The resurgence of the casino noodle bar has been a thing in recent years and the latest version takes this classic Vegas restaurant style in a super-casual and convenient direction—and at a very unlikely foodie destination.
Red Lotus Asian Kitchen (Tropicana, 702-739-2222, open daily from 11 a.m.-11 p.m.) just opened quietly next to Robert Irvine’s Public House with a counter-service selection of soups, rice bowls, Thai and Chinese noodle dishes and amazingly flavorful appetizers crafted by chef Steven Leung. The nine-spice pork spareribs ($13) are off-the-charts tasty and the bao ($8) are fluffy-sweet doughnuts filled with char siu pork, but the dish you have to destroy on your first visit is Leung’s Tokyo Street Fries ($8). Perfect potatoes are smothered in umami-laden bonito flakes, slightly sweet soy and decadent takoyaki aioli, creating a new ultimate beer food and a brilliant French fry dish to rival poutine. Duck in and crush these now.