People either love Las Vegas or they haven’t traveled there yet. This animated tourism mecca isn’t exclusively for the crazy rich, adrenaline-seeking, partying and gambling type. Vegas is a giant stage set for discovery, cultural awakenings, inspiration, and adventure; when you arrive, you don’t have to choose between taking a front row seat and being the star of the show—in Las Vegas, you get both at the same time. It’s this liberating feeling that tugs at our hearts every time we plan our next travel story. So, since it’d been more than a year and a half since our last visit, we decided to go back for round… well, we lost count… but it doesn’t matter because in Vegas, there are always new things to see, do, and (best of all) eat!
Since it’d been almost 2 years since our last visit, we decided to go back to Las Vegas where there are always new things to see, do, and (best of all) eat! Here are some of our favorites:
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Hakkasan Restaurant | hakkasan.com | (702) 891-7888
After checking into our hotel, our party of five made our way to Hakkasan for a dining experience highly acclaimed for its unique take on modern Cantonese cuisine (one of the Eight Culinary Traditions of Chinese cuisine). The restaurant is located on the first level just below the Ling Ling Club and the main nightclub portion of Hakkasan, where we fully intended on making an appearance after a few appetizers and drinks. What our group liked about the restaurant was how relaxed the vibe was; still very classy and upscale of course, but in a tranquil way that made us feel comfortable. We were very pleased with the dim lighting, spacious floor plan, and quality acoustics that created a private, intimate atmosphere. The decor was sophisticated and sensual, reinforced by the subtle flares of Chinese culture and blue accent lighting, which bathed everything in a deep oceanic hue.
Okay, okay… we know what you’re thinking. That all sounds very lovely, but let’s get to the good part already—how was the food? Well, we’re happy to report the food was delicious! Between the five of us, we ordered the Hakka Steamed Dim Sum Platter (aka the best dumplings in the world!), Fried Soft Shell Crab enhanced with curry leaf and chili, Crispy Fried Prawn Dumpling with Plum Sauce, Grilled Pork Ribs with sweet plum and Chinese clove, and the shrimp, which had the most unique presentation—you won’t know whether to eat them or just stare at them all night! But you should definitely eat them because they were very good. These appetizers were great for sharing and the portion sizes were just enough to satisfy us ladies for the time being. For dessert, we treated ourselves to the Lemon Pot, which will push any lemon lover over the edge. We’re talking about yogurt mousse, lemon curd, lemon peel ice cream, meringue, and lemon twist with honey-vanilla madeleines all in one bite! So when life gives you Lemon Pot from Hakkasan… cry happy tears and thank the heavens because it’s one of the yummiest things you’ll ever taste.
To mirror their impressive menu of specialty entrées and professionally crafted à la carte items, they also have an excellent assortment of signature cocktails. We’d recommend the Floating Goddess if you’re looking for a fruity vodka or the Ginger Smash for those of you who prefer something with a little bit more of a bite to it. We also ordered the Chinese Mule and the Picso in the Clouds, which were both very good as well. It’s no secret that Hakkasan has expert mixologists behind the bar who pay great attention to detail, and when you get handed a fancy drink that’s been carefully assembled and garnished, it’s hard not to feel fancy yourself.
Overall, our dining endeavors at Hakkasan were a success and our waitress made the experience even better. She was very friendly and provided us with suggestions, which was extremely helpful. I’m sure we’re not the first group to dine at Hakkasan that isn’t well versed in all things Chinese cuisine, so it was definitely nice to have a knowledgeable server who was more than happy to explain the menu to us. Turns out nice people aren’t just in Nebraska—who knew?
Hakkasan Nightclub | hakkasannightclub.com | (702) 891-3838
After indulging ourselves at the restaurant, we heard the dance floor calling our name. Lucky for us, the dance floor was just upstairs! Convenience is such a luxury, especially when you’re wearing high heels.
As we ascended to the third level, the nightlife element of Hakkasan began to show its face—its sweet, beautiful face. We made our way to the main nightclub on the fourth floor. The energy in the room was contagious! The amphitheater-style nightclub is equipped with an elevated DJ booth, a very large full-service bar, and VIP seating areas that surround the dance floor. Between the rockin’ music, walls with floor-to-ceiling LED screens, and a visually stunning two-story water feature, the nightclub at Hakkasan will have all your senses tingling.