There’s a lot to absorb at the newly reinvented Palms, from Damien Hirst’s shark tank art to the recast restaurant program. Send Noodles, one of the Palms’ more fun and casual new dining establishments, follows the venue’s fresh direction, mixing playfully good eats, great service and a unique atmosphere. Whether catching a show inside the Pearl or meeting friends for a night of drinks and dancing at the new Apex Social Club (formerly Ghostbar), Send Noodles is a great pre-game spot with satisfying Asian-inspired grub that won’t break the bank.
As the name suggests (it’s an apparent riff on the Internet saying “send nudes”) Send Noodles doesn’t take itself too seriously, which is why unpretentious, slightly gimmicky options like ramen mac and cheese and sake in cardboard to-go cups actually work. Since the main courses skew carb- and meat-heavy, opt for veggie-friendly appetizers like the crispy tempura green beans ($8), drizzled in a spicy aioli and sweet and salty unagi sauce and topped with toasted almonds. The bang bang broccoli ($12) is offered as a side dish, but the deep-fried, truffle aioli-covered florets are a perfect app before you dive into Send Noodles’ more rib-sticking entrees.
Send Noodles takes inspiration from Mandarin, Cantonese, Szechuan, Japanese, Korean and Thai cuisines, making the catch-all “regional specialties” category on the menu a bit confusing (I’m not sure what Asian country is home to “Firecracker Chicken,” but I’m guessing none). Still, the savory braised oxtail ($18) with lotus root, mushrooms and gravy doesn’t disappoint. If you’re craving Asian barbecue, the roasted half duck ($18) is a hearty option at an accessible price point, while the Peking duck ($48) is your spendier, no-fuss option, served with boneless meat, cucumber, onion, hoisin sauce and bao buns.
Of course, you can’t leave without trying the noodles. From the ramen mac ($11) with cheddar, smoked gouda and cream cheese, to the vermicelli noodle bowl ($15), each dish is sure to satisfy your nood’ craving.
SEND NOODLES Palms, 702-953-7677. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-midnight.