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Growing appetite for Asian cuisine in Las Vegas


12-22-2016 01:05 BJT

More and more Asian tourists are flocking to Las Vegas and the city's restaurants are taking the hint. Sin City is seeing a boom in Asian-influenced eating and some restaurants are even offering dance shows and other entertainment to stand out from the crowd.

These sushi chefs are hard at work to satisfy appetites at one of Las Vegas' top Asian-themed nightspots.

This restaurant offers a high-energy dining and entertainment experience, which the venue claims is the first of its kind.

The 15,000 square foot multi-floor space pulses with dance music and disco lights. Wait staff double as professional dancers, breaking into highly choreographed vignettes throughout the night.

Sake Rok is riding a wave of enthusiasm in Las Vegas for all things Asian.

More and more Asian tourists are flocking to Sin City each year according to local authorities, and restauranteurs are taking notice.

And Sake Rok is appealing to diners who want more than just a meal.

"For us, what we really wanted to create was entertainment-dining. We wanted to make it fun. We wanted to have the atmosphere and be something that everyone wanted to be a part of. The Asian influence is wonderful because what you get is, people want to experiment and try something new. They also want to have something that is comfortable as well, and Asian you get, you can run the gamut. We offer an opportunity for people to actually come together as a table instead of everybody ordering by themselves, you order for the table," said Albert Mack, owner of Sake Rok.

Caesars Palace is one of Las Vegas's best known luxury casino hotels.

It, too, is getting in on the act, launching a joint venture with Chinese fine dining restaurant chain Mr Chow to cater to growing numbers of Asian visitors.
"We're seeing a lot of these restaurants, a lot of fresh seafood, a lot of live seafood, a lot of rare and exclusive ingredients, hard to find wines, hard to find cuts of steak and seafood. They also pay a lot of attention to environment and a lot of guests are drawn to a more social setting. We are also seeing a lot of our guests coming in larger groups. Less two tops, more large tables, so a lot of these restaurants are well designed for private parties, large groups. Mr Chow is a great example of that," said Cory Johnson, Caesars Palace.

Mr Chow also draws in diners for another nightly spectacle called the Handmade Noodle Show.

A chef takes a big chunk of noodle dough and turns it into fine noodles for the following night's meals in just a matter of minutes.

The crowd snaps photos as they watch. It's all part of the trend at the city's Asian restaurants to attract diners with more than just fine food.

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