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The Las Vegas Scene: Puttin’ on the Glitz

A look at the latest hot spots for eating, drinking and relaxing on the Strip and off.

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WWDStyle issue 02/02/2011

CAVE IN
An LED sign greets patrons at the entrance to the Wynn Hotel’s newest restaurant, La Cave, reading “In vino veritas.”

Whether it’s an outrageously priced Harlan Estate Bordeaux blend from Napa Valley ($1,200 a bottle) or an affordable South African Shiraz, sommelier Rober Wright has something for anything on the modern American menu.

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Standouts from executive chef William DeMarco include roasted beets with whipped goat cheese and pistachios ($8) and Angus mini burgers with mushroom and chipotle mayo ($12).

The luxe wine-cellar vibe is accentuated by oak flooring, low yet vaulted ceilings and plenty of dark corners for late-night revelry.

La Cave Wine and Food Hideaway
3655 Las Vegas Boulevard South
702-967-4111
Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-late
wynnlasvegas.com

TOP CHEF
You may know Hubert Keller for his stints judging Bravo’s “Top Chef,” or competing in “Top Chef Masters.” Now he has reinvented his previous concept, Fleur de Lys, into its cool kid brother, Fleur by Hubert Keller.

Keller’s old favorites are there, too, including his “In the Shower” Mac and Cheese — which won him the title of Top Chef — ($14) and the famous $5,000 Fleur Burger, made with Wagyu beef, truffles and foie gras and served with a bottle of 1995 Chateau Petrus. If fine wine isn’t your jam, there are plenty of cocktails to choose from, all frozen using liquid nitrogen at your table, giving the drink the consistency of sorbet.

The massive space is partitioned so that whether you’re looking to watch the game and grab an artisanal beer or invite a group of high rollers to a private dinner, Fleur can accommodate.

Fleur by Hubert Keller
Mandalay Bay Resort
3950 Las Vegas Boulevard South
702-632-7777
Open daily, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
mandalaybay.com

DESERT REVELS
Chef José Andrés has opened the fourth branch of Jaleo, a favorite Washington, D.C., restaurant, at the new Cosmopolitan Resort.

At Jaleo (“revelry” in Spanish), diners choose from tapas-inspired dishes or paella ($18 to $24), made at the Paella Grill, which can crank out four 35-inch pans of the famous paella at a time.

Favorites include Ostra “Gin & Tonic,” which features oysters with gin and tonic, an American play on a traditional tapas dish ($12). Andrés’ famous Sangria ($29 for a carafe) is on the menu along with the Clara, a mix of beer and lemonade ($9 a glass).

Jaleo
3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South, 3rd floor
702-698-7950
Sunday-Thursday, 5-11 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 5 p.m.-midnight
jaleo.com

NEAR EAST
The Spa at the new Mandarin Oriental Hotel comes with some impressive credentials: It earned both AAA five-diamond and Forbes five-star ratings. From the treatments down to the uniforms of the staff (designed by Vivienne Tam), every detail has been carefully planned to make the experience live up to its hype. The decor is focused around the opulence of Thirties Shanghai and the intermingling of East and West.

Visitors are greeted with tea and encouraged to take advantage of the various facilities. In fact, the Spa asks that guests arrive 45 minutes prior to treatment time so they can take a dip in the plunge pool, relax in the steam room or take in the spectacular views from the Laconium Room, featuring temperature-controlled chairs.

Treatments include the Luminescence Massage and Body Treatment ($250), which uses pearl powder to give a body glow, while the Mahjong Balance ($375) uses the power of pressure points and energy centers to relax the body.

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Hotel
3752 Las Vegas Boulevard South
702-590-8886
Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.,
Friday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
mandarinoriental.com/lasvegas

LEAP YEAR
To celebrate the Year of the Rabbit, the Bellagio has themed its Conservatory & Botanical Gardens to fete all things Chinese, designed according to the principles of feng shui, routing bad energy out of the space and harnessing the good.

The main attraction is six of the famed terra-cotta warriors (and horse-drawn carriage), excavated from the massive tomb of Emperor Qin in 210 B.C. The whole garden is meant to express luck and prosperity in the New Year.

Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South
702-693-7111
Open 24 hours daily
bellagio.com

CHILL OUT
The idea of wearing a parka, gloves and a hat in Las Vegas is like telling visitors to the North Pole to pack flip-flops. But at Minus5, the newest bar at the Monte Carlo Resort, these accessories are essentials in the ice-encased bar. Everything in the bar — tables, chairs, walls, sculptures and ceiling — is made from Canadian ice. Ice couches are covered in deerskin, and guests are outfitted with parkas, gloves and boots. Even the drinks — vodka-based cocktails — are served in glasses made of ice. The temperature is kept at minus 5 degrees Celsius, or 23 degrees Fahrenheit, providing a place to chill out after a day in the sun.

Minus5 Ice Bar
3770 Las Vegas Boulevard South
702-643-7800
Open daily, 4 p.m.-1 a.m.
minus5experience.com

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