Vegas Seven

Mozen Bistro

  • Dishing With Grace

    Where to Eat When Food Really Does Equal Love

    By Grace Bascos

    Here are three spots for which I’d leave my lair on one of the biggest restaurant nights of the year.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • Diner's Notebook

    New blood for Le Cirque, great Chicago pizza and thinking inside the bento box

    By Max Jacobson

    The long wait for a new chef is over at Bellagio’s Le Cirque. He is Gregory Pugin, a disciple of Joël Robuchon, and the man is positively brilliant. Now, the once-staid menu here has two distinct sections—classic and contemporary—so that Pugin can show off his creative side without depriving longtime customers of their favorite dishes.

  • Dishing With Grace

    Singapore Barbecue Stingray at MOzen Bistro

    This contemporary restaurant of delectable pan-Asian cuisine features this unique dish everyone should try at least once. Hailing from the Hawker Center of Singapore, the stingray is cooked with lime and sambal barbecue sauce. $17, in Mandarin Oriental, 590-8882.

  • Eastern Influence

    By Max Jacobson

    It’s not enough that the Mandarin Oriental at CityCenter is the city’s most elegant hotel. It also has cutting-edge French cooking at Pierre Gagnaire’s Twist, and what I call our best three-meal restaurant, the casual MOzen Bistro. MOzen Bistro sits on the third floor at the hotel, reached by the only elevator I know of with a velvet-upholstered bench. Valet parking is de rigueur, but the good news is that I’ve never had to wait more than five minutes for my car (as opposed to an interminable waiting time at the adjacent Aria).

  • Diner's Notebook

    Forget it, Mac … Mozen and Payard have the real deals

    By Max Jacobson

    Don’t think me ungrateful when I confess to moments when I wish I weren’t such a committed food journalist. In the interests of science, I recently felt compelled to spend $1.49 on the Mac Wrap at McDonald’s. I’d only eat this vile creation again if I were as hungry as Tom Hanks in Cast Away. The fermented sea slug I once slurped out of a Coke bottle in American Samoa had more appeal.

  • Dining

    The Best of CityCenter

    By Max Jacobson

    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.

  • Dining

    Hooking Up for Lunch

    By Max Jacobson

    It’s an old problem in Las Vegas—where to meet for lunch? One person works in Summerlin, the other in Green Valley, and you’re both tired of the same old spots. This is one problem Google can’t fix. Well, I’m here to tell you that the prospects are on the rise for the business lunch. In coming up with seven, I had to leave a number of places off the list. For example, maybe Mastro’s Ocean Club at Crystals should have made the cut, as I think it might quickly evolve into the power lunch place for casino executives—you tell me.

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