Best Thing We Ate

Best Thing We Ate: Sui Mai a la Jose Andres

By Lesley Balla  |  October 11, 2013
Credit: Lesley Balla

"So, is this Mexican or Chinese?" our friend asked. Exactly. Along with his popular paella and tapas restaurant, Jaleo, at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, super chef Jose Andres opened China Poblano, where you can get guacamole and shrimp and crab coctels alongside dan dan noodles and spring rolls. Why the two under one roof? According to the menu, when the Spanish explorers first sailed the Pacific, they brought Asian spices and fruit to Mexico, and New World peppers to China. It's a no-brainer to bring them together in one place.

This is the first China Poblano concept for Andres, and it definitely has his vibrant sensibility both in decor and menu. The whole vibe is bright and fun, a great spot to kick off a night in Vegas, although lunch (take-out!) and brunch are equally good. Mescal cocktails, lychee sours, craft beers and a good wine list make sure you'll have fun, too. One of our favorite bites are the dumplings, especially simple, traditional sui mai. The flavors are spot on, the dumplings juicy and tender in the steam basket. The gold leaf? Vegas, baby.