The Sahara continues to transform its dining scene with a new Chinese restaurant on the way and a grab-and-go spot offering quick bites.
Chef Guoming “Sam” Xin plans to bring his hand-pulled noodles to the resort later this year. The founder of The Noodle Man restaurant, with locations in Chinatown, at Tropicana Avenue and Fort Apache Road, and the 215 Beltway and Rainbow Boulevard, imports his traditional Northern Chinese dishes to a demonstration kitchen. The restaurant’s signature Shanxi knife sliced noodle soup pairs beef, sweet potato, and black fungus with vermicelli and the hot and spicy noodle soup features a salty, savory combination of pork and peanuts. The Noodle Man also serves stir-fried noodles, noodles over rice, and special creations.
Xin kicked off his career more than two decades ago in ZhengZhou, China, where he opened his first restaurant, Noodle City. After earning a certification as a senior noodle technician in Beijing, he moved to Las Vegas, working at Wynn Las Vegas, the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, and Caesars Palace before he opened Noodle Man.
The resort also recently debuted Prendi, a grab-and-go eatery that serves cold-pressed juices, focaccia pizzas, pastries, salads, and sandwiches in the hotel lobby from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The restaurant’s focaccia bar offers varieties such as Margherita; carni with pepperoni, Italian sausage, and ham; fungi with wild mushrooms, roasted garlic, arugula, and pine nut pesto; sausage and peppers with caramelized onion; and chicken pesto with caramelized onion and peppadew peppers.
The restaurant also serves breakfast items including pastries, seasonal muffins, a ham and cheese croissant, an Impossible breakfast burrito, a frittata, and a breakfast sandwich with egg, Black Forest ham, and cheddar.
Executive sous chef Lyle Kaku, who worked with Wolfgang Puck and at the Fairmont San Francisco, and pastry chef Christina Roed, who worked at the Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas and Mandarin Oriental, created the menu.
Later this year, the Sahara plans to open Philadelphia sports bar staple Chickie’s & Pete’s in the former Umami Burger space just in time for the NFL season. The restaurant specializes in crab fries that use crinkle cut fries with “crabby” spices served with two sides of creamy cheese sauce. Bowls of red or white steamed mussels, a two-pound Dungeness crab, snow crab, jumbo crab cakes, and Lisa’s Blonde baby lobster thin crust pie are just some of the notable dishes on the menu.
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