The Downtown small – plates hub headed by chef Greg Fortunato serves up perfectly fried chicken wings and such comfort finger–food as oxtail toast and duckling potpie, plus vegetarian dishes like potato Gnocchi. Grab a spot on the charm and patio and the afternoon is yours. 616 E. Carson Ave #110, 702–868–3355.
As Andres at the Monte Carlo closed, it’s more casual counterpart in the south-west of Valley sprouted up, Giving us classic French bistro fare in an accessible location will be attention to details for what André Rochat’s flagship was known – plus a hauntingly good golden trout amandine. 6115 S. Fort Apache Road #112, 702-798-715.
When chef Jamie Tran quietly opened her Vietnamese-American restaurants in the Southwest, no one could have predicted the game-changing menu she’d bring. Braised belly with crispy pig ear salad, Vietnamese curry chicken and sweet bao sliders are just a few things you need to sink your teeth into if you haven’t already. 8680 W. Warm Springs Road, 702–954–3998.
Martin within the fine dining wasteland of South Eastern Avenue is an away sis of excellence: Boteco. From this tiny, Inviting sport, strict – trained chef Rachel LeGloahec Service and electric, shared – plates menu escaping classification. Share edgy escargot croquetas and rich Botequito sliders… but you might want to horde the savoury braised beef and Piedmontese rice for yourself. 9500 S. Eastern Avenue. #170, 702-790-2323.
From an invented menu transported, fresh décor, you can feel Lorena Garcia’s attention to details everywhere you look inside the Venetians new Latin restaurant. Garcia tastefully blends cuisines – from Venezuelan arepas to Yucatán halibut-in a way no chef on the Strip has attempted before. Venetian, 702–805–8472.
Delicate Mediterranean fish grilled whole, crisp zucchini medallions served with creamy tzatziki, roasted better with tomatoes and serranos. It’s a perfect meal, just one route you can take at this new neighbourhood gem. Elia might set the new standard the Greek food in Las Vegas – including the Strip. 4226 S. Durango Drive, 702–2 84–5599.
If you’re tired of your LA Friends telling you Las Vegas doesn’t have a good Korean barbecue, take them to Hobak. The South Korea-based restaurants group chose Las Vegas for its first US location, and locals and tourists have flocked there for quality Angus beef and heritage pork – not to mention the ample assortment of banchan. 5808 W. Spring Mountain Road #101,702-257-1526.
If anyone could create were the invention to the big Las Vegas steakhouse experience, Michael Morton would be the man. Here he is collaborating with his brother David for the first time, igniting a new wave of coolness at the Hard Rock Hotel with fresh vibes and irresistible cuisine. 702–483-4888.
Southwest Las Vegas is beyond lucky to get to great Greek eateries in the same year. Meraki is The more casual restaurants, serving classics like spanakopita, falafel and gyros you’ll crave every day. And that lamb burger! 4950 S. Rainbow Blvd. #160, 702-202–1002.
Be thankful we are in Las Vegas, where Tony Xu’s imports don’t have the three-hour lines of their so-called counterparts. In fact, the noodle-centric main-Xu’s Second entry into the local market – doesn’t have the crowds of its predecessor Chengdu Taste. Take advantage of this, and delve into Mian’s handmade noodle dishes delivering varying degrees of blistering heat. 4355 Spring Mountain Road, #107, 702–483–6531.
Celebrity chef David Changs foray into Las Vegas at the Cosmopolitan is hardly a study in subtlety, But executive chef Sean King delivers its bold flavours in grand fashion. Umami-laden bigeye tuna with shaved foie gras and smoky dry – roasted mussels Excite, and you can go big with fried chicken and caviar – and addictive combo well worth the tariff. Cosmopolitan, 702–698–2663.
Local foodies Had impossibly high expectations for Sparrow + Wolf as the next great local Vegas restaurant. Brian Howard and his team surpassed all of them. 4480 W. Spring Mountain Road #100, 702–790–2147