Las Vegas can finally taste San Francisco-based chef Charles Phan’s Vietnamese dishes when The Slanted Door opens tonight at the front of the Forum Shops at Caesars. Phan along with his Las Vegas chef de cuisine Lanny Chin bring the dishes that made Phan famous along with only-in-Vegas exclusives at the chef’s first restaurant outside the Bay Area.
The menu includes spring rolls made with Gulf shrimp, pork, mint, shallot mayonnaise, and peanut sauce, perhaps one of the most famous dishes from the restaurant; crispy Imperial rolls stuffed with Gulf shrimp, pork shoulder, vermicelli noodles, and roasted peanut; and the must-order shaking beef featuring cubed filet mignon, watercress, red onion, and lime sauce that Phan sells as many as 60 orders per night in San Francisco, he once told The New York Times.
While the exclusives have not been revealed quite yet, the cocktail menu does offer diners a chance to taste whiskey renditions. Phan’s favorite drink comes with Buffalo Trace bourbon, Angostura and orange bitters, gomme syrup, and orange peel. Other cocktails include The Dorchester made with Beefeater gin, lime, maraschino, and organic grapefruit and the Ginger Limeade with Hangar One kaffir lime vodka, ginger, and lime.
The wait for The Slanted Door to arrive in Las Vegas officially kicked off in May 2017, promised for 2018, and delayed until summer 2019, until finally settling on an official opening date.
Phan won the James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef: Pacific in 2004 and Outstanding Restaurant in 2014. Phan wrote two cookbooks: Vietnamese Home Cooking and The Slanted Door. The original Slanted Door opened in San Francisco’s Mission District in 1995.
The Slanted Door, Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Boulevard S., 725-210-7010. Open daily from 5:30 to 11 p.m.
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