Gardenside Dining Flourishes

February 25, 2013 | by Emma Trotter | Food & Drink News

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: The Buffet at Wynn; Cafe Bellagio; Poppy Den.

In sunny Vegas, the spring’s warm desert air finds diners antsy to end their hibernation and return to their beloved sunlit dining hot spots—eateries bursting with the color and fragrance of fresh flowers. Sure to be a new favorite is Poppy Den, which bloomed at Tivoli Village this year. At the trendy Asian gastropub, helmed by former Top Chef All-Stars contestant Angelo Sosa, the bright crimsons and oranges of poppies are reflected in everything from the wall décor to the furniture. With its sprawling patio, the restaurant’s poppy garden—set to flourish this spring—will offer the prettiest seats in the house, with a variety of flowers and herbs that play off the restaurant’s dishes. “People love dining among flowers, because there’s a disconnect from nature when you live in an urban place,” Sosa says. “I like to provide my customers with an oasis to escape to.” Tivoli Village, 702-802-2480

Café Bellagio
For Strip dining among flowers, there’s perhaps no better view in town than at Café Bellagio, which sits adjacent to the famed Conservatory & Botanical Gardens—one of the city’s most staggeringly busy attractions. With quite a few coveted tables near the flower displays, the open, airy Café Bellagio is the hotel’s casual-with-a-view destination. Wait times can reach an hour, which leaves enough time to peruse the garden’s seasonal displays before your meal. Bellagio, 702-693-7111

The Buffet at Wynn
Wynn Las Vegas’s extreme attention to detail and presentation extends to its venerable buffet, which features a stunning array of tropical plants, fruits, and luxe flowers such as chrysanthemums, calandivas, hydrangeas, and begonias. The entrance is lined with a hedge of lady and kentia palms, plus two Ming Aralias and overgrown peace lilies, while schefflera plants, bird-of-paradise flowering plants, Philodendron “Xanadu,” and tall dracaenas enhance the restaurant’s interior. Wynn Las Vegas, 702-770-3340

PHOTOGRAPHY BY SABIN ORR, GABE GINSBERG, BARBARA KRAFT; COURTESY OF BELLAGIO

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