David Chang, the television personality and chef who already has Momofuku at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, showcased some of his menu items in progress for Majordomo Meat & Fish, opening this winter at the Palazzo. “I’ll be honest, I have no idea of what’s actually going to be on the menu when we open,” he says before serving a four-course meal on the patio at his Los Angeles location.
He did provide a few hints about the inspiration for the dishes. “It’s going to be like my love of like Lawry’s Prime Rib. My love of Brazilian steakhouses, obviously my love of Korean barbecue.”
But at the heart of Chang’s inspiration, a restaurant that is specific to Las Vegas. It might have numerous carts bringing dishes to tables for trolley service, including dim sum. “It’s a fun and engaging way to bring the kitchen out to the table,” he says.
It might include seafood tanks near the kitchen to show off the fresh crustaceans. “I’ve always wanted fish tanks but I never had the space,” Chang says.
But it will include a Korean barbecue at the rear of the space that takes over the former home of Carnevino at the Palazzo.
For the preview, that menu showcased sliced kanpachi, diver scallops with Serrano pepper and yuzu, oysters with kimchi, and a shrimp cocktail, of course. Shishito peppers came stuffed with Benton’s sack sausage and bathed in buttermilk before being fried, while a Dungeness crab dish tossed table side featured egg noodles, ginger, and scallions. Chang wasn’t pleased with the way that dish turned out.
The highlight came with smoked prime rib, a dish rolled out on a trolley and carved table side. Fries with a raclette sauce, a tomato salad, and Chinese broccoli with spicy breadcrumbs rounded out the entrees showcased.
“Don’t hold us to this,” Chang warns. “It might change.”
He also plans to include a separate a slider restaurant modeled after White Manna, the slider burger institution in New Jersey. Chang calls the sliders Tastys, served on King’s Hawaiian bread, with a choice of a beef mix or Impossible meat, cheese, and grilled onions. Think of this as the gourmet version of the White Castle burger.
Disclosure: David Chang is producing shows for Hulu in partnership with Vox Media Studios, part of Eater’s parent company, Vox Media. No Eater staff member is involved in the production of those shows, and this does not impact coverage on Eater.
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