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Mandarin Oriental

  • Home & Design

    Living in Las Vegas

    By Ashley Miles and Ally Tatosian

    A look inside three communities that exemplify desert nesting in all its forms

  • Style

    Rental Real Estate Heats Up

    By Melinda Sheckells

    Spend a day in the sun at these hot properties.

  • Style

    Chinese New Year Arrives at One of the Strip’s Most Luxurious Hotels

    By Michaela Chesin

    The year of the fire monkey is said to symbolize change and action

  • Just a Sip

    A Master Sommelier Shows Us Why It’s Okay to Go in Blind

    By Marisa Finetti

    Believe it or not, there is an art to tasting a wine blind.

  • Gossip

    Mandarin Oriental Bar Could Take Flight as ‘The Aviary’

    Could famed Chicago cocktail bar The Aviary be coming to Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas? That’s the scuttlebutt among industry insiders, including an employee at The Aviary’s sister restaurant Alinea. “Our most portable concept is The Aviary, and [owner] Nick [Kokonas] has been stockpiling rare spirits,” says our source.

  • New Year's Dishing

    Twist by Pierre Gagnaire

    By Grace Bascos

    Legendary chef Pierre Gagnaire is in the house to debut his 2013 tasting menu. Known for his sense of whimsy and innovation while at the same time emphasizing local ingredients, Gagnaire offers two seatings on Dec. 31. The first features four courses, including spiny lobster fricassee with mango étouffée and poached filet of sole with baby oysters. The second seating includes those and adds a starter of Ossetra caviar and a Gagnaire’s New Year’s Stew.

  • Dining

    Best Breakfast on the Strip

    Versatility is the ticket at MOzen Bistro, an elegant, intimate, genteel dining room that caters to many of our Asian visitors. The Western breakfasts such as steel-cut oatmeal and whole-wheat pancakes with Vermont maple syrup are superb, but there is also the option to have a full Japanese bento-box breakfast of teriyaki salmon, miso soup with all the fixings, or Chinese congee with such garnishes as braised peanut, spring onion and fresh ginger. And they throw in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today for free.

  • Dining

    Steeped in Culture

    By Cate Weeks

    On a Friday afternoon in April, Mandarin Oriental’s tea lounge feels miles above the chaos of the Strip. A couple sits in opulent club chairs sipping champagne and taking in the view from the 23rd floor. A group of four women, with shopping bags at the feet, murmur in their native language as they pour tea for one another. A dozen women frosted in pastel suits and flirty dresses are ushered to the next room for an elegant bridal shower. Meanwhile, tea-lounge supervisor Ann Hwang readies her bamboo tray. She’s about to perform the Gong Fu Cha service, the Chinese tea ceremony.

  • Cooking With

    Julie Anne Hession

    By Xania V. Woodman

    If you’re someone who thinks granola is just for heath nuts and livestock, you’re not alone. You’re also in luck. All you vocal locavores, it just so happens that the most delicious granola I’ve ever eaten (and you’re hearing it directly from a huge fan) is made right here in Las Vegas from Utah oats, and it’s bound to change your opinion of the stuff.

  • Cocktail Culture

    Bounty Hunter

    By Xania V. Woodman

    Turkey? Check. Stuffing? Of course. Sweet potatoes with curious, toasted marshmallow topping? Without a doubt. But we’re willing to bet there is one thing your cornucopian Thanksgiving spread is sorely missing: tequila. So what if it’s not what the pilgrims drank in 1621. It’s what they wish they were drinking. Think of it as fusion cuisine.

  • Cocktail Culture

    Some secrets are worth sharing

    By Xania V. Woodman

    Bars end up with “secret” cocktails when the news about something utterly delicious but off-menu gets into the hands of just the right crowd. Then comes the tipping point, when everyone knows about it, and then comes the time for a new secret cocktail. Such was the case with the Beckett, a hyper-popular cocktail at the Mandarin Bar (mango nectar, Soho lychee liqueur, lemongrass-infused simple syrup and freshly squeezed lime juice with sparkling wine). With the Beckett now happily installed on the menu, the sexy lounge with the killer view needs a new secret.

  • Dishing With Grace

    Surf and Turf, Twist by Pierre Gagnaire

    By Grace Bascos

    Surf and turf in the hands of a legendarily innovative French chef is bound to make you wonder how you ever ate steak and lobster before. On Twist’s Fall Spirit menu, the presentation of prime beef carpaccio dressed with a clam salad and shaved foie gras will melt in your mouth, while the chestnut soup with razor clams, mushrooms and hazelnuts evokes all the earthy sentiments of autumn. Three-course tasting, $105, in the Mandarin Oriental, 590-8882.

  • MOzen Bistro and Border Grill (tie)

    By Max Jacobson

    If you’re thinking bacon and eggs, think again. MOzen Bistro at the Mandarin Oriental caters to many Asian guests, and the restaurant has a team of chefs from India, China and Japan to complement chef Vivek Rawat. There is a distinctly Asian cast to this brunch, served noon-2:30 p.m. Sundays. You can make up a bento box composed of six dishes, order the restaurant’s terrific Indian-style chicken, have XO fried rice, and even top-grade sushi, all for one set price ($48).

  • Cocktail Culture

    Tea Time

    By Xania V. Woodman

    The tea menu at Mandarin Oriental’s Tea Lounge is exquisite; the cocktails in the bar, delicious and sophisticated. It was just a matter of time before someone would set them up on a date. Bartending supervisor Michael LaPenna did the matchmaking. “We wanted to turn guests on to some of our special select teas by incorporating them in a well-balanced craft cocktail,” LaPenna says. The resulting menu of tea-inspired drinks looks to the tea itself to suggest coordinating spirits and fruits. And all three stand up as delicious cocktails, whether it’s teatime or ’tini time.

  • Music

    Hot Salsa

    By Jarret Keene

    If you haven’t treated yourself to the evening view of the Strip from Mandarin Oriental’s 23rd-floor Mandarin Bar, do it now, because there is serious (and free) live music going on. Four nights a week, the top jazz and salsa artists in Las Vegas are performing in this posh, secluded and acoustically first-rate hot spot. On Wednesdays, you get to hear drummer Brian Czach’s razor-sharp trio; Thursdays, you can catch trumpeter Chandler Judkins’ punchy quartet; on Fridays, there’s nothing better than hearing the suave jazz stylings of The Definitives. All of these bands are great.