Las Vegas is about to experience some new restaurants dedicated to novelty dishes meant for Instagram. Ingredients such as matcha, ube, and liquid nitrogen join Korean coffee and baked goods and an all-toast menu. Here’s a look at five new restaurants headed to Las Vegas, along with two that already opened with line-inducing mangonada and hot Cheeto dishes, and Taiwanese desserts.
Green tea leaves product the photograph-worthy matcha dishes in their deep green hues Not only does matcha offer health benefits but caffeine. In Vegas, Honolulu’s Matcha Stand Maiko plans to bring its vivid green desserts to Chinatown later this month. The restaurant which originally opened in 2016, revealed where its first location on the Ninth Island will be serving this spring. A second location heads to Henderson. Ice cream, sponge cake, and “adzuki bean topping” made in house all make the menu. Matcha Stand Maiko imports its finely ground green tea leaves from the Harima Garden in Uji, Kyoto, a famed supplier since 1858.
Purple yams not only make vibrant images, but are an essential ingredient in Filipino fare. California-based Cafe 86 expands to Spring Valley with an intensive taste of ube. The cafe takes over a 2,262-square-foot space at the intersection of Jones Boulevard and Russell Road in the Spanish Palms plaza. Cafe 86 uses ube to create a vibrant Halo-Halo bread pudding, plus ube Pop Tarts, ice cream, pies, and the breakout hit, leche flan cupcakes, large enough to balance a mini flan on top. Sandwiches, milkshakes, slushes, teas, coffees, floats, and desserts including crinkles, churrochies, butter bars, and ube crack cheesecake make the menu.
Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream
Liquid nitrogen ice cream isn’t new to Las Vegas, but Chocolate Chair, the first ice cream shop in Los Angeles area to serve the dish, plans to bring its own spin with Dragon Breath dessert coming to the Grand Bazaar Shops. The Korean-inspired creation features fruity cereal puffs soaked in liquid nitrogen, a trademarked dish. When customers bite into the cereal, a white fog appears and escapes through the mouth and nostrils, mimicking smoke coming out of a dragon’s mouth. Also on the menu, nitrogen organic ice cream, sorbets, made in-house cupcakes, and nitrogen coffee and teas.
This upcoming restaurant dubs itself the “first gourmet toast, smoothie & coffee bar” in Las Vegas with sweet potato and lox and other novelty toast combinations. Toast Society Cafe in Spring Valley takes over 1,560 square feet at the Pine Plaza retail hub, near the intersection of Fort Apache Road and Patrick Lane. The restaurant plans to offer multigrain, gluten-free, and sourdough breads, along with soothies, and premium coffees. Other promised dishes include coconut chia pudding, matcha coffee, and avocado egg salad toast.
Gäbi Coffee & Bakery still hopes to debut in March at the Mountain Point Business Park on Spring Mountain with Korean coffee in an “exotic, but stylish” interior, a greehouse roasting room, indoor trees, vintage hardware, Edison bulbs handing from driftwood, and window ledge seating, built with stacks of books looking out onto Spring Mountain Road. The menu plans to feature baked goods created on site such as croissants, bread, Danishes, tarts, and cakes, plus sandwiches and savory choices featuring dressings and sauces made in house.
Two Already Here
Mangonada and Hot Cheetos: Zero Degrees already opened with long lines of fans ordering mangonada, a Mexican fruit drink, and its extremely colorful dishes, including purple ube milkshakes, bright red“hot Cheetos elote, and yellow spicy Dole Whip cups. A second location heading to The District at Green Valley Ranch is on the way.
Taiwanese Desserts: Meet Fresh brings its menu of Taiwanese desserts to Chinatown. Some of the most popular dishes include boba tofu pudding, herbal jelly, taro ball with red bean, peanut tofu pudding, milk tea with purple rice, red bean soup with taro rice balls and another with sesame rice balls, purple rice porridge with taro balls, mochi with egg pudding, and boba milk tea.