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China Poblano is as delicious as it is fun

China Poblano’s twenty-vegetable fried rice.

At last, a restaurant that reads our minds, that remedies the age-old conundrum: Should we eat tacos or noodles?

All jokes aside, superchef José Andrés’ China Poblano is not a place for fusion, nor should it be simplified or written off as a gimmicky eatery that whimsically serves both Mexican and Chinese food. Located on the Cosmopolitan’s second floor since the hip resort opened on the Strip more than five years ago, China Poblano respects and reveres its dual cuisines, so much so that after you eat here, you’ll realize it doesn’t get any better than these tacos and these dumplings.

But which ones? The Yucatan-style pit-barbecue pork cochinita tacos, in freshly made tortillas, are a standout, savory and rich. For a wonderfully roasted meat in another tidy package, the “stuck on you” lamb potstickers are a landmark bite, a juicy, meaty filling inside a chewy dumpling with crispy lace adding additional, addictive texture.

These dishes are only the beginning of your China Poblano experience, which ranges from noodles and soups to ceviche and fries topped with mole. Dinner here is pure global fun. China Poblano at the Cosmopolitan, 702-698-7900; daily 11:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

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