When it comes to its restaurants, Virgin Hotels Las Vegas is outward looking. When it opens on March 25, five of the resort’s eight main restaurants will line the event’s lawn and pool area and will be accessible from its winding outdoor promenade.
âWe’ve built this ecosystem, and it all works together,â Richard âBozâ Bosworth, president and CEO of hotelier JC Hospitality, said in a media preview on March 15.
The emphasis on the outdoors matches the overall theme of the hotel, which is a stylized reflection of its desert surroundings. Maybe it’s more obvious in the Mexican restaurant Casa Calavera, which has a large outdoor section. Some of the seats, at tables and in lounges, are actually on a beach-like feature to reflect the âtoes in the sandâ surroundings of the original location of operator Hakkasan Group in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico.
âNow more than ever – with COVID – people want to eat out,â said Derek Silberstein, executive vice president of food and beverage at Hakkasan.
Vibrant talavera tiles and massive hand-painted murals add color and energy to the restaurant, which has many historic accents, including a monumental bar. The Dia de los Muertos theme is achieved with decorative altars in the entrance and a huge floral representation of a sugar skull. Just outside is an oversized throne for those Instagram moments.
Silberstein promises authentic ingredients and a menu tailored to American tastes. There will be a secret menu for locals, features like Tuesday tacos and – also appealing to locals – âstrip-free prizes,â Silberstein said.
Todd English brings his Olives marks the resort in a return to Las Vegas for the celebrity chef, who opened an Olives with the Bellagio in 1998. The restaurant highlights cuisines from the Mediterranean basin, including signature plant and fish dishes. the region.
“We are really going to push the boundaries of what people think of the Mediterranean,” English said. With a prominent wood-burning grill, “there will be a great spectacle of fire and smoke.”
He promises to meet the needs of the inhabitants of Virgin as he did at the Bellagio, including a private Olives valet.
âThe locals like it,â he says. âNow that I’m a local, I understand. “
Money, baby! is the resort’s sports betting site and indoor-outdoor restaurant, on the second floor at one end of the event pool / day club / lawn area, with a staircase connecting it to the patio.
âI feel like we have the best space on the property,â said Justin Massei, co-founder and operating partner of operator Clive Collective. âYou can be inside and feel like you are outside. “
âWe really wanted to bring something different to Vegas,â said co-founder and managing partner Mikas Troyan. “It’s a hybrid concept – not just a nightclub, restaurant or bar.” They promise high energy at sporting events, with 360 degree viewing experience as well as sports betting. There will also be participatory games such as zombie dodgeball and golf simulators.
Food Network personality Beau MacMillan has been named culinary director and promises dishes that will surprise guests, adding that he sees them as “a party within a party”.
Kassi beach house is expected to open with the resort’s pools, possibly in May. Nick Mathers, owner of operator Wish You Were Here, said there will be an atmosphere that evokes European beach resorts and will serve coastal Italian food and drink.
âAlthough we are a restaurant, it is very important for us to create an intimate party atmosphere,â he said. The DJ lines will liven things up, but âyou can still hear yourself talking. It’s about the privacy of the restaurant. Kassi Beach House will have daybeds, cabanas, and poolside seating and will serve lunch, brunch, and dinner.
Those who remember the heyday of Hard Rock may wonder about the role of Nobu at the new Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, but don’t worry; he comes back to a prominent place. General Manager Bryan Shinohara said the space “will be familiar, but different”, with a natural and fun atmosphere with a desert setting. Shinohara said 99% of the previous staff have returned.
He said Virgin’s Nobu will have a more specialized service than its sister at Caesars Palace due to its smaller scale. Iconic dishes such as miso-marinated black cod will return, and there will be dishes that haven’t been seen in Las Vegas and a handful that aren’t available at Caesars.
A steakhouse by Michael and David Morton, who had MB Steak at Hard Rock, will continue to capitalize on the family’s long history of serving premium cuts of beef. Patrick Munster returns as executive chef and said all of his cooks are back as well. Most of the restaurant’s signature dishes endure, like the 16-pound tomahawk steak that serves 10-12, but there are a few new touches.
âI kind of wanted to join the party at the bar, so I did a few presentations at the table,â like surf and turf cooked over Japanese charcoal, Munster said. “I can answer those crazy questions about food.”
Co-owner Jenna Morton said the biggest change between MB and One is that the latter is more integrated into the resort.
âWe have the same aesthetic, the same atmosphere,â she said. “We are one with the property.”
MB’s burnt-wood Japanese walls have been preserved, but the dining room is a little lighter, and bells containing miniature scenes of “departures from reality” dot the dining room. The bar expands, from 23 to 100 seats, and is embellished with a light fixture, made up of 3,000 pieces of glass, which changes color as the evening progresses.
Night + Market will bring “boldly seasoned LA-style Thai food,” owner Kris Yenbamroong said, such as pad kee mao or “drunken noodles,” made from pastrami.
The kitchen at the Commons Club will be the resort’s 24/7 location and the only one serving breakfast in the morning, said executive chef David Werly, with specialties such as a Dutch Baby for two and ‘a really big bread thick golden â. At dinner, he said the restaurant would be a good choice “for people who have no plans”.
âWe want to be the option,â he said. âYou can make it as important an experience as you want. “
The other catering outlets in the complex are After the ice cream, Dunkin ‘, the Funny library cafe, the Juice bar and Strong Pizza.