Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014 | 11:57 p.m.
LuckyRice Night Market, aka LuckyRice Las Vegas Feast per the program of vendors and sponsors, returned for a triumphant third year Saturday night to Boulevard Pool in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
LuckyRice is a highlight of the annual culinary calendar, and Saturday night did not disappoint with delectable Asian street food and modern variations. Also, the autumn weather could not have been more cooperative. (Last year was windy, which made it uncomfortable around open-air grills.)
Standouts included Ho Chee Boon’s poached Beijing dumpling in homepage vinegar from Hakkasan at MGM Grand; Khai Vu’s foie and crispy rice lollipop with Asian pear reduction from District One in Chinatown; and Mitsuo Endo’s Kobe beef outside skirt, tsukune (ground chicken), Kobe beef silver skin and Kurabota pork cheek skewers from Raku in Chinatown.
Also: Susur Lee’s “Daddy’s Best Chicken” from Lee in Toronto; Kyle Itani’s Yonsei oyster from Hopscotch in Oakland; Chris Oh’s “Not Your Daddy’s Ribs” from Seoul Sausage Co. of Los Angeles; and Telmo Faria’s Shaanxi-Style braised lamb noodles from Chino in San Francisco.
Chefs and restaurants also included: Andy Yang of Rhong-Tiam in New York; Bank Atcharawan of Chada Thai in Chinatown; Ben Spungin of Rose. Rabbit. Lie. in the Cosmopolitan; Cedric Vongerichten of Perry St. in New York; Chizuru Hojo of Monta Ramen in Chinatown; Costas Spiliadis of Estiatorio Milos of the Cosmopolitan; and Erwin Tjahyadi of Komodo in L.A.
Also: Garrison Price of China Poblano of the Cosmopolitan; Gerald Chin of Stripsteak at Mandalay Bay; Jon Matsubara of Japengo in Honolulu; Miguel Trinidad of Maharlika in New York; Mio Ogasawara of Raku Sweets in Chinatown; Pichet Ong of New York; Stephen Hopcraft of STK in the Cosmopolitan; and Wesley Holton of Rose. Rabbit. Lie.
The libations: Asahi, “East of Eden” (with Bombay Sapphire East Gin) and “Imperial Punch” (with D’usse Cognac) by Adam O’Donnell and Jose Salinas; “Fortunate Feline” (with Bombay Sapphire East Gin) by Alex Penalosa of the Cosmopolitan; “Year of the Horse” by Bombay Sapphire East Gin; “East Zingiber Latte” (with Bombay Sapphire East Gin) by Caio Fuganholi; “Honey Gold” by Corzo (with Corzo Silver Tequila); “Water Lily” (with Bombay Sapphire East Gin) and “Hana’s Haiku” (with St-Germain Liqueur) by Laura Monterossa; “Phuket, I’ll Have Another” (with St-Germain Liqueur), “Who’s Umami” (with D’usse Cognac) and “Thai’d and True” (with Bombay Sapphire East Gin) by Mariena Mercer of the Cosmopolitan; and “The-Quila Tarik” (with Corzo Reposado Tequila) and “Watermelon Negroni” (with Bombay Sapphire East Gin) by Tobin Ellis of Bar Magic.
A few quibbles: The Night Market seemed largely scaled down this year — there seemed to be a lot of empty space at Boulevard Pool, and last year included an opening ceremony and fantastic Sunday brunch led by Susur Lee at Bamboo Pool. Sadly, not this year.
And the signage and instructions for entering LuckyRice this year were awful. The third-floor entrance to Boulevard Pool was closed, with signs saying to take the escalator to the fourth floor (both were going only down in the east tower).
If you entered from the fourth-floor elevator in the east tower, security turned attendees away. And no matter if you entered from the third or fourth floor, walking from the west to east tower was an unnecessary part of the route. Really? (Many people could be heard grumbling about the inefficiency.)
Luckily, the innovative, flavorful, spicy and delicious food and creative cocktails made up for the minor hassle. Thanks to L.E. Baskow of the Las Vegas Sun for his photo gallery of LuckyRice.
Upcoming at Boulevard Pool: Dum Dum Girls (Thursday); Nas: Illmatic 20-Year Anniversary Concert with Fashawn (Oct. 17); and Wiz Khalifa with Chevy Woods (Oct. 18).
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas dares to be different. From the hotel’s red reservations desks to fine art found throughout the resort, The Cosmopolitan’s signature style is helping to pave its own path on the Las Vegas Strip.
Upon entering the resort, you’re greeted by pillars of video boards playing video art by Digital Kitchen and David Rockwell Studio exclusively produced for The Cosmopolitan. Just beyond that, you’ll find all your favorite casino games on the resort’s 100,000-square-foot casino floor.
The Cosmopolitan’s rooms standout as the resort’s most unique feature. About 2,220 of The Cosmopolitan’s 2,995 rooms have 6-foot deep terraces that span the length of the room, a first at a modern Strip hotel. Other in-room amenities include soaking tubs, kitchenettes and quirky accessories like artsy coffee table books.
The dining experience at The Cosmopolitan isn’t something you’ll find at other Strip resorts, either. All of The Cosmopolitan’s 13 restaurateurs are new to the Las Vegas market. You’ll find American steakhouse fare in a modern setting at STK, top-notch sushi at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill and the freshest fish flown in from the Mediterranean daily at Estiatorio Milos.
Whether the sun is up or down, Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub is the place to find the party at The Cosmopolitan. The venue is a dayclub/nightclub, complete with a pool and cabanas outside and three different rooms with three different vibes inside.
If nightclubs aren’t your thing, you can grab a drink at one of The Cosmopolitan’s five other bars, like The Chandelier, which is encased in 2 million dripping crystals.