When you think of dining at the Palms, images of perfectly charred beef at the eternally hip N9NE Steakhouse inevitably come to mind, or perhaps it’s the haute cuisine from top-of-the-tower twins Alizé and Nove Italiano. But don’t sleep on the exhilarating flavors at Lao Sze Chuan, one of the off-Strip resort’s newest and perhaps most overlooked restaurant options.
Chef Tony Hu’s signature three-chili chicken is the most buzzed-about dish on this menu, as sizzling as it is savory. But consider it merely the jumping-off point into a vast, dynamic, authentic Chinese experience. If the spicy turns you on, check out the dry chili chicken as well, adding a deep, smoky burn to the mix. Balance it with the crispy lemon shrimp, a truly addictive bite, and the simple but indulgent tea-smoked duck. For a real family-style experience, share the hot pot, a spread as fun as it is delicious. But also be sure to order the lamb with cumin, another fiery plate with richness to spare. Lao Sze Chuan at the Palms, 702-990-8888. Daily, 5-10:30 p.m.