Las Vegas is fast losing its tag as a city known specifically for hedonistic pursuits, gambling and showgirls. There is something for everyone in this bustling metropolis, and it should come as no big surprise that Las Vegas is fast becoming of the most highly-rated destinations for fine dining in the world, with Michelin-starred restaurants headed up by celebrity chefs in many of the biggest hotels. Spring dining will be more fabulous and mouth-watering than ever this year so choose your table with our pick of 2012’s hottest restaurants…
American Fish, Aria Resort and Casino: Seafood lovers can rejoice this Spring, at the opening of Michael Mina’s new restaurant, American Fish. Located at the Aria Resort and Casino with chef Sven Mede at the helm, food is prepared here using four specialist techniques to bring out the incredible flavours from the fresh seafood. Through a combination of cast-iron griddling, wood grilling, ocean water poaching and salt baking, the food is carefully cooked to preserve the wonderful tastes that seafood lovers enjoy. All other produce is fresh and seasonal, and for those who perhaps don’t enjoy seafood as much, there is a menu full of alternatives such as salads, sandwiches and even a salt-baked prime rib.
Brio Tuscan Grille: Heading to another corner of the globe, the Brio Tuscan Grille is an authentic Italian restaurant which serves all the traditional Italian dishes you may expect to find; Lasagna Bolognese al Forno, Margherita Flatbreads and the like. The beautiful interior is so original that it resembles a real Tuscan villa in the middle of the Nevada desert, and the chefs at Brio pride themselves on using their own organic and natural ingredients grown within the grounds, for a delectable taste customers will not be able to replicate.
Okada, Wynn Las Vegas: With food more and more resembling art these days, some chefs are creating a whole new dining experience by giving their food preparation the air of a performance. Star chef Devin Hashimoto is the head chef at Okada and his Japanese-style restaurant encourages all customers to marvel as their meals are prepared tableside, or at the bar, where food is grilled over charcoal and served on planks or skewers right there and then. The authentic sushi bar completes the traditional feel, while the indoor waterfall and lagoon adds to the relaxing Eastern atmosphere. The menu, whilst at the pricier end of the scale, is diverse and delicious and with the tableside performances, dinnertime is more of an event than ever.