Best of the Best
HAKKASAN Celebrates Golden Week
HAKKASAN Restaurant is located in the beautiful MGM Hotel. As you walk in the entrance you are greeted by the beautiful signature blue hues, which give a relaxing atmosphere. Opening in New York, they have branched out worldwide to include Dubai, Shanghai and Jakarta. In Las Vegas, Hakkasan represents Herringbone, Searsucker, Yellowtail, Kumi, Red Square, Stack, Fix and Citizen’s Kitchen. David Munoz, owner and Executive Chef of Street XO in Mayfair, England, put together a new Chinese Festival Menu for Golden Week, which was served from September 25-October 22. During my visit I started with a Blood & Sand cocktail with 12-year-old Balmore Scotch, Antica Formula Vermouth, Cherry Herring, Umeshu Aragoshi Plum Liquor, blood orange and orange wood smoke infusion. As they brought it out, it was actually smoking. My guest had a Smoke & Spice made with El Silencio Mezcal, watermelon, celery, bay leaf, lemon juice and Hellfire Bitters. We both ended with a Smoky Negroni: Botanist Gin, Antica Formula Vermouth, Campari and a Grand Marnier smoke infusion. For appetizers, Chef combined lamb dumpling with chocolate and mint, chili crab dumpling with black sesame sponge and a soft-shell crab and Spanish tortilla dim sum with truffle and quail egg. Other main course extras that were new were stir-fry rib eye beef with gnocchi and lily bulb, enoki mushroom noodles and a three way crispy egg fried on rice puff with paprika. Desserts that were new for Golden Week included a calamansi curd, orange and tarragon sorbet with tomato cremeux and a Vegas Concord with blood orange cremeux, vanilla sable Breton, concord grape sorbet and fresh fruits.
Hakkasan has two levels, with a lovely private dining room overlooking the lounge that can hold up to 30 at a seating. Hours are M-W 6-10:30 p.m., Thurs-Sat 6-midnight and Sunday 6-11 p.m. 702-891-7888
Brunch to Broadway at Red Rock Resort
Red Rock is launching a Brunch to Broadway show, 50 minutes of the history of Broadway with renditions of some of the most celebrated hits on alternating Sundays at the Rocks Lounge. Robert Torte and DeLee Lively-Tori, resident Las Vegas husband and wife, came up with this pleasing concept. Performing tunes from A Chorus Line, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Rock of Ages and Jailhouse Rock, this six-person cast has some of the top entertainers in Las Vegas, including the fabulous Eric Jordan Young. Tickets are $32, which includes brunch and show, with performances on Oct 22, Nov. 5 and Nov. 19. Tickets can be purchased thru the Station Casinos Reward Center. We hope they will continue this into December.
Innovative Dining Group celebrated its 20th anniversary in Las Vegas this year with its fabulous restaurant SUSHI ROKU located in The Forum Shops on the third floor, north end.
Wolfgang Puck hosted the fifth annual Sip & Savor benefit for Keep Memory Alive at Spago, which will have been the last one held at the Forum Shops before it relocates to Bellagio next year. As always it was a tremendous success with all wines provided by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits.
GIADA at The Cromwell has a new aperitif hour menu. From 4:30-6:30 p.m. guests can try out antipasti platters along with signature drinks such as the Frose: a frozen blend of rose, peach puree, Limoncello and Grand Marnier.
Opening recently at Tivoli Village are Canter’s Deli along with the new Hamptons, and the second location of Leticia’s Mexican Cocina.