If you’ve been hankering to dine upscale at one of Aria’s heavy hitters, there is good news: The resort is offering early evening menus and Viva Elvis show packages in eight of its best restaurants—American Fish, Blossom, Jean-Georges Steakhouse, Julian Serrano, Lemongrass, Sage, Sirio and Union.
Glancing around the menu of this pan-Asian restaurant isn’t as much fun as staring up at the bamboo shapes suspended from the ceiling, but eating from it certainly is. The chef, a young Thai native who worked at Bangkok’s Mandarin Oriental, hasn’t so much Americanized his menu as personalized it. And his yum nua (Thai beef salad), composed of basil, lemongrass, meltingly tender beef and, yes, grapes, is world-class. $22, in Aria at CityCenter, 590-8670.
With 17 full-fledged restaurants and a sprinkling of other venues for noshing and nibbling (such as Jean Philippe Patisserie or Skybar for burgers and sandwiches), CityCenter positively breaks the mold for the Las Vegas dining scene. Most casinos rely on a formula that includes a steak house, an Italian restaurant, a Chinese restaurant and a buffet, and then riff from there. CityCenter brings us central Asian, Thai, Spanish, an English carvery (at the complex’s newest restaurant, Todd English P.U.B. at Crystals) and several other groundbreaking concepts.