
If you prefer à la carte to staring at a deck of cards, get these restaurants on your Las Vegas itinerary.
WHERE TO EAT
‘What happens when Lower East Side grit meets Las Vegas Strip glam?’ Beauty and Essex, founded in New York but now also residing inside The Cosmopolitan is a must-visit while in town. Although the name might have you thinking of TOWIE, there isn’t a badly tanned reality star in sight. When you arrive, you might be a little confused as you enter through a pawn shop (try not be tempted by the vintage Chanel), but this gives way to a restaurant and lounge serving creative American fare and the best cocktails that side of the Atlantic. It’s an energetic dining experience with low lights, decadent furnishings and shareable plates. Be sure to order the Chorizo ‘Carbonara’ Mac & Cheese and the Tuna Poke Wonton Tacos.
The latest establishment in the transformation of the Monte Carlo in into two luxury properties: Park MGM and The NoMad, Primrose stands out on the Las Vegas dining scene. Quite European in character, with a drawing room and foliage-laden terrace for diners to choose from, the restaurant serves exquisite dishes that burst with freshness and flavour. Emily Yvett, Director of Beverages and award-winning mixologist has created a cocktail list which features tipples perfect for pairing with each dish. She focuses on light, fresh drinks using herbs and ingredients grown in the restaurants garden. The chefs at Primrose add an unexpected flair to the most mainstream of dishes; with this in mind, be sure to order the banana split.
Emmy Award-winning celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis has opened a namesake restaurant inside The Cromwell, serving delectable Italian cuisine and thirst-quenching frosé. Perch yourself at a window seat and have an unadulterated view of the Bellagio’s fountain show while you chow down on a basket of homemade focaccia and crispy Lavosh. The menu consists of Italian fare with strong Californian influences, adding a lighter touch to the flavoursome Mediterranean classics. The Lobster Hash on the brunch menu is arguably the star of the show, perhaps only overshadowed by Giada’s Sangria. The fruit in the wine counts as breakfast, right?
Giada also opened her second restaurant, Pronto by Giada, at Caesars Palace in May 2018. Taking a page from her highly-successful, GIADA at The Cromwell also in Las Vegas, Pronto, will offer guests De Laurentiis’ signature Italian fare with California influences but in a fast, casual format.
Wolfgang Puck’s legendary restaurant Spago, has opened the doors to its newest restaurant at Bellagio Resort & Casino. Marking 25 years since the fine-dining phenomenon made its debut in Las Vegas, the new restaurant offers an elevated experience, featuring an open air patio with great views of the iconic Fountains of Bellagio. The new menu focuses on seasonal fare and signature Wolfgang Puck touches, as guests have the choice between an à la carte menu and Puck’s multi-course California Tasting Menu. Alongside this, a bar menu of Wolfgang Puck’s favourites is available, as well as an artisanal cocktail program and extensive international wine list to accompany the culinary delights.
Now open on Level 2 of The Cosmopolitan, Block 16 Urban Food Hall is a culinary destination like no other on The Las Vegas Strip. Showcasing a curated selection of purveyors, Las Vegas scoured the country’s most traversed city streets to bring the most crave-able, easy-to-love food & drink to The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Bold flavors, world-renowned chefs and a lively atmosphere draw you in and compel you to stay. From breakfast to late night, at Block 16 you can indulge in spontaneity, absorb the atmosphere—and maybe even surprise yourself.
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