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Photos: Chinese New Year meals at China Poblano and Hakkasan


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Wok-fry lobster with spicy truffle sauce is featured on the 2016 Chinese New Year menu at Hakkasan in MGM Grand.

2016 Chinese New Year: China Poblano

Sweet Life (black sesame seed flan and lychee sorbet) is among the 2016 Chinese New Year menu items at China Poblano in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

2016 Chinese New Year: Hakkasan

9 Hou is featured on the 2016 Chinese New Year menu at Hakkasan in MGM Grand. Launch slideshow »

Chinese New Year — the Year of the Monkey — began Feb. 8. Two Las Vegas Strip restaurants, China Poblano at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and Hakkasan at MGM Grand, are offering CNY menu items through Monday.

For a more traditional and luxurious experience, Hakkasan again offers a signature menu at $138.88 per person for parties of two or more. It’s four courses: soup, small eat, main and dessert, for a total of nine dishes.

I could eat the steamed dim sum platter all day long (or all year long); the roasted Chilean sea bass with Chinese honey is decadent, sweet, savory and delicious; and the duck dishes, on this menu Pipa duck, are always a standout at Hakkasan.

Two cocktails — 9 Hou (Bacardi Maestro de Ron, Giffard banana du Bresil, guava, lime and peach bitters) and Sheng Fizz (Mandarin, guava, peach, lemon, agave syrup and ginger ale) — are fabulous.

For a more casual and inventive experience, China Poblano (chef Jose Andres’ delightful Chinese and Mexican menu) offers eight dishes and three cocktails priced at $10.88 to $36.88.

You can’t go wrong with the three adventurous cocktails: Yuan Xiao (mijiu, Ti Kuan Yin oolong tea syrup and perapina); Green Tea Sour (green tea-infused whisky, St. Germain, lemon and egg white); and Little Riddle (dragon fruit and lychee-infused Baijiu, jasmine tea syrup, yuzu and Belgian wheat ale).

The menu is taste treats galore. Don’t-miss items include Zhu Day’s Yu Ying (cured quail egg yolk, caviar and rose wine); Zhu Que (whole quail, dragon fruit and rose); personal favorite Wealthy Pork Noodle (braised pork belly, hand-pulled noodle and pickled vegetables); and another personal favorite Leaping Over the Dragon’s Gate (a whole crispy snapper with sweet and sour sauce).

Plus a dessert with a twist: Sweet Life (black sesame flan, lychee sorbet and caramelized walnuts). For more Chinese New Year events in Las Vegas, check out the guide from our colleagues at Las Vegas Weekly.

Don Chareunsy is the Las Vegas Sun’s entertainment and luxury senior editor and has been a journalist for nearly two decades.

Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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