Shintaro at Bellagio serves classic Japanese cuisine

May 1, 2001 12:22 PM

Some of the finest restaurants in the city are located on Via Bellagio at the Bellagio resort, and the stylish Shintaro restaurant is no exception. In a lakeside dining room that offers breathtaking views of the lake and nightly fountain show, Shintaro serves world-class sushi, teppanyaki and kaiseki specialties prepared by renowned international chef Sean O’Connell.

Among the exquisite delicacies are albacore cocktail, salad of smoked salmon and carpaccio of East Coast halibut, and Oriental Nage of Prawns with nameko mushrooms and essence of ginger. You can also choose from a symphony of sushi and sashimi, including tuna, salmon, whitefish, yellow tail and toro. Ever since the difficulty in importing Kobe beef from Japan, Shintaro has served a marvelous beef hybrid bred in Washington state. In addition to innovative Asian and Pacific Rim delicacies, Shintaro serves the finest beers and sake in the world.

The restaurant’s modern dining room is highlighted by natural stone floors, a unique sushi bar which appears to be floating on dazzling blocks of ice and an in-wall aquarium complete with live jellyfish. The paintings of Frank Owens and a commissioned amber glass sculpture by Martin Blank further enhance the magic of Shintaro.

Before opening the Bellagio restaurant, Chef O’Connell plied his culinary arts on an international canvas. He founded Doc Cheng’s, a restaurant featuring trans-ethnic cuisine, in Hamburg, Germany, and he was the Chef de Cuisine at Doc Cheng’s in Singapore, which was twice voted the No. 1 restaurant in Singapore. Throughout his career, Chef O’Connell has held positions at world-renowned restaurants, including the Ritz Carlton Mauna Lani and Manela Bay Hotel in Hawaii. His expertise has also been featured on television programs in Singapore and Great Britain, including AM Singapore, Talking Point and BBC Commentary. Shintaro is open for dinner nightly.

Don’t forget classic pizza!

The original trendsetter of designer pizza has two locations in Las Vegas: The Mirage (791-7111) and Golden Nugget (385-7111). Some of the house favorites include the original barbecue chicken pizza, Peking duck, goat cheese with roasted peppers, Philly cheese steak, Southwestern chicken burrito, sweet and spicy Italian sausage, to name a few. CPK also has superb salads, including romaine and watercress with Gorgonzola cheese and walnuts in a balsamic vinaigrette, and barbecued chicken salad with jicama, cilantro, tortilla strips, sweet corn, chicken breast, Monterey Jack and garden herb ranch dressing.