Since 1968, the who’s who have met at Mr. Chow—from Beverly Hills to London. Now he’s bringing the party to Las Vegas.
When the Vegas rumor mill began buzzing with the idea that Michael Chow’s Beijing cuisine restaurant, Mr. Chow—which has operated its celebrity-packed hot spots since his first London eatery in 1968—would open a location in Las Vegas, the reaction from the city’s gourmands was equal parts delight and, “Finally!” After all, Vegas is full of iconic restaurants. Not having a Mr. Chow—which some would say is the ultimate status restaurant—somehow seemed like an oversight.
This has been corrected in high style, all curated and designed by Chow himself, from the Champagne lounge on the casino floor of Caesars Palace to the restaurant, up a set of private elevators into the glistening round Plexi-lined dining room, overlooking the Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis (take that, New York City!). Then, as the Mr. Chow-initiated know, the theater begins: with another pass of the bubble trolley, wine decanting, sole filleting, Beijing duck carved tableside to great effect, and a mesmerizing noodle-pulling show. All the classics are here, from the otherworldly green prawns (immortalized in a portrait by famous Chow diner Keith Haring) and Ma Mignon (a crispy crusted filet mignon) to the famous dessert selection—Grand Marnier-marinated oranges, coconut cake, an endless display of colorful delights-wheeled out on a custom-made Christofle trolley cart.
The Vegas centerpiece is a one-of-a-kind kinetic sculpture, TheMoon, designed by Chow and made of snowy white fiberglass (inside it’s Yves Klein Blue) and suspended from the soaring dome overhead. Every new restaurant has its unique Mr. Chow style, Chow explains, “but in this particular case, we have a 60-foot-diameter dome, that has given us this incredible opportunity to do something great,” he enthuses. “The sculpture, 26 feet in diameter, dances throughout the evening, every 20 minutes.”
Mr. Chow’s Las Vegas restaurant beautifully accomplishes what it has always done in cities like Miami and New York: Among all the teams of captains and servers in their balletic presentations of dish after colorful dish, the endless gleaming accessories and design elements, and now even a kinetic sculpture to watch, it’s the diners who feel just a bit more attractive. And isn’t that the point of going out in this town? Caesars Palace; 702-731-7888