The look and feel of Paris Las Vegas hasn’t changed much since it opened in the fall of 1999. Sure, it has added Gordon Ramsay Steak to its restaurant lineup and more recently made updates in the booze department with the charming Le Central lobby bar and the outdoor Beer Park. But the overall experience is still themey—especially along the faux streetscape that stretches from the casino back toward parking and Bally’s.
Hold up, what’s this? Just past Martorano’s and its popular “patio” is an Asian “district,” a theme within the theme, and it looks pretty cool. It started about three years ago with the opening of Yong Kang Street, a dumpling and noodle house with cuisine from Hong Kong, Taiwan and China. We figured it was just part of the resurgence of the casino noodle bar, still trending, but then Sekushi arrived next door, a sake and sushi bar with a cozy late-night feel and “street”-side seating. Now you can bounce between the two, sampling satisfying snacks and drinks in a setting that doesn’t feel much like Vegas Paris.
At Yong Kang, don’t skip house-made dim sum options like crispy scallion pancakes and spicy chili, shrimp and pork wonton dumplings ($9.88). Noodle soups make up the biggest part of the menu, from lobster ($19.88) to Vietnamese beef ($15.88). Over at Sekushi, start with panko-breaded shrimp ($8) or scallops grilled with butter ($12), and pair your hot or cold sake selection with seared Wagyu beef tataki ($17). Besides the sashimi and roll selection, this small shop also offers entrées like unagi rice bowls ($22) and rich, creamy seafood udon ($19).