30 September 2013 // Posted in Eat
Scott and I go to Vegas and stay at the Bellagio a few times a year. Tucked away in the casino between the Pai Gow tables and Baccarat is this little unassuming noodle place that always has a line out the door. We never paid it that much attention until we saw this awesome video interview with Executive Chef Patrick Lee on the Bellagio hotel TV channel. It’s hilarious! We couldn’t get over how he kept describing his food as “YUMMY”! With that kind of enthusiasm it has to be yummy, right?
In fact, it was so yummy that we ate there three days in a row! Noodles serves all kinds of traditional Asian dishes with influences from Thailand, Japan, China, and Vietnam. We went crazy over the dim sum! We sat at the bar with a small bottle of Kurasawa sake and watched the dim sum cart roll by every 2 minutes. It was filled with all kinds of delicious steaming hot dumplings and buns (see pic #1). The cart lady laughed at me because I was staring down the char siu bao (BBQ pork buns) every time she passed by. If you’ve never had it before it’s BBQ pork stuffed into a soft pillowy sweet bun. The sweet and savory combo along with the soft texture of the bun is dangerously addicting! It’s like biting into a savory marshmallow. Other dumplings we picked were the mushroom, scallop, swiss chard, and crispy shrimp ball. We loved it all, but I probably wouldn’t get the swiss chard dumpling next time since it was loaded with raw garlic…that stuff sticks with you all day.
From the regular menu we ordered the vegetable spring roll, cucumber salad, and the signature shrimp wonton noodle soup. The spring rolls came with a sweet and sour sauce that wasn’t overpowering (which I appreciate) and the salad was light and crunchy and had dried seaweed on top. The soup was clean, simple, and fresh. It had all the depth in the broth we were looking for and the shrimp dumplings and noodles had the right amount of chewiness. The spring onions were refreshing and uplifted the base of the soup.
They take the noodle theme seriously here, but not in a tacky way. There’s tons of containers of different types of noodles used as decor along the wall. Soft yellow lighting makes this little restaurant glow and puts you in the mood for a big comforting bowl of noodles.
Out of all the times we’ve stayed at the Bellagio I can’t believe we hadn’t been sooner. No wonder there’s always a line…this place is seriously yummy!
What to get: Dim Sum (don’t miss the Char Siu Bao – pic #3), Kurasawa Sake, and wonton noodle soup
Tips: Good for a casual lunch or dinner after working up an appetite at the Pai Gow tables. Also, the Dim Sum cart is only available for lunch on the weekends and the wait can be long during peak dining times.
NOODLES // Bellagio.com
3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Location: Bellagio Hotel (in the casino behind the Pai Gow poker tables)
Cost: $$ Moderate
Lunch and Dinner Daily
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Friday – Sunday
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.