Powerhouse Line-Up Of Chefs & Restaurants Introduced At SLS Las Vegas

A dazzling portfolio of food and beverage venues have been introduced by SLS Hotels’ Culinary Director, world-renowned chef José Andrés, at SLS Las Vegas opening on Aug. 23, 2014. You’ll find a creative mix of distinctly new restaurants making their grand debuts, alongside critically acclaimed favorites reimagined exclusively for The Strip—all accompanied by sbe’s award-winning beverage and mixology program.

Jose Andres Introduces Restaurants At SLS Las Vegas

SLS Las Vegas Hotel
SLS Las Vegas Hotel

Add imaginative design work from renowned designer Philippe Starck in collaboration with Gensler Architects, and SLS Las Vegas provides guests with an experience like no other.

SLS Las Vegas: A Game Changing Collaboration With Philippe Starck & Gensler Architects

Andres is unveiling two brand new restaurants at the resort. Bazaar Meat by José Andrés is the third incarnation of the award-winning Bazaar dining concept and is unlike any that have come before it. A lavish celebration of all things carnivorous, Bazaar Meat is located just off the main floor of SLS Las Vegas and is open nightly for dinner.

Bazaar Meat at SLS Las Vegas
Bazaar Meat At SLS Las Vegas

At the heart of the expansive 335-seat restaurant are its show-stopping, wood-and-charcoal-fired grills and ovens, whose sights, sounds and aromas greet guests from the open kitchen the moment they step inside. The menu is made for sharing and exploring, with whole suckling pigs; exquisite cuts of beef, pork, fish and poultry, and an assortment of wild game and offal.

Meat continues to be showcased in its purest form with a tartare bar and a variety of carpaccios and cured meats. And not to be missed are the bountiful raw seafood bar offerings and selection of caviars.

Rounding out the menu are sections dedicated to signature Bazaar tapas and Andrés’ innovative takes on seasonal vegetables and potatoes. Guests can pair dishes with an expansive selection of more than 600 wines and, in true Bazaar fashion, a cutting-edge cocktail program also complements.

Bazaar Meat is set upon a carpet emblazoned with an image of a butcher’s diagram of an entire cow, and has quite possibly the world’s longest table running nearly the entire length of its dining room.

Complementing the stunning dining room is Bar Centro, a chic setting for cocktails and small bites. Adjacent to the resort’s signature restaurant is Bazaar Casino, Las Vegas’ only casino branded by a James Beard Award-winning chef. Fusing gaming with innovative cuisine, guests can try their hand at blackjack and roulette tables, grab a cocktail at the dedicated bar or lounge and enjoy a selection of signature José Andrés dishes at nearby dining tables.

Hearty and soul-satisfying, Ku Noodle is Andrés’ homage to Asian cuisine. Located between the main lobby and casino floor, this casual eatery showcases the artistry of hand-pulled and cut noodles.

Guests can catch a glimpse of the magic of these generations-old methods of noodle making through a window looking in from the casino, and can take in the full spectacle of the open kitchen from the restaurant’s 103-seat dining room. Open daily from 11 a.m. to midnight, Ku Noodle is the ideal spot for a quick bite, delicious lunch or late-night feast.

Its menu consists of an array of noodles, soups, siu mai, rice, vegetables and salads. Taiwanese-style shaved ice is offered for dessert, which can be customized with a selection of toppings and sauces. Accenting the bright white space are hanging Chinese newspapers on the walls and two panels of Asian-inspired floral chalk art.

Adjacent Ku Noodle is The Griddle Cafe, which debuts its first-ever location outside of Los Angeles. Often described as the “Disneyland of Breakfast,” the casual restaurant is the brainchild of its founder and chef, Jodi Hortze, whose menu of creative, often whimsical, savory and sweet takes on breakfast and comfort food classics has reached legendary status.

Open 24/7, The Griddle Cafe serves breakfast all day, with a menu featuring a wide selection of egg dishes, pancakes and French toasts. Additionally, there are a variety of specialty sandwiches, salads and burgers available, as well as a taco menu. Also making its way to Las Vegas is the infamous “Liquid Diet” menu with “Boozy Pitchers” to share, along with “panCAKE Boozy Shakes,” “Drunken Floats” and other handcrafted cocktails. Similar to the Sunset Boulevard original, the 164-seat eatery features an open kitchen and horseshoe-shaped bar.

Cleo at SLS Las Vegas
Cleo At SLS Las Vegas

Across the casino floor guests are lured into Cleo immediately encountering its striking pyramid-shaped entrance, replete with a 14-foot image of Cleopatra, the restaurant’s namesake. Inside the 182-seat restaurant, a dramatic pitched roof, marble counters, green and white tiles and custom chandeliers create warm, elegant environs.

An open kitchen and brick-covered wood-burning oven is at Cleo’s heart, and it’s from here that Chef Danny Elmaleh plies his craft, churning out a contemporary Mediterranean shared-plates menu of mezze, tagines and flatbreads. Elmaleh has kept many beloved dishes that are familiar to those who frequent Cleo’s acclaimed Hollywood outpost, while also adding new menu items completely unique to Las Vegas. To pair with the menu is an award-winning mixology program. Cleo is open for dinner nightly.

KATSUYA by Starck

Acclaimed Japanese standout Katsuya by Starck neighbors Cleo and delivers a true feast for the senses courtesy of Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi and design impresario Philippe Starck. Katsuya serves dinner nightly and features a menu loaded with signature offerings of artfully crafted sushi and sashimi platters, rolls, robata and specialty cocktails.

The 175-seat restaurant features its iconic design elements familiar the world over—a “bento box” floor plan, evocative geisha imagery, natural Japanese ash wood, flashes of neon color and oversized images of samurai helmets.

A Look Inside 800 Degrees With
Founder Anthony Carron

Next to Katsuya is 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria. 800 Degrees honors Old World tradition with an ingredient-focused menu of Neapolitan pizzas featuring California-grown tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and handcrafted crusts made with flour from the ancient Molino San Felice in Naples.

To order, guests can choose from a selection of Chef Anthony Carron’s favorites or they can customize their own pie with more than 40 different fresh toppings from which they can choose. Pizzas are made fresh to order and baked in just 60 to 90 seconds in the restaurant’s 800-degree wood-burning ovens.

Design elements in the 72-seat casual space include intricate chalk art and images of paparazzi surrounding a red high-heeled shoe. Serving daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.,

A short walk over on the casino floor is the perfect place for sports viewing and betting: Umami Burger, Beer Garden & Sports Book. Named “Burger of the Year” by GQ Magazine, Umami Burger has a devoted cult following among food lovers around the world.

Umami Burger focuses on savory flavors and exceptional hospitality. It produces all of its own condiments, cheeses and grinds its meat in-house throughout the day. All of the beef burgers are made with hand-ground, hand-formed premium steak.

The result is a sophisticated, tightly edited selection of burgers, sides and accompaniments like The Manly Burger, The Truffle Burger and Cheesy Tots.

Umami Burger at SLS Las Vegas serves more than 35 craft beers, which can be enjoyed in the restaurant’s outdoor Beer Garden overlooking The Strip. Also featured in the 281-seat restaurant is a sports book operated by William Hill, complete with a 120-square-foot, high-definition video wall. This one-of-a-kind venue features live InPlay wagering, and more than 50 TVs and open daily until 2 a.m.

On the resort’s Mezzanine level, guests will find The SLS Buffet, open daily for breakfast and dinner, as well as weekend brunch. Here SLS Las Vegas’ Director of Culinary Operations, Chef Luke Forzano, fashions a true showcase of global cuisine comprised of an enlivening selection of flavorful, seasonal, house-made fare with dining options including Chinese, Japanese, Wood-Grilled, Indian, Mediterranean and Seafood.

Expect to see everything from Peking duck to pastas to steakhouse classics, and beyond. For something sweet, The SLS Buffet offers up a selection of treats including donuts, gelatos, a crepe station and decadent cake “shooters.”

Additionally, the buffet has its own select cocktail menu carefully crafted to pair with the variety of cuisines, and brunch features a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar. The setting for the buffet conjures a chic, rustic cabin. Aged wooden bookshelves line walls, elaborate antler chandeliers hang from pitched ceilings and fireplaces spread throughout the space make for a relaxing atmosphere.

Rounding out SLS Las Vegas’ dining venues is The Perq. Located adjacent to guest registration, this European-inspired café is open daily 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and is perfect for guests looking for a quick, bite or beverage. In collaboration with LAMILL Coffee, The Perq offers the acclaimed LA-based specialty roaster’s gourmet coffee and tea.

Its menu features a selection of house-made, artisanal fare including fresh salads, panini, quiches, sweet and savory pastries and gelato.

SLS Las Vegas boutique hotel also plies guests with plenty of refreshing libations. Monkey Bar, the resort’s signature lobby bar, is the perfect spot to unwind before or after a night out. Intimate and always inviting, Monkey Bar serves up a list of classic cocktails and an extensive selection of craft beer with an outside terrace where where you can order premium cigars.

As its name implies, Center Bar is situated right in the heart of all the action in the middle of the casino floor. Center Bar features innovative specialty cocktails and shots, along with popular domestic and international brews. A captivating LED fixture hangs above the bar, enhancing its prime location. Center Bar is open 24/7; Monkey Bar’s hours are 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. Photo credit: Courtesy

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