Max Jacobson

Max Jacobson

Food Writer


Vegas Seven’s food critic started his career as a food journalist in Japan in the early ’80s. Since then, he has been a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and has written for a variety of national publications, such as Saveur and Gourmet. He's best known as an authority on Asian food, but he has rarely met a cuisine he doesn't like. He has covered the Vegas culinary scene since 2000.

Diner's Notebook

Maneet Chauhan

Indian Chef Maneet Chauhan Eyes Vegas, Raises Aid Money

On the opposite side of the world, relief efforts are ongoing to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and that enabled me to meet the remarkable chef Maneet Chauhan, author of Flavors of My World ($21.95, Amazon.com), a culinary tour through 25 lands with an Indian slant to every recipe. The photos, by Quentin Bacon, are wonderful. Chef Maneet was here last month to host a dinner at Origin India, held to raise money for the typhoon victims. Read More



Where’s the Batali?

Restaurant aficionados know the initials B&B stand for Batali and Bastianich—the stalwart duo of chef Mario Batali and his partner, winemaker and hospitality expert Joe Bastianich. The two men bring you B&B Ristorante, Carnevino, Otto Enoteca Pizzeria and an empire in New York City that includes the one-stop Italian food emporium, Eataly. So when one ventures into B&B Burger & Beer—their new burger concept in the Venetian—one does so with expectations. Read More

Diner's Notebook


Two Bites of Rock ’N’oodles, and Joël Drops His Foie Gras

It seems there is a new restaurant opening Downtown almost every week. What’s more, almost every one of them has distinguished itself in short order. Rock ‘N’oodles (1108 S. 3rd St., 522-9953) is the newest entry, a tiny place with two four-tops, two high glass tables with stools and three tables just outside the door. On a good day, they can seat 12 inside, six outside. Read More