It’s no secret that I’ve always been a fan of China Poblano and their irresistible mix of all the best from Mexico and China. I have previously blogged about the Mexican part of the menu, but the Chinese food is also really good. The dim sum is a safe bet, but the noodle dishes is where China Poblano really shines.
Las Vegas Blog
Dining in Las Vegas is fabulous, and I think it’s amazing how they’ve managed to squeeze in so many world class dining spots in such a small area.
Along The Strip, you’ll find chic celebrity chef restaurants, all the fast food chains you could possibly imagine and buffets so big you’ll need GoogleMaps to find your way. There’s something for every wallet and taste bud, but if you’re looking for a more authentic experience, head off The Strip for some of those super cool, independent places where all the locals go.
Here’s a list of my favorite restaurants right now. Some of them are old favorites, while others are newly found gems, but all of them have that certain something which makes me want to go back for more:
This dark and handsome Italian at The Cosmopolitan is the place to be if you’re after great Italian food in hip surroundings. Their polenta is amazingly creamy and if their Bone Marrow Ravioli is still on the menu, there’s no way around that one either.
Scarpetta, The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas
Tacos El Gordo
From an unassuming location at a shopping plaza just north of Wynn/Encore, Tacos El Gordo serves up inexpensive and authentic Mexican tacos. While the tripe and tongue varieties might not be for everyone, I still haven’t met a person, who didn’t like the Adobada, so go for this one if in doubt.
Tacos El Gordo, 3049 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, Tel: +1 (702) 641-8228
Gordon Ramsay Burger
I love, love, LOVE the burgers at Gordon Ramsay Burger. Yes, the line is long, and no, you’re most likely not going to see Gordon R. himself, but the burgers are out of this world and so are the sides. My favorite used to be the Chanterelle Burger, but it’s not on the menu anymore, so my new no. 1 is the American Burger. The vegetarian Earth Burger with Portobello mushroom is very good too.
Gordon Ramsay Burger, Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas
Raku and Sweets Raku
Sweets Raku seems to get all the attention (fully understandable, their desserts are amazing), but the sister restaurant Raku also deserves a mention. The Japanese restaurant focuses on robata Japanese skewers, but they also have a nice selection of other Japanese dishes. The agedashi tofu is amazing.
Of course, there’s also a spot on this list for my favorite buffet in Las Vegas. The food is delicious and enticingly arranged, and the lines of dishes never seem to come to an end. The seafood section might be the best among the Vegas buffets, but everything is delicious and of a remarkably high standard.
Trine was determined to have a quiet night in, but I thought it would be a shame for her to miss a Saturday night in Las Vegas. I therefore went to get her a strawberry daiquiri, to make her change her mind.
I succeeded, and a couple of hours later, we were in the elevator at Rio, on our way up to VooDoo Rooftop nightclub. VooDoo is an old Vegas favorite of mine. I know it’s not the hottest place around, but it’s FUN, and fun always wins in Vegas. Furthermore, what VooDoo might be lacking in terms of hipster appeal and A-list crowd, they make up for in terms of party people and gorgeous views of The Strip.
We spent the first 30 minutes taking photos, admiring the view. Trine needed a little time to snap out of her almost-asleep bubble, and to help her on the way, I got us the Witch Doctor, which is VooDoos (in)famous signature cocktail. The Witch Doctor is an evil mix of a long list of spirits (and a little bit of pineapple juice?), but it tastes like soda, so you must be careful. I think it costs around $35, but in terms of value for money, it is worth every penny. The Witch Doctor is like four ordinary cocktails in one, so there’s plenty to go round. We had such a great time and ended up staying until closing time.
To the DJ: I loved your playlist that night, but one thing was missing. Despite several requests during the night, you didn’t play one single Jay-Z track. Why, oh why?
To the guy with the reggae beanie: Drinking shots with sister T is always a bad idea..
The Mexican chain Tacos El Gordo is super popular in Las Vegas, but for a year, the most visited restaurant on The Strip (just north of Wynn/Encore) was closed because of a disagreement with the landlord. The branch opened again in late 2015, and today it seems more popular than ever.
We didn’t want to spend our Thursday evening waiting in line for the dessert café Sweets Raku, so instead we came back on Friday, right after they opened. Turned out to be a good idea, as there was almost no line and after only a couple of minutes, we could take our seats in the bar.
Our days in Las Vegas passed so quickly, and we both agreed, that we could easily have spent more time there. After dinner last night, our original intention was to go back to the hotel and get some sleep before our flight the following day. But we wanted to squeeze the last drops out of our Vegas stay, so we went up to Beer Park to have a goodbye Michelada.
And we’re in Las Vegas! We’ve actually been here since Thursday, but I haven’t had the time to sit down and blog until now. The trip from LA to Las Vegas usually takes around 4 hours, if there isn’t any traffic, but we took a little longer because we made two stops along the way.
Las Vegas is built upon consumption and extravagance, and you will find things to spend your money on around every corner. However, visiting the city on a tight budget doesn’t have to equal staying in your hotel room all day, and lots of the fun in Las Vegas is actually free.
The dancing fountains in the lake in front of the Bellagio is a beautiful sight and I always make sure to go and watch (sometimes several times), when I’m in Las Vegas. The show runs from the early afternoon and until midnight and never fails to attract a crowd. I prefer to go after dark, when the fountains are lit up and make the performance look even more impressive.
When it comes to nightlife and entertainment, Las Vegas is second to none. The clubs are gigantic and waterfalls, dancers and fireworks are common features. Read the tips below and get ready to join the party.