Melinda Sheckells, Las Vegas lifestyle and entertainment expert and editor of On the Strip, shares recommendations on what to try this week and what’s happening around town in the realm of dining and drinking.
Chef Min Kim has taken over the kitchen at Mizumi at Wynn Las Vegas, the resort’s fine-dining Japanese restaurant. He is the former executive chef of Mizumi at Wynn Palace in Cotai. Originally from Korea, Kim’s father ran a traditional Japanese restaurant. He later moved to Tokyo and worked at both Michelin two-starred Michelin three-starred restaurants. Kim now brings his traditional Japanese training and experience to Las Vegas. Some of his signature dishes include yellowtail hamachi carpaccio with jalapeño gelée, crispy onions, cilantro essence and ponzu; chargrilled Australian scampi with yuzu butter, poached yellow peach and mizuna salad; and 48-hour slow roasted 'Mugifuji' pork belly with crispy tapioca skin, baby corn salad and kabocha pumpkin puree. Mizumi is open for dinner service Tuesday to Thursday from 5:30 to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Gemma Gemma's Square Pies is the pizza concept by Graffiti Bao’s Chef Marc Marrone serving square pies, hot beef torpedo sandwiches, mozzarella sticks, wings and more. The crust is a secret blend of cheeses—including mozzarella and fontina. The specialty here is the vodka sauce and pepperoni for 5.88 a slice or try the Bianco, white sauce, rosemary, pistachio honey and onion for $6 a slice. Or make a box of four 6-inch by 6-inch pies.
While Sparrow + Wolf continues it’s amazing Sunday Brunch, now including a special Dim Sum menu, endless bubbles and a rotating list of free local Las Vegas entertainers, they are also offering their homemade ingredients in the S+W Pantry. Think sauces, pates, oysters and even whole meals. Don’t miss the Easy Peasy cocktail to-go, sugar snap Pea and mint-infused Ketel One Vodka, lime juice and chamomile; Japanese Milk bread loaf; Sparrow + Wolf stock made from veal, pork, chicken and aromatics; and premium oysters.
Popular French restaurant Partage, recently launched its wine club. Focused solely on French wines, it will also provide member exclusive perks. Every month, they organize a dinner during which Chef Yuri designs a special menu to pair with the wines of the month. Store wine—up to six bottles per membership—in the Partage wine cellar. Two bottles are included per membership and it costs $99. You also get preferred pricing on additional purchases of cases of the wines of the month. The annual Membership is $999.00 and includes the monthly perks, plus an at-home tasting for you and your friends and a consultation on building cellar.
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