Hakkasan Group to Bring Searsucker Restaurant to Caesars Palace

Chef Brian Malarkey

Chef Brian Malarkey

Hakkasan Group’s colonization of Caesars Palace continues apace. The group has announced that it will install an outpost of its Searsucker restaurant brand in the former Munchbar space this spring. The restaurant bookends Hakkasan Group’s impending megaclub project, Omnia, also slated for a spring debut, satisfying two-thirds of the Las Vegas nightlife trifecta: club, restaurant, pool. Helmed by celebrity chef Brian Malarkey, Searsucker joins existing outposts in Austin, Texas; Del Mar and San Diego, where the brand launched and gained popularity in the city’s Gaslamp Quarter. Malarkey, too, gained attention last year as a colorfully dressed judge and mentor on ABC’s The Taste with Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson and Ludo Lefebvre. Here the Top Chef: Miami alum will showcase his contemporary spin on American classic comfort foods in a laid-back atmosphere. Already destined for the menu are Malarkey’s 38-ounce bone-in tomahawk rib eye, “Eggs and bacon” (that is, braised pork belly with poached egg and brown butter hollandaise) and beer-braised short rib with horseradish pan sauce. On the side, trite staples get Malarkey’s playful touch, such as the jalepeño chorizo “corn off the cob.” As for the fried Brussels sprouts with anchovy, red wine and jalapeño vinaigrette, we’ll reserve judgment on the marriage of those notorious reminders of childhood dinners till we can sample them firsthand.


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