The Palms officially announced that Chicago chef Tony Hu is bringing his Lao Sze Chuan to the resort with a late August debut. The restaurant plans to take over the former Little Buddha space. Here, 17 reasons you should get excited about Lao Sze Chuan opening next month.
1. Tony Hu is out of Chicago, where he's dubbed the Mayor of Chinatown for his 16 restaurants there.
2. Lao Sze Chuan received two Michelin Guide Bib Gourmands for the past two years. Read: It's good.
3. This Lao Sze Chuan at the Palms marks the seventh location of the restaurant.
4. But it's Hu's first Las Vegas venture.
5. While Sze Chuan cuisine is the main focus, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hunan and Shanghai dishes are being created for the Vegas version.
6. Hu visits to China regularly to research culinary trends. Changes on the menu reflect his new finds.
7. The name is broken down into Lao symbolizing old, traditional and authentic in Mandarin, and Sze Chuan, naming the province from which the spicy cuisine originates.
8. The menu includes more than 200 beef, chicken, pork and seafood options.
9. Soups, dim sum and traditional hot pots also get a space on the menu.
10. Some of the most popular dishes have been adapted to American tastes.
11. One new menu item? The Sze Chaun peppercorn fish.
12. Some of his most famous dishes, including Hu's very spicy Tony's chicken with three chili, make the cut.
13. The restaurant will feature 150 seats.
14. Textiles, high ceilings, chandeliers and traditional Chinese elements create the design mix.
15. Metallic gold and bold red accents make up the color palette.
16. Look for ceramic sculptures and culturally inspired artwork.