5 Things You Must Try at … MR CHOW
Artist and restaurateur Michael Chow opened the first MR CHOW in London in 1968, offering authentic Beijing cuisine and impeccable service. The restaurant quickly became an international sensation. The famed Beverly Hills location, which opened in 1974, turned into a hot spot known for its celebrity clientele.
After years of hoping for an outlet, Las Vegas became home to the iconic brand in 2015 when the restaurant opened its seventh location at Caesars Palace. The classic restaurant was the perfect fit for a classic hotel.
It recently celebrated its first anniversary at Caesars Palace after a year of welcoming high-profile guests like Britney Spears, Steve Martin, Martin Short, Conan O’Brien, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Jennifer Lopez and more.
The Las Vegas location features elegant white, modern décor with one-of-a-kind design elements including a kinetic “moon” sculpture that hangs over the main dining room. Touches like the sculpture add a bit of a show element to your meal and that’s exactly what MR CHOW likes to do. Not only is it a culinary experience, you’ll also be entertained during your evening.
The sculpture is suspended from a domed ceiling in the center of the room and it comes to life every 20 minutes slowly morphing into different shapes.
You’ll also be wowed by the presentation of the Champagne trolley before your meal. The beautiful cart is wheeled up to your table and you can choose from a high-end selection of bubbles like Krug and Dom Pérignon that are typically hard to find by the glass. You can also enjoy the Champagne by the glass at MR CHOW’s Social Hour, which runs from 5 – 7 p.m. Sunday – Thursday. Stop into the bar and enjoy great prices on Krug Grand Cuvée, Moët & Chandon Rosé and Moët & Chandon Imperial.
When it’s time for food, the dishes are served family-style so that all guests at the table experience a little bit of everything. Need some suggestions? Here are the five things we love to order at MR CHOW Chinese restaurant in Las Vegas:
This appetizer is a house specialty so we recommend starting your meal with it. Tender skewers of sautéed chicken are covered in a buttery, creamy peanut sauce. You’ll notice the chicken’s beautiful orange color, which comes from carrot juice.
Pro tip: Use the accompanying chili sauce to add a nice amount of heat to the chicken.
The green prawn dish is one of the most famous things on the MR CHOW menu. Artist Keith Haring loved the green prawns so much that he drew the famed 1986 portrait “Mr. Chow as Green Prawn in a Bowl of Noodle.”
The prawns get their striking bright (and we mean bright) green color from a spinach puree. The light and flavorful prawns are infused with garlic and served mixed with fresh mushrooms, water chestnuts and roasted cashews.
MR CHOW Noodles
This dish is a classic. It was first introduced to the menu at MR CHOW in 1968. We love that the noodles are hand pulled. And if you want to see just how much work goes into doing that, you can. Every night the noodle chef comes out into the dining room and puts on a show for the guests. Staff and guests cheer him on as he flips the slab of dough and slams it down until it eventually becomes ribbon-like strands of noodles.
MR CHOW Noodles are served with a sweet and spicy pork sauce and they can also be made with a vegetarian option.
This classic Chinese dish is a favorite at MR CHOW. It is served as a three-course dinner for a minimum of three guests. The duck is roasted to order in an authentic Beijing Duck oven for 40 minutes and then carved tableside.
Wrap the duck in the house-made pancakes and top with cucumbers, scallions and hoisin sauce.
Ma Mignon has been on the MR CHOW menu since 1975 and it’s still a crowd pleaser. The incredibly tender filet is served with a crispy flour crust and is topped with peppercorns and an onion sauce. It’s a simple yet flavorful dish.
A beautiful dessert cart will be wheeled to your table after your meal and you’ll be tempted by things like triple chocolate cake, white chocolate cheesecake, a light and fluffy coconut cake, and oranges soaked in Grand Marnier. Do yourself a favor and indulge.