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Jan 9, 2011 07:13 PM

Asian restaurant for 30th birthday

Hi all - looking for an Asian restaurant - Chinese, Japanese, Korean, etc.- on the strip for a 30th birthday party. Small group, price not an issue, but something fun and lively. I've read the boards and seen some recs for off the strip, but we definitely want to be on the strip. Thanks!

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  1. Zine and Sushi Samba at the Palazzo are both really good. Zine was voted in the Top 10 Chinese restaurants in the country.

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    1. re: LisaAnn77

      I was very, very disappointed with the food at Zine the one and only time we tried it. My family was very hungry and did not want to drive to chinatown or anywhere else for late lunch.. The food at Zine was very ordinary and seems like we were paying for the place more.

    2. There are a few choices given your query, emphasis on scene. Tao(Venetian/Palazzo) might fit the bill-fairly lively (still), good scene, stay until club opens, etc. I think the food is marginal, but people really seem to like the place...I think I heard it was the highest grossing restaurant in US.

      Another option is Nobu(HArd Rock). This would be my choice. While you said you would like to stay on the strip, the HR is a quick cab ride, and always happening. Nobu has a great vibe, and very solid food. Great place to celebrate a b-day

      Nobu Restaurant
      4455 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169

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      1. re: palmdoc1

        Thanks for your helpful suggestions. Now that I look at it, my original post does seem to emphasize scene, but the food must be delicious, interesting and well-executed. The menu at Wing Lei at Wynn looks great, but based on pictures from the Wynn website, I'm wondering if it might be a bit subdued and formal for what we are looking for. Can anyone tell me what the atmosphere there is like? We're hitting up Bartolotta the next night, so it would be nice to have something with a different atmosphere.

        Great recommendation for Zine - I have heard some good things about it that I until now forgot about.

        Wing Lei
        3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

        1. re: aloha925

          Think about getting into cabs/limo and going up to Chinatown. Save money on food, get more authentic food and have a blast. Think Lotus of Siam for Thai, Raku for authentic Japanese, and maybe KJ Kitchen for incredible Chinese seafood. Only a 10 minute ride from your hotel and well, well worth the trip. Seriously, how can Zine charge $18.80 for an order of Singapore Chow Mei fun when in Chinatown it's $6.00 and better!!! That's one mans humble opinion. I did the hotel restaurants for a long time, and then finally realized that you pay for all of the hype. The food generally is better off the strip- especially for Asian cuisines.

          Lotus of Siam
          953 E Sahara Ave Ste A5, Las Vegas, NV 89104

          1. re: aloha925

            Wing Lei is definitely subdued and formal in a very beautiful room. I haven't been back since the chef change, but my previous experiences had some standout dishes and some great disappointments, but often felt more like French food with Chinese ingredients than it did truly Chinese food (which may be fine, but one should know what you're getting into).

            If you insist on Asian food on the strip, I would definitely recommend China Poblano in the Cosmopolitan. You can read more about on it on this board, but it serves brightly flavored Chinese and Mexican food (very little fusion, mostly two separate halves of the menu) in a fun atmosphere. Not everything is spectacular, but there were also some spectacular dishes.

            MOzen in the Mandarin Oriental also might fit your bill.

            Otherwise, you'll find much more excellent Asian food off the strip, particularly the aforementioned Lotus of Siam, and also two excellent, authentic, if humble Chinese restaurants next to each other on Schiff Drive; Dong Ting Spring for authentic Hunan food, and Yunnan Garden for authentic Yunnan food, each true rarities in the United States.

            Dong Ting Spring
            3950 Schiff Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89103

            Lotus of Siam
            953 E Sahara Ave Ste A5, Las Vegas, NV 89104

            Wing Lei
            3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

            Yunnan Garden
            3934 Schiff Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89103

        2. Good Asian food on The Strip? You won't find it. And you also want a lively atmosphere? Good luck.

          Your choices for amazing Asian food in Las Vegas are:

          Thai: Lotus of Siam. Best experienced in groups of four or more. Resist the urge to order from the menu. Give your preferences and budget to your server and allow Saipin to develop a meal for you. Order as much Riesling as you can manage.

          Japanese: Aburiya Raku. This a robata house and most items are grilled. Best for small groups.

          Sushi: Sen of Japan. This is the only good sushi restaurant in town. The sushi restaurants in hotels along The Strip charge three times the price for fish that's not as fresh as Sen of Japan. If you can, resist the urge to order from the menu and instead ask Endo to feed you until you're no longer hungry. Drink cold sake.

          Chinese: Noodle Pot in the Chinatown Plaza. A family owned Taiwanese/Chinese deli restaurant quietly hand pulling noodles every single day with a loyal and local customer base. Ain't no atmosphere here, but OMG... the noodles! FRESH, hand pulled noodles.

          You can be stubborn and insist on an Asian restaurant inside a Strip resort. Those of us with experience in Asian food in the Vegas Valley caution you against that route.

          Aburiya Raku
          5030 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89146

          Lotus of Siam
          953 E Sahara Ave Ste A5, Las Vegas, NV 89104

          Sen of Japan
          8480 W Desert Inn Rd F1, Las Vegas, NV