Lucky Dragon Hotel Casino announces culinary portfolio
August 25, 2016 11:39 AM
by Staff & Wire Reports
As the premier authentic Asian destination in Las Vegas, Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino, announced today its culinary portfolio. San Francisco’s Willy Ng of renowned restaurants Koi Palace and Dragon Beaux has consulted for Lucky Dragon to open the resort’s five restaurant concepts. Ng’s Koi Palace is widely regarded as one of the best dim sum restaurants in the Bay Area.
“My team and I have been consulting for Lucky Dragon since the project’s early design stages to ensure the hotel’s culinary collection provides some of the most authentic and cutting-edge Asian culinary experiences in the country,” Willy Ng said. “From the quick-serve options for guests on the go, to the all-day cart service that we pride ourselves on for an authentic dim sum experience, to the indoor-outdoor tea garden, this will truly be the singular destination for Asian culinary excellence in Las Vegas.”
Lucky Dragon’s newly appointed Executive Chef Phuoc Luu and Executive Chef de Cuisine Jacky Leung are also playing an integral role in the development of the culinary portfolio and will oversee the launch and opening of all food and beverage venues on the property. Chef Luu joins the Lucky Dragon team from the Golden Nugget where he was Executive Chef and Chef Leung brings his expertise from Palazzo.
“We are extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to work closely with Willy and his team to map out Lucky Dragon’s culinary programming, and his expertise will prove invaluable to the success of Lucky Dragon,” said Lucky Dragon General Manager Matt Harkness. “With the additions of Chef Luu and Chef Leung to lead our daily operations, we are in great hands to deliver the most authentic and innovative Asian culinary destination in Las Vegas.”
Inspired by the vibrant night markets dotting the streets throughout Taipei and landmarks such as Ghost Street in Beijing, Dragon’s Alleywill introduce Las Vegas to the best street food offerings of China, Taiwan and broader Asia. The name Dragon’s Alley was derived from a community member’s suggestion as part of a #NameOurNightMarket social campaign. This lantern-lit space will transport Lucky Dragon guests to the excitement and discovery that defines the culinary adventure of night markets throughout Asia. Dragon’s Alley will be open from breakfast through late evening and will feature a rotating menu of regional delicacies, fresh (and live) seafood, exquisite dim sum, succulent barbecue, delicious boba tea, and much more. The seating area will feature 325 seats in a dynamic environment designed to be as varied as the urban streetscapes by which they are inspired. Hutong brick, authentic street art sculptures, and much more will contribute to the sense of adventure the night market will evoke. The ever-changing menu and the dynamic design environment will provide guests with a sense of exploration and discovery.
The Jewel Kitchen of Dragon’s Alley will be the heartbeat of Lucky Dragon’s dining scene. Encapsulated by windows with 360 degrees of viewing angles, the Jewel Kitchen will be Las Vegas’ only show kitchen that extends directly onto the casino floor – marrying the gaming and culinary action. From every seat on the gaming floor, Lucky Dragon customers will see fresh dim sum being rolled and steamed, as well as the flash of woks firing freshly-made stir fry. Guests will experience the heat, steam, smells, and sights of an action-packed Chinese kitchen.
珍之味 Pearl Ocean
Lucky Dragon will set a new standard for dim sum in Las Vegas. Pearl Ocean will serve lunch and dinner daily, featuring a menu of exquisite delicacies, as well as all-day cart service that has become synonymous with the dim sum experience. A live seafood room joins the main dining room, where guests can select live exotic seafood flown in daily to be prepared in both traditional and modern culinary styles. This 240-seat restaurant will feature private dining opportunities as well as occasional live entertainment surprises. Designed to reflect the rich seafood heritage of the southern China coast, Pearl Ocean will be Las Vegas’ restaurant of choice for family or intimate dining, and serve some of the finest dim sum in North America.
Phoenix will boast a menu of cutting-edge culinary trends found throughout modern China. Kurobuta pork, deer tendon, abalone and countless other rare and expertly prepared delicacies will punctuate the culinary adventure and world-class service for Las Vegas’ most discerning palates. Featuring 60 seats, a private balcony and a finely curated wine list, the restaurant will be Las Vegas’ most exclusive Chinese fine dining destination.
Lucky Dragon’s hotel lobby and pool area blend seamlessly into one indoor/outdoor tea garden and lounge area. Led by Las Vegas’ only tea sommelier, Cha Garden will feature an extensive list of tea sourced directly from generations-old tea farms throughout Asia. The indoor area of Cha Garden will feature a variety of bar and soft seating options to enjoy tea and yum cha (light snacks akin to Chinese tapas) in a casual or formal service atmosphere. Open 24 hours, the pool features cabanas by day that double as private tea huts at night for guests to gather in an intimate setting to chat, drink, eat, listen to music and watch international TV programming. Punctuated by a delicate waterfall, mosaic sculptures, powerful oak trees and a shoreline swimming pond, guests will enjoy the tranquility of a Feng Shui designed garden to enjoy a world-class tea experience unlike anything else available in Las Vegas. While tea will be the focus of the Cha Garden experience, the venue will also feature a full bar, beer, wine and cocktail program for guests seeking to engage in a more traditional Las Vegas nightlife experience.
For guests that want a reliable, fast, and delicious meal or snack 24 hours a day, Bao Now will be the answer. Located adjacent to the main gaming floor, the eatery will feature simple dim sum, soups, rice, noodles, congee, Boba tea, and other dishes meant to be consumed on the go. It will also feature a diverse offering of teas and coffees, providing a fix for Lucky Dragon customers at any hour. While seating will be available, Bao Now’s offerings are also meant to travel with guests to all areas of the resort.
Further details on the restaurants and their menus will be available in the coming months.