I know that what happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas, but I can’t keep this one to myself! The Hakkasan Group, a conglomerate that finances and operates properties all over the world and that is considered by many to be the name in hospitality and luxury experiences, recently hosted an exciting weekend in Sin City that showcased some of their newer and more recently acquired properties.
Looking for a relaxed dining experience that feels more like a dinner party at a friend’s house rather than the exclusive, 4-star restaurant it really is? Then head on over to Searsucker, Caesars Palace’s new causal retro-Americana-themed restaurant. The brainchild of Chef Brian Malarkey, Searsucker is the type of place that beckons you to “come early and stay late.” Malarkey says he wanted his new restaurant to evoke the type of casually classy, feel-good vibe of seersucker fabric.
Vista cocktail lounge is the newest watering hole in Caesar’s Palace where you can enjoy a drink after a delicious dinner at Searsucker. Called “a lounge that visually reinvents itself every night,” Vista’s atmosphere is driven by LED portals on the walls that offer breathtaking panoramic views of various city skylines, including a glittering view of Dubai and the sun setting over New York City.
Giada, the first restaurant from Emmy Award–winning celebrity chef Giada de Laurentis, opened in Vegas just a couple years ago. It’s located in one of The Strip’s newest and most intimate hotel and casino, The Cromwell, a Parisian-themed, 188-room luxury boutique hotel. One of the hotel’s biggest draws, the restaurant Giada restaurant is awash in natural light from its huge retractable windows and offers delicious Italian cuisine with California influences. Diners can eat in the main dining room, the lounge or the outdoor patio.
Coming under Hakkasan control in the last year and a half, Yellowtail restaurant in the Bellagio Resort and Casino, is said to be “as close as you can get to Japan on the Las Vegas strip.” Executive Chef Akira Back creates a fine dining experience with the highest quality seasonal fish, inspired by his world travels. The restaurant also carries an extensive selection of specialty sakes.
And Herringbone restaurant will satisfy your craving for fresh, “ocean-to-table” seafood. Opening about six months ago inside the Aria Resort and Casino (opening image), Herringbone—another restaurant from Chef Brian Malarkey, who brought you Searsucker—has a beachy but refined atmosphere, and its menu pairs seafood and responsibly sourced meat with farmer’s market produce.
But among the most impressive offerings is the new nightclub Jewel in the Aria Resort and Casino that will open in May. Occupying the space that was formerly home to Haze nightclub, Jewel will be a feast for the senses. Billed as a “rare ambient delight,” the nightclub will feature over 1,300 feet of architectural LED ribbons of light in the ceiling, walls and pillars, and a wall of light technology that “shape-shifts and shines” behind the DJ booth. The club will feature a main level and a mezzanine level, and have five themed VIP suites.
So if you’ve been to Las Vegas once before or several times before, you can bet there will be something new for you to see, taste and feel. Here’s to your next visit to Las Vegas!