Named for the address of New York City’s first Chinese grocery store, Mott 32 quickly became one of Hong Kong’s top dining destinations after it opened in 2014. The elegant yet industrial restaurant by Maximal Concepts, located in the basement of the Standard Chartered Bank, is notable for bridging Eastern and Western cuisine and for its architecture—a multifaceted vision orchestrated by Hong Kong designer Joyce Wang.
Now, the Palazzo is home to the brand’s first U.S. expansion. “A lot of effort went into keeping it timeless,” says Michael Main, Maximal Concepts’ Senior Group Director of Operations. The wallpaper is hand-embroidered. Anna May Wong—Hong Kong’s first Hollywood-crossover actress—graces one of the walls and is also a cocktail namesake. Glimpses of neon—a nod to both Hong Kong and Las Vegas’ skylines—are carefully placed throughout.
Executive Chef Alan Ji, formerly of Wing Lei, heads the restaurant under the direction of Mott 32 corporate executive chef and Michelin award-winning Man-Sing Lee. Forty-two-day apple wood-roasted Peking duck ($108) is sliced tableside and served with peanut butter hoisin sauce, cucumber, scallions and soft, traditional steamed pancakes that you assemble into handheld wraps. Pluma Iberico pork ($39) is precision-cut from just behind the neck and then marinated in Yellow Mountain honey for a sweet and smoky barbecue experience. Dim sum options include steamed hot and sour Iberico pork Shanghaiese soup dumplings ($14)—served on small wooden swings—and baked Australian Wagyu beef puffs ($15), two-bite morsels in a sweet, delicate pastry.
Mott 32’s menu also features a variety of vegetarian options, from wild mushroom and black truffle lettuce cups ($20) to sautéed asparagus with water chestnuts and ginkgo nuts ($20).
My favorite plate is hands down the signature smoked black cod ($42). Bite-sized pieces of white fish are slathered in a tantalizing barbecue sauce, lending the otherwise mild fish an intense, meaty flavor. It’s a surprising dish from one of Las Vegas most important newcomers.
Mott 32 Palazzo, 702-607-3232. Daily, 5-11 p.m.