Diners who have found their way to the Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino just west of the Strip have gotten caught up in the rapture of the delicious dim sum offerings from Pearl Ocean. But the fine dining Chinese restaurant at the new property is just as accessible and exceptional, and now is a great time to try Phoenix for the first time, thanks to an updated menu.
Phoenix is moving away from the traditional family-style service you’ll recognize from many Chinese restaurants, to focus on a more upscale experience fitting its sophisticated setting. As you’ll see and taste, the adjustment also allows for extended creativity. Appetizers and side-dish options now include garlic-miso eggplant, beef carpaccio, savory duck lettuce wraps, basil crab cakes and a meaty combo plate of espresso-rubbed ribs and lemon zest chicken wings. The exalted luxury seafood item abalone is highlighted with a dish featuring Australian green lip abalone served five ways.
House specials include kimchi fried rice; rich oxtail or filet mignon pho noodle soup; a dim sum tasting platter complete with barbecue pork buns, shu mai, har gow, XO shrimp dumplings and pea shoot dumplings; and braised beef with red wine sauce served in a pumpkin. In addition to a selection of steaks, new entrées include jumbo prawns sautéed in butter, garlic, shallots and lemon; sweet soy chicken with pineapple fried rice; smoked Chilean sea bass with ponzu butter; and sautéed whole lobster with black truffle sauce.
Lucky Dragon has clearly become the new home of authentic Chinese cuisine in Las Vegas, and it’s goes way beyond that. There are no rules when it comes to great dining. Phoenix at Lucky Dragon, 702-579-1288; Sunday-Thursday 5-10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 5-11 p.m.