10 places for great Asian cuisine in Las Vegas

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Las Vegas has a large mix of Asian restaurants that serve a variety of cuisine from Chinese and Japanese to Thai and Korean. No matter what you’re looking for, whether it be classic Asian dishes or something more exotic, you’ll find it in these resort restaurants:

Koi

Kumi, Mandalay Bay: Award-winning chef Akira Back serves modern Japanese cuisine with a Korean American twist at Kumi. Start out with either a cool or warm shared plate with items like shishito peppers, Kobe tataki, miso black cod and more. Entrees include options such as Jidori chicken, a teriyaki grilled salmon and a toban filet with mixed mushrooms and Nanbanzu soy. The restaurant also has a sushi bar and a lunch menu featuring bento boxes.

Koi, Planet Hollywood:  This Japanese restaurant was a hot spot in New York and L.A. before landing in Vegas. The menu features traditional sushi and sashimi and a variety of specialty rolls. Cooked dishes include sautéed tiger prawns, steamed Chilean sea bass, Kobe-style sirloin and roasted duck breast.

Yellowtail, Bellagio:  Chef Akira Back offers modern Japanese creations at Yellowtail.  Be sure to try the big eye tuna pizza, served with micro shiso and truffle oil. Other menu items include lobster carpaccio, shikoku octopus and duck prosciutto. Save room for assorted mochi or the green tea mousse cake for dessert.

Ping Pang Pong, Gold Coast: Don’t miss this dining gem, which was named one of the Top 10 Chinese

Bar Masa

restaurants in America by “Travel + Leisure” magazine. You can order traditional favorites like noodles, fried rice, beef, pork and seafood dishes. Ping Pang Pong is open until 3 a.m. for the late-night crowd.

Bar Masa, Aria: Chef Masa Takayama serves fresh seasonal dishes using fish that have not been out of Japan’s coastal waters for more than 24 hours.  The chef’s toro tartare with caviar is to-die-for. Other choices include wasabi blast tuna, spicy cucumber cilantro tataki, toro wasabi daikon and many more. Braised dishes include a short rib with tosazu vinaigrette and a beef sukiyaki with foie gras.

MOzen Bistro, Mandarin Oriental: MOzen serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with a variety of Asian dishes. The lunch menu features a sushi bar and savory Thai dishes. At dinner, guests can try Bento by MOzen Bistro. These two pre-selected bento box choices feature six different dishes from different cuisines such as Thai green shrimp curry, steamed grouper or nigiri.

Nobu

Nobu, Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace: Nobu Restaurant and Lounge at Caesars Palace is award-winning chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s largest restaurant. The menu features appetizers and a wide variety of cold dishes and hot entrees. One mouthwatering choice is the Toro tuna topped with Ossetra caviar and gold flakes. Hot dishes at Nobu include a variety of options like melt-in-your-mouth Japanese Wagyu prepared in a choice of styles. Try the toban style where you cook the tender slices of meat to your liking on hot stones. If the choices are too overwhelming you can always go with a sampling of Nobu’s cuisine with a multicourse Omakase menu spotlighting either signature items or the chef’s daily creations.

Tao, Venetian: Tao — part nightclub, part beach club, part restaurant —  is a 40,000-square-foot mega complex that always has a lively crowd. The restaurant is a two-story space, with tables overlooking a wall of candles and a giant Asian statue. Start your meal with a small plate like lobster wontons or a crispy tuna sashimi roll with edamame. Tao offers a wide array of sushi and sashimi, dumplings, soups, tempura dishes and spring rolls. There are also noodle and rice dishes, Peking duck, Chilean sea bass and an endless array of other options.

Hakkasan, MGM Grand: Hakkasan restaurant serves classic Asian food by Michelin-starred Chef Ho Chee Boon and his team of wok and dim sum chefs. Dishes include stir-fried black pepper ribeye beef with merlot, and silver cod with Champagne and Chinese honey. The restaurant is part of a massive five-level, 80,000-square-foot nightlife and dining experience, which also includes a nightclub, lounge and outdoor area.

Andrea’s, Encore: Andrea’s combines contemporary Asian cuisine with a nightlife experience. Diners can enjoy shareable Asian dishes including sushi, shellfish, dim sum pot stickers, dumplings, rolls, scallion pancakes, noodles, fried rice and more. Signature dishes include the crispy blue crab and scallop, five spice garlic lobster, Wagyu beef sliders and truffled ponzu rock shrimp tempura. Top resident DJs spin sets after 11 p.m.

Kristine McKenzie

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