LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Dirty Dining hits a brand new restaurant at a high-end property on the Las Vegas Strip.
The X Pot at the Grand Canal Shoppes in the Venetian Resort opened its lounge in August and just announced phase two of its opening plan.
The Asian fusion restaurant boasts an ultra-modern dinner experience: hot pots served by robots and “top tier immersive dining” with high definition projections, thematic soundscapes, and interactive light shows right on your dinner plate.
Unfortunately, a 35-demerit C grade for The X Pot’s prep and storage area on its Aug. 31 inspection cast a shadow over the much-anticipated eatery.
Health inspectors left The X Pot with an alphabet soup of grade cards on its first series of health inspections: an A for the bar and to-go area, two B's for the butcher prep and restaurant, and that 35-demerit C grade for the area where food is prepared and stored. As of Sept. 3, all of The X Pot’s health permits were back to A grades.
During the Aug. 31 inspection, The X Pot was ordered to cease and desist preparing food in a storage area where there was no hand sink.
Beef in the fridge had to be thrown out due to unsafe temperatures and improper cooling.
Multiple large containers of tripe were stored unattended and at room temperature.
The juicer, noodle maker, and vacuum sealer were all "soiled indicating prior use," according to the inspector.
Open containers of raw meat were stored directly over ready-to-eat desserts and garnishes in the fridge. And there were stains from drippage on a box of Pellegrino sitting under raw meat.
Employee drinks sat on prep surfaces and food was stored in the hand sink.
Fruits and vegetables were not washed before being cut and prepped for customer service.
A spokesperson for The X Pot said, "The day this happened, The X Pot was not open. We ran into a storage issue a couple of days prior and when the inspector arrived, machines and boxes were being moved into other storage. So there was disarray, but the food was overflow and not being served to customers. We take full accountability for the state of our kitchen that day and have gone above and beyond since then, ensuring everything served to customers has been perfect."
Click here to see the health inspection report for The X Pot Prep & Storage.
Click here to see the health re-inspection report The X Pot Prep & Storage.