Hakkasan Las Vegas
Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 | 2 a.m.
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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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.