Diner's Notebook

Colicchio makes his move, Fu moves in, and Milos has wine for you

There are usually interesting rumblings on the local food scene, and this week is no exception. Tom Colicchio, one chef who moves smoothly between the kitchen and your television (Top Chef, Craftsteak and other projects) is planning a new restaurant at The Mirage. Colicchio’s team has been quite hush-hush about plans for the new concept, but given this chef’s fertile imagination and cutting-edge mentality, expect something innovative.

Milos, the peerless Greek seafood restaurant at the Cosmopolitan, is doing a small promotion to entice locals to come in for dinner as well as for the restaurant’s incredible $20.12 lunch. Parties of four will receive a bottle of high-end, boutique Greek wine, such as an Agiorgitko or Assyrtiko, (and if you’ve not tasted either of these varietals, you’re in for a treat). The wine is gratis, and all that’s necessary is that one member of the party produce a Nevada ID. The offer will run through the year’s end.

Most of you have already made plans for your Thanksgiving feast, hopefully to be shared with friends and family. If you’re still in a quandary, though, perhaps a visit to First Food & Bar in the Palazzo will settle the issue.

The restaurant’s ever-creative chef Sammy D—who has just opened his eccentric burger joint Rattlecan in the Venetian—has put together a very appealing menu for $42, including items such as hot mulled apple cider, pumpkin corn bisque, roasted beet with frisee goat cheese and traditional turkey with giblet gravy and all the trimmings. Dessert is a self-service pie bar. Seatings are at 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Call 607-3478 to reserve.

Meanwhile, Fu, a new pan-Asian concept, has opened at the Hard Rock Hotel (693-5000). The restaurant will feature authentic Chinese cuisine, with additional dishes inspired by an impressive variety of other Asian cuisines, including Korean, Thai and Vietnamese. The chef is Ming Woo, who had the legendary Mayflower Cuisinier, a longtime locals’ favorite, as well as the short-lived Woo at Palazzo. Her food is Chinese Western fusion, and traditional favorites as well, and the contemporary design—a showcase of bamboo, metal and golden accents—is from the Westar Architectural Group.

Speaking of Vietnamese cooking, what had been my favorite restaurant of that genre, Bosa 1, formerly on Jones Boulevard, has resurfaced with a new name and a new location (3355 Spring Mountain Road), but with a similar menu with the same excellent specialties. The shrimp cha giò (spring rolls) are amazing, served hot, with lettuce leaves in which to wrap them as well as several condiments. Don’t miss the broken rice plates with various toppings as well.

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