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Andiron Steak & Sea
1720 Festival Plaza Dr., Summerlin
Elizabeth Blau is best known for restaurant development, working with clients like Kor group, Montage, Ritz Carlton, and the Wynn (the list goes on) to design and execute restaurants for their properties. This spot is actually one of her own, and since it’s located far from the strip in neighborhood-ey Summerlin, it’s somewhat of a local favorite. The design is light and summery, with white-washed, barn-like ceilings, white shutters, and roomy green booths. The dinner is decidedly meat-focused, with a long list of serious steaks and grilled fish, and a hefty prime rib on Sundays. Their Sunday brunch is one of the best in town.
Jaleo at The Cosmopolitan
3708 Las Vegas Blvd S., The Strip
The original Jaleo opened in D.C. in 1999, and the restaurant has since expanded to a few other cities, including this Vegas location at the Cosmopolitan. Run by culinary guru and goop favorite José Andrés and his ThinkFoodGroup, its a transportingly lively Spanish restaurant with a focus on tapas (which you can enjoy at the cocktail bar) and paellas (cooked on an open-fire wood grill)—you'll forget your on the Vegas strip. Side note: within the restaurant, is a second, somewhat hidden restaurant, designed to be more exclusive, called é by José Andrés, which boasts a tasting menu and eight seats in front of a chef's bar. Those reservations are by email only (reserve@ebyjoseandres.com) and are available three months in advance. And since we're talking about spots in the Cosmopolitan, don't miss Jose's Mexi-Chinese fusion spot, China Poblano.
Joël Robuchon at MGM Grand
3799 S. Las Vegas Blvd., The Strip
Legendary French chef, Joël Robuchon, has a namesake restaurant on the MGM Grand casino floor next to Cirque Du Soleil’s KÀ theatre—it looks like an Art Deco townhouse from the outside—but once you're inside it's entirely possible to forget where you are. The restaurant, decorated by Pierre-Yves Rochon, includes a garden terrace off the dining room. The brainchild of Robuchon, the kitchen is led by executive chef Claude Le-Tohic (accomplished in his own culinary right), and has earned three Michelin stars for its sophisticated French cuisine. The sixteen-course meal is, needless to say (but we will), out of this world.
Kabuto
5040 W. Spring Mountain Rd., Chinatown
Chef Gen Mizoguchi, the sushi chef responsible for giving Kabuto its fantastic reputation, left the restaurant over a year ago to pursue his own venture (while it’s too soon to tell if it will live up to Kabuto’s fame, there are very high expectations for his new restaurant, Yui Edomae). Back at Kabuto, things haven’t changed a bit: The hole-in-the-wall place is now helmed by Ken Hosoki, who trained under Mizoguchi for many years and continues to serve hyper-fresh fish in a simple edomae style over vinegar-seasoned rice. The interior space is tiny, sleek, and minimal, and the place to sit is definitely at the bar. Though you’re not likely to leave hungry, Kabuto is just steps from Chinatown Plaza, the heart of Las Vegas’ surprisingly authentic and vibrant Chinatown. The exotic fish and produce at 99 Ranch Market alone justifies a stop.
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