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.
Executive chef Vincent Pouessel has only been with DB Brasserie, Daniel Boulud’s French restaurant at the Venetian, back in July. The Brittany, France, native went to Saint Michel College and then Lycée Hotelier Notre Dame in St Méen le Grand, where he earned certificates in both cuisine de collectivitées and restaurant cuisine. He started his culinary career as a seasonal cook at La Mere Pourcel in Dinan before working in both Bordeaux and Paris, where he named executive sous chef de cuisine at Le Jules Verne, a Michelin-starred restaurant located inside the Eiffel Tower. He moved on to Las Vegas to become the sous chef de cuisine at the MGM Grand’s Mansion, leaving to work at Charlie Palmer’s Aureole at Mandalay Bay, where he became the executive chef a year later and headed up the kitchen for a decade. Here he shares his three favorite restaurants in Las Vegas for hanging with family or chef friends.
Which restaurants do you turn to when you’re not working?
Weiss Deli off of Sunset and Green Valley Parkway, Monta Ramen in Chinatown and Sushi Mon in the Silverado Ranch area are my go-to spots.
What dishes are most memorable?
At Weiss Deli I love their farmers market hash, loaded of veggies and their homemade corned beef hash, the best. My wife loves their chicken matzoh ball soup and my girls can’t get enough chocolate chips pancake and challah bread French toast.
Monta for ramen. The whole family loves the noodles there and I really like their pork belly bowl. The gyoza potstickers are a favorite too.
Sushi Mon for their all you can eat, especially the grilled hamachi collar and they always have pretty nice selection of sashimi. Hand rolls are pretty good too.
Why do you enjoy going there?
I like to go to Weiss Deli because the service and the overall experience is pretty family casual; the waitress knows us and the food is not only super fresh and made to order but it's really good. Comparable to a New York City Jewish deli.
I am a fan of Monta mostly because it’s small and super casual with fast service and food. I’m usually there for a late Sunday lunch with the family, or after work at night with my other chef friends to catch up after a long day at work.
Sushi Mon is another choice because it too is a great, casual, family friendly dining spot, but I also like to visit late at night with my crew sometimes.