Poppy Den by Chef Angelo Sosa, Asian Gastropub, At Tivoli Village Jan 1

Award-winning Chef Angelo Sosa debuts his latest culinary eatery and first Las Vegas restaurant, Poppy Den, inside Tivoli Village on New Year’s Day January 1, 2013. Poppy Den is an Asian gastropub with authentic flavors and handpicked ingredients served in a neighborhood eatery that is meant to bring people together.

Chef Angelo Sosa
Chef Angelo Sosa

The 5,400 sq.-ft. restaurant has a serene, rustic ambiance with an interesting attention to detail. A lunch and brunch menu will be available starting Jan. 5.

Chef Sosa’s vision for Poppy Den is to broaden one’s horizons through exploration and experience of the senses. The Poppy symbolizes passion and that passion resonates throughout Chef Sosa’s spirited combinations of Asian flavors. Sosa has traveled extensively throughout Asia, uncovering the many different flavor profiles for his menu.

Poppy Den by Chef Angelo Sosa
Poppy Den by Chef Angelo Sosa

Each dish is familiar, yet becomes a new experience through the intermingling of unique combinations of spices, herbs and other fresh ingredients. Selections of the vibrant and flavorful cuisine include The Poppy Burger, inspired by his award-winning Bibimbap Burger, voted “Greatest Burger in America” by Eater.com; Fish Sandwich with Onion Jam and Dill, Chef Sosa’s signature; Miso Salmon with Shisito Peppers; Amma’s Homemade Tomato Soup; Watermelon Salad with Goat Cheese; and what is expected to become a unique favorite, “Simply the Best” Potato Chips and Ice Cream.

The menu was created to provide guests with sustainable and locally-sourced products and is meant to promote sharing and creating celebrations.

“For this Summerlin restaurant my goal was to create a menu that would be approachable and give guests the chance to feed their cravings,” said Chef Angelo Sosa. “By featuring an affordable yet upscale menu in a seductive atmosphere we look forward to providing a memorable experience for our guests.”

Every space of the venue, from the secluded outside poppy garden area just off the main dining room to the bar and Den upstairs has its own vibe and atmosphere where patrons can sip a cocktail, enjoy a great meal and hang out with friends. The Den, located on the second floor, is a casual, intimate and intoxicating environment where guests can start or end their night. Other highlights of Poppy Den include: a large library of sake, hand-crafted cocktails, interesting beer and wine selections.

Chef Sosa is a two-time Bravo “Top Chef” ‘cheftestant’ appearing on season 7 and “Top Chef” All Stars. Sosa is the chef/owner of New York City’s Social Eatz as well as Añejo Tequileria and is the author of “Flavor Exposed: 100 Global Recipes from Sweet to Salty, Earthy to Spicy,” which was released in June 2012.

He graduated with high honors at the Culinary Institute of America and has worked at a number of notable restaurants such as, Stonehenge Restaurant & Inn, YumCha, Restaurant Jean Georges and the highly acclaimed Spice Market. He has also consulted for a variety of restaurants including: Buddakan and Morimoto in Philadelphia as well as Spoon Food & Wine in Paris.

Poppy Den is located in the heart of Tivoli Village at 440 Rampart Blvd suite 180 and is open seven days a week. Brunch is served Saturday – Sunday from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., lunch is served daily from 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., dinner is served Sunday – Thursday from 5:30 – 10 p.m. and Friday – Saturday from 5:30 – 11 p.m. The Den is open from 3:30 p.m. – 2 a.m. For reservations call 702-802-2480.

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