Before you choose a seat at Mott 32 Las Vegas, the new Hong Kong-cuisine in The Palazzo you have to make a decision on what ambience you want.The newest restaurant inside The Venetian Resort has five dining areas, each with a distinct Chinese décor, even though they share a common menu.“We wanted to offer a different experience, every time,” says general manager Nathan Grates.He could be talking about Vegas: a city that is constantly changing as new restaurants and venues open up.On a recent weekend getaway I discovered Mott 32 and two new lounges inside The Palazzo as well as a few old favourites.
The main dining room at Mott 32 Las Vegas
Mott 32 Las VegasTo bring the Hong Kong culinary tradition to Vegas, “Neon… became the bridge… we pushed for its application beyond its traditional signage … to surprise and impress guests,” says interior designer Joyce Wang.Mott 32 Las Vegas copies much of her designs from Mott 32 Hong Kong for which she was awarded ‘World Interior of the Year’ in 2015.But still the philosophy for the restaurant is “Food always comes before design…”For appetizers the dim sum; hot and sour Iberico Shanghainese soup dumplings and black trouffle Siu Mai, were so fresh we had to be careful not to pierce them before putting them in our mouths. One bite and the juices exploded on to our taste buds.
Apple Wood Roasted Peking Duck
For dinner we ordered the signature Applewood smoked Peking Duck with its crispy skin served with brown sugar and the dark succulent meat raised to an art form. In fact the chef comes out and carves it at the table.So all that is left for you to decide is where you want to sit: The Lounge at the front of the restaurant with its centerpiece bar, designed for guests who want casual and upbeat experience.The ‘Orangery Room’ which with its red upholstery, red-tin-tiled ceiling, burlesque feather chandelier, and neon lights. Here you’ll find classic Chinese coins underlying glass table tops.The main dining room borrows from Mott 32 Hong Kong and Vancouver with its hexagonal shape – and island bar. This space is for those who want to dine in an ambience of luxury.And at the back, hidden from view, two dining rooms, catering to larger groups wanting a private experience, include an opium bed, and TVs.The Factory Kitchen
The bar at The Factory Kitchen.
The Venetian Resort
If Italian is more to your taste come-as-you-are to the Factory Kitchen located in the row of restaurants between the Palazzo and the Venetian.This simple trattoria doesn’t pretend to be anything other than a place to eat. There’s not much to the muted décor of the open dining room, but there’s a lot to the food – it’s authentic, simply and delicious.Italian-born Chef Angelo Auriana and Restauranteur Matteo Ferdinandi, partners and owners of The Factory Kitchen in Los Angeles duplicated the hugely popular Italian trattoria in Vegas only bigger and with a bar.“Our passion and responsibility is to portray classic, local Italian recipes and create unique concepts that reflect the territory and traditions of the Italian people” says Ferdinandi.Neil our waiter said the dishes are “from the whole Italian region from North to South” and represent “authentic soulful Italian cuisine.”You can even watch the cooks at the open pasta-making station at the back of the dining room.Every dish was exceptional and the portions generous. Must tries include the prosciutto – 18-month aged parma prosciutto, lightly fried sage dough, with arugula and stracciatella.The in house-made pasta mandilli di seta – handkerchief egg~pasta, ligurian almond basil pesto. And from the land: bistecca – prime rib eye steak, arugula, bone marrow, roasted pepper~anchovy bagna cauda. Oh the bone marrow!If you’ve never been to Italy you will want to go after being served here or maybe just sit back and let the wait staff bring Italy to you one plate at a time.Electra Cocktail Club
Electra Cocktail Club.
In the middle of The Palazzo casino floor is a gorgeous cocktail bar with the vibe of a night club.Its open concept allows you to see all the beautiful people, but the attention grabber is a 40-foot digital display – that drenches the lounge in color and art.Below it is the 40-foot black absolute stone bar, and behind that is where the magic happens, it is after all a craft cocktail bar.With a nod to rums, and mezcals, the legendary Sam Ross of New York’s Milk and Honey fame helped create the drink offerings.With drinks like Coco De Agua -two rums, fresh lime, coconut water & club soda. And Age of Aquarius -mezcal, passionfruit, lime, honey & campari. And there’s more than sipping drinks the Quick Charge is a shot with vodka, cold brew coffee and coconut. Expect to pay about $18 US per drink. It’s all very intoxicating, very chic in its sophistication.As for the night-club vibe created by the DJ in the corner, there’s no dance floor at Electra but that didn’t stop a few patrons from dancing by their tables. If you look up, the concave mirrors just might make you feel like you’re dancing on the ceiling.The DorseyYou would be forgiven if you felt like you’ve been here before. The Dorsey feels like The Electra, just tamer. And that’s because they are owned by the same company and share Sam Ross the barman’s vision of a cocktail club.Where they differ is the Dorsey is quieter, less kinetic and cozy, doing away with the big screen and featuring an old-school study lined with books. And there is a faux fireplace.Opened in 2016 it’s a bit more grown up, and swaps out chic for posh.Most of the seating is comfortable couches designed for you to never want to leave.If you go with a group try Green Street (vodka, lime, cucumber, green apple, mint, and fizz) it comes in a disco-ball punch bowl and can easily serve 4.Lagasse’s StadiumThis is what all sports bars aspire to be: stadium seating, plush leather sofas, luxury boxes, a 16-foot-big screen, another 100 TVs, an outdoor patio, a sports book, and serving gourmet meals.But then, there’s only one Lagasse’s Stadium.Opened in 2009 by celebrity-chef Emeril Lagasse, a James Beard Award winner for Best Chef, he “kicked it up a notch” to separate it from other sports bars.“Absolutely, we have Chef Emeril’s name on the door, we want to … take your game day experience to the next level” says head chef Scott Pajak who’s been at the stadium for 8 years.
“It starts with the food, we have a lot to offer with a wide variety of dishes. Chef Emeril allows his chefs to create these dishes which I love. Being a chef is like being an artist on how we put different ingredients together and how that taste comes alive.“We offer a wide variety from our charcuterie board, lamb chops, ahi tuna. We go through over 75,000 lbs. of wings a year.”On most game days Scott can be found in the kitchen, or taking a break from the heat by mingling with the crowd.“I want everyone who steps in that door to have a great dining experience. You eat with your eyes, so having multiple colors to a dish, makes a difference, when you put the plate down and have the customer look at it, wow that looks great, that’s the reaction I want.”I tried the 16oz Ribeye Steak and in the end I wasn’t only cheering for the LA Rams but the food too.On the Record
On the Record’s double decker DJ booth is on the patio.
If you want to dance you have to make it official and go “On the Record.” Vegas’s newest speakeasy had it’s launch party in the Park MGM Saturday January 19 to a packed house and red-carpet stars.If you are old enough to remember the days of going to the record store to find new music or young and hip enough to get past the top 40 on the radio this club is for you.“The goal was to make a venue that forces you to venture out of your table and explore and mingle and make new friends. It’s also a venue that’s not just one thing,” says Jonnie and Mark Houston by email.The fraternal brothers have been active in the LA nightclub scene for years opening clubs such as Black Rabbit Rose, Madame Siam and Good Times at Davey Waynes.On the Record is their first Vegas Club.“You come for the cocktails, show, DJ, live dancers, bands and events. It’s a lot to keep you constantly captivated and engaged,” says Jonnie.On The Record may be one club but it has three rooms one of them a outdoor space, that makes it feel like three different clubs. The 11,000-square-foot venue reflects the Houstons’ signature modern speakeasy atmosphere which conjures a feeling of nostalgia inspired by different musical eras.There’s a lot to discover: a Rolls-Royce DJ booth, karaoke rooms, a patio with a Double-decker bus, a living room with a fireplace, a hidden vinyl parlor and a world-class cocktail program.Like Vegas itself, what you find at On the Record depends on your spirit of adventure and what you are in the mood for.The writer was a guest of The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. No one from LVCVA read or approved of this article before publication.
A suite at The Palazzo
If you goThe Palazzo bills itself as “Luxury beyond measure”, however you can measure it in the size of their remodelled guest suites. At 720 sq feet, almost twice the size of the average Las Vegas hotel room, each suite has a redesigned sunken living room and space to spread out. The Palazzo tower is classic Italian luxury, refined for modern tastes. See also: Las Vegas in the footsteps of locals