Restaurateur Michael Chow’s Mr Chow is a Beverly Hills staple, having opened 42 years ago in the tony California enclave. He finally brought his pride and joy to the Las Vegas Strip at Caesars Palace in December in the form of an elegant, all-white palace of upscale dining. Planet Hollywood resident Jennifer Lopez brought her All I Have opening-night afterparty here in January, and yet the food takes the spotlight every evening at Mr Chow.
Here are our picks for three must-have items at this new Strip standard:
Dumplings. A staple at many Chinese restaurants, the dumplings here are ultra-juicy, the perfect way to begin a meal. Try to have only one and you will fail. Mr Chow’s special-recipe hot sauce adds a spicy kick if you so desire.
Duck. The fabulous fowl is a luxury item in Chinese cuisine and absolutely stellar at Mr Chow. The crispy skin is dazzling, and this entrée is interactive—diners are invited to make duck “tacos” with the sides of pancakes, sliced cucumbers, scallions and hoisin sauce.
Dessert. The final decadent course is a surprise at Mr Chow for its variety and richness, ranging from a thick, indulgent fudge cake or light coconut cake to oranges soaked in Grand Marnier, perfect-texture cheesecake or a simple and sweet bowl of lychee. (Mr Chow’s lychee martini is a standout, too.) Mr Chow at Caesars Palace, 702-731-7888; Sunday-Thursday 5-10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 5-10:30 p.m.