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With his new restaurant, Chef Kenny Chye remains at the forefront of local vegan cuisine

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Chef Kenny Chye’s orange chicken.
Photo: Christopher DeVargas
Diana Edelman

Chef Kenny Chye helped put Las Vegas on the vegan dining map, first through the Chinese menu he created at Veggie House, and later by opening the city’s first vegan drive-thru spot, Vege-Way. After leaving Veggie House in 2017, Chye turned his focus to his fast food venture—and toward opening a new restaurant where he could serve vegan Chinese food and sushi.

That spot, Chef Kenny’s Asian Vegan Restaurant, opened the first week of May, but was a long time coming. Chye originally planned to bring it to the Strip before changing his mind and taking his concept to Spring Mountain Road.

In terms of the menu’s evolution, “I found out vegan sushi is a trend, and no chef makes good vegan sushi,” Chye explains. So, he set out to change that with a full sushi menu featuring vegan re-creations of tuna, eel and more. Chef Kenny’s offers up nigiri, hand rolls and specialty rolls, like his take on a Rainbow Roll made with cucumber, avocado and carrots and topped with vegan tuna, salmon, eel, tofu and eel sauce.

Chye has also brought along many of the favorites he introduced at Veggie House, including orange chicken that will fool any omnivore you bring along, plus plenty of other Chinese staples. Chef Kenny’s also serves ramen (including gluten-free noodles) and pho, as well as desserts and milkshakes. “This menu will make many, many people happy,” he says.

Chef Kenny’s Asian Vegan Restaurant 6820 Spring Mountain Road, 702-889-0939. Daily, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; 4:30-9:30 p.m.

Tags: Dining, Food, Vegan
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