If you haven’t been to Postrio (in the Venetian, 702-796-1110) in a while, now is the time to get reacquainted. Wolfgang Puck’s hidden gem in the people-watching mecca that is St. Mark’s Square has a new name and new chef. Postrio has dropped the Bar & Grill part of its name that made it a little too similar to Puck’s Bar & Grill in MGM Grand, and is now helmed by chef Mark Andelbradt, formerly of Tao. Moving away from a more casual feel, the restaurant now focuses on an American, seasonally-driven menu with pizzas from a wood-fired oven, fresh pastas such as porcini mushroom agnolotti and even Puck’s beloved pork schnitzel with Austrian potatoes.
In somewhat related news, Jayde Fuzion (in M Resort, 702-797-1000)—the restaurant awarded as grand prize to the winner of cooking competition Restaurant Express—has quietly parted ways with winning chef Seonkyoung Longest; former Postrio chef Mark Sandoval takes over the Asian concept at the hotel-casino. In addition to noodle soups, dim sum and tempura, Jayde Fuzion is heading into the all-you-can-eat sushi game, with fresh fish flown in daily for the resort available Sunday through Thursday at the sushi bar. For $24.95—a price on par with other AYCE sushi joints—you can belly up to the 11-seat bar and eat your way through unlimited nigiri and signature maki. Rolls include the M Girl, made with shrimp tempura, cream cheese, cucumbers, jalapeños and rice, topped with spicy tuna, crunch and yum yum sauce, or the signature Jayde Roll with spicy crab, asparagus, rice and nori, topped with seared tuna, crunch, and creamy ponzu. Also, if you’re over 21 and having all-you-can-eat, you get a bonus carafe of sake.
For small bites of Asian food on the Strip proper, Andrea’s (in Encore, 702-770-5340) has extended its Cheers & Chopsticks happy hour to nightly in the chic restaurant’s lounge and at VDKA bar next door. Available from 6-7:30 p.m., or as part of a dinner-and-show package, chef Joe Elevado’s abbreviated menu features small plates such as black miso cod bites, Wagyu beef sliders and Scottish salmon tartare. The $180 Le Rêve package sets you up with your choice of up to five items from the Cheers & Chopsticks menu, a specialty cocktail, glass of wine or bottle of beer and one premium seating ticket for the 7 p.m. performance Friday through Tuesday.