If ever there was a brand perfectly matched to the current Las Vegas scene it is Hakkasan, the behemoth restaurant-nightclub scheduled to open this spring at MGM Grand, a collaboration with Angel Management Group. Its London outpost received a Michelin star and since then locations in Abu Dhabi, Mumbai, Dubai and Miami (plus recently added New York and San Francisco) have garnered a reputation for offering a dining experience well matched to lovers of modern Cantonese cuisine. On a recent jaunt to San Francisco I was given a preview of what’s in store for the Las Vegas iteration. Abloom in a signature lotus flower motif, the second-floor dining room on the corner of Kearny and Market streets operates at a fast tempo, much like the flavors of the delicately prepared and presented fare. While there is no confirmation what items will make their way to Las Vegas, a few safe bets include the steamed dim sum platter—a collection of eight carefully wrapped packages ranging from black peppered duck with pumpkin to the more traditional scallop shumai—the roasted silver cod in a champagne-honey sauce and the crispy Peking duck salad with pomegranates, pine nuts and shallots, which I predict will become a new city favorite.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.