Sin City is home to a lot of restaurants and bars, but there are tons of hidden gems that the majority of Las Vegans aren't unearthing. To help guide us to these potential discoveries, we've enlisted some of our city's food players to share their recommendations for a weekly feature dubbed Dining Confidential. Know a chef who wants to share some top dining spots? The tipline is open.
Chris Eagle has spent more than 20 years in the food and beverage industry, working his way up from waiting tables and bartending to management. He found his love for wine and fine dining at Charley’s Steakhouse in Orlando and started taking wine classes and expanding his knowledge of the fine dining culture while mixing in his passion for business. In 2002 he began working for Emeril Lagasse and eventually ended up in New Orleans, then on to Miami, Atlanta and eventually Las Vegas. Eagle joined DB Brasserie at the Venetian as part of the opening team and is instrumental in the day-to-day operations. Here he shares four of his favorite places to dine in Las Vegas when he’s not working at Daniel Boulud’s restaurant, and three of them are off-Strip treasures.
Which restaurants do you turn to when you’re not working?
Raku, Sage, Kabuto and Chada Thai.
What dishes are most memorable?
The duck panang at Chada Thais is definitely the best curry dish in town.
Kabuto is the most authentic edomae sushi experience I've had in the United States. I love that they offer three tiers of omakase menus so there is something for every price point. You're in the chef’s hands. There are no rolls. You get what they give you. The quality and rarity of the product and the care they put into every piece sets them apart.
Why do you enjoy going there?
I gravitate to these places for their uniqueness. So many places do so many things that are the same and I like to seek out those signature dishes that make a particular place stand out.