We’ve been sharing restaurant scoop out of Resorts World for awhile now, but that was just the tip of the culinary iceberg.
Insert your favorite “just the tip” joke here.
Seriously, though, holy crap, it’s a lot of restaurant newness, and we are champing at the bit to masticate our way through the expansive roster of eateries.
Lucky Cat is excited to welcome guests to Resorts World while also making them purchase lint brushes.
Resorts World’s line-up of restaurants is truly mind-boggling. We have no idea if this collection of offerings is even remotely sustainable, but at this juncture, skepticism is taking a back seat to exuberance.
Here’s the rundown, which we dutifully pretty much copied and pasted from the Resorts World news release, albeit with more snark, as is required by Nevada state law. Oh, and also with 40 percent less P.R. fluffery. You’re welcome.
Resorts World Signature Restaurants
Yes, it’s technically, “¡VIVA!,” but we don’t play by society’s rules. Viva is a Mexican restaurant from Chef Ray Garcia. Garcia is an L.A. import, best known for Broken Spanish.
“Viva,” in Spanish, means “take it easy on the beans.”
This restaurant from Genting (owners of Resorts World) will offer authentic Cantonese cuisine, seafood and “exceptional dim sum.” We didn’t say we’d take out all the fluffery. Besides, Exceptional Dim Sum would make a decent band name.
Even with the mutant monkey, we like the feel of this place, already.
Here’s one for the sushi fans, this “Japanese bistro” will also feature yakitori and teppanyaki dishes, plus sake. Which we probably should’ve said up front, because saki. In Japanese, “kusa” means grass or herb. “Nori” is seaweed. So, “seaweed grass”? We’ll just stick with Kusa Nori.
Our source said it would be “Brazza,” but close enough. Brezza (“gentle breeze” in Italian) comes from two culinary veterans, Nicole Brisson and Jason Rocheleau. We love Italian, so this tops our list of Resorts World restaurants we’re most moist about.
A second concept from Brisson and Rocheleau, this cafe will “bring alive the spirit and flavors of Europe” with tapas, cheese and charcuterie and pastries.
Yes, Zazu was a character in “The Lion King.” Zazu means “movement,” for what it’s worth.
Resorts World Casual Restaurants
This venue is the first-ever ice cream shop from the folks behind the L.A. hotspot, Craig’s. We were the first to share (wait for it) the scoop the brand was coming to Las Vegas, so it’s already on our good side. Vegans are sure to appreciate these guilt-free scoops, pints, sundaes and shakes.
“Cashew milk” doesn’t even sound that gross. See more.
Sun’s Out Buns Out
Our source gave us some solid scoop on this one! This egg-centric restaurant will offer egg dishes all day, every day. Which is sort of weird, but we love the name so much, they get a pass. Think Eggslut at Cosmopolitan, but good.
Not a fan of eggs, but love the chairs from “Men in Black.”
Tacos El Cabron
Tacos El Cabron, out of San Diego, will have Tijuana-inspired Mexican cuisine like street tacos, street corn, burritos and bowls. For the record, there’s a huge difference between street tacos and tacos. The biggest difference is marketing.
A name so great, how bad could the tacos be?
This offering comes from Billy Richardson, whose other restaurant in town, Holstein’s at Cosmopolitan, makes us suspect Marigold will have a following from day one. Marigold will have burgers, lobster and house-made desserts.
Richie Palmer’s Mulberry Street Pizzeria of Beverly Hills
This place wins the award for longest restaurant name at Resorts World. It’s pizza!
The Kitchen at Resorts World
It sounds like this is the resort’s 24/7 cafe. The international menu will have burgers, pasta and wok-fried noodle dishes as well as a buffet option.
Hey, function over form makes sense for a casino cafe. Resorts World has set the bar very high for interior design.
This grab-and-go spot will have sandwiches, snacks, wine and small-batch sodas, 24/7.
Pool Dining and Bars
Resorts World Las Vegas will have four food and beverage options across its 5.5-acre pool complex. Venues include Agave Bar & Grill (Mediterranean), Bites (snack bar) and two full-service bars. One of the bars will have cornhole and life-sized Jenga, further proof we don’t have to be snarky about everything.
Bars & Lounges
Dawg House Saloon & Sportsbook
Another offering our sources nailed, thank you! The original Dawg House is in Nashville, and this classic Nashville sports bar will boast live music and dancing, beer, cocktails and American pub fare.
Remember when live entertainment was a thing? Let’s bring that back. We promise not to be annoyed.
Starlight on 66
Promising sweeping views of The Strip, Starlight on 66 will sit 66 floors up. The lounge will showcase fine and rare spirits, cocktails and small plates. With all the money Resorts World is investing in its lounges and restaurants, it’s surprising they couldn’t get bigger plates. We kid! Can’t wait to check out these views. And cocktails. Not necessarily in that order, of course.
Assuming Resorts World has no fourth floor, or 13th floor, or any floor in the 40s (it’s a superstition thing), this should lounge should technically be called Starlight on 55. Just saying.
Oh, like we’re going to let that weird-ass artwork just slide by. Do you know this blog at all?
We’re pretty sure this is a tiger eating another tiger that’s eating a chipmunk eating a crow. It’s the “Inception” of WTF.
Crystal Bar will be on the casino floor and serve handcrafted cocktails and curated spirits. We, for one, demand our spirits be “curated.”
Casino & Lobby Bars
Guests won’t have to look too hard for hooch. Bars throughout the resort include Baccarat Bar, High Limit Bar, Conrad Lobby Bar and Crockfords Lobby Bar. Conrad and Crockfords refer to two of the hotel brands inside Resorts World.
What a collection of restaurants! Color us impressed.
This was just the latest batch of restaurants and bars at Resorts World.
Resorts World previously announced Famous Foods Street Eats (a massive, Asian hawker-inspired food hall), Fuhu (an Asian vibe food experience of some sort), RedTail (a “social gaming” bar with shared plates, beer pong, darts and pool), Gatsby’s Cocktail Lounge (a fancy lounge named after Leonardo “Gatsby” DiCaprio) and Wally’s Wine & Spirits (you know, wine and spirits).
Just in case you worried the other 46 sources of liquor at Resorts World were insufficient.
Resorts World is pulling no punches (and sparing no expense) in its commitment to deliver some serious OMFG moments when the resort opens this summer. Rumors are swirling about what the opening date might be, but it could be as early as mid-May.
Las Vegas is a dining mecca, and from the looks of it, Resorts World is ready to reinforce that status with a drool-conjuring list of temptations not only for the palate, but all the senses.
We already have a crush on you, Starlight on 66ish.
We’re all ready, Resorts World. We love your unwavering belief there’s pent-up demand for Las Vegas, and for places that tickle our “wow response” again. The skeptics can suck it, Las Vegas was built on big ideas and leaps of faith. And lap dances, but mostly big ideas and leaps of faith!
Let’s gormandize again. Let’s Resorts World.
You can totally steal that line for your advertising, Resorts World. No charge. Although, if Craig’s has vegan chocolate chip ice cream, we’ll take a pint of that. Not mint chocolate chip. We aren’t a weirdo.