One of the most fantastic things about Las Vegas is the food. There is everything from cheap eats to fine dining. Like Los Angeles, you can get almost anything in Las Vegas. While I enjoy cheap eats, I really take advantage of the fine dining. The 2 restaurants on my radar for this trip were Momofuku and the newly opened, Hell’s Kitchen.
I watched a show called Mind of a Chef about 2 years ago. In that show, it featured a chef named David Chang. He is behind restaurants like Momofuku Noodle Bar, and most recently Majordomo in Los Angeles. He opened his Vegas outpost of Momofuku in The Cosmopolitan last year. His Vegas location serves as a greatest hits of his other establishments. I have been dying to try it, but it just never worked out. It was worth the wait. When in New York this fall, I was introduced to the Momofuku family by Momofuku Noodle Bar in the Village. So, I knew that it would be good. I just didn’t know how good.
I ordered the Ginger Scallion Noodles, Dried Mussels and for dessert, a slice of MilkBar Birthday Cake. Hands down, this is one of the best meals I’ve ever had. The Ginger Scallion Noodles were topped with pickled shiitake mushrooms, which were my favorite part. It is definitely a testament to how a simple dish can be elevated to the point of excellence. The Dried Mussels were excellent. It was a last minute decision to order them, and they were the perfect addition to my meal. And for dessert, I knew I was either going next door to get something from MilkBar. However, because they go with each other, they had MilkBar desserts available there. I had a slice of MilkBar Birthday Cake. As the other times before that I’ve had MilkBar, it was outstanding. Chef Christina Tosi is really just one of the women I admire the most. I love how creative and classic she can be at the same time. And it comes out in everything MilkBar comes out with.
The next night, I tried the new Hell’s Kitchen. I have been to 3 out of 5 of Gordon Ramsay’s other Vegas restaurants. I have yet to try his Fish & Chips place, but that is for next time. For this trip, I couldn’t wait to try Hell’s Kitchen. I feel like the concept is a long time coming, and is pretty cool. Especially if you love the show, it will be just that much more fun. There was absolutely no question that I was going for the Hell’s Kitchen prix fixe menu. It had all the parts of the menu they serve on the show. It had the Seared Scallops for an appetizer, Beef Wellington for the entree and Sticky Toffee Pudding for dessert. I also partook in a mocktail called the The Whispering Banshee. The meal was to die for. It is exactly how you think it would taste, but better. Now, disclaimer…I had never had Beef Wellington before. And holy cow, it was incredible. The waiter told me that they were fully booked every single night, and they had seen 50K diners since they opened last month. This is no doubt due to the Ramsay name and the show, but it most definitely has the food to back it up.
I highly recommend both of these restaurants if you visit Las Vegas. They are for sure worth the money. I did not leave disappointed at either place, and I cannot wait to be able to go back again. I would also suggest reservations for both places. Especially Hell’s Kitchen…they get booked fast.