The Wheels Keep Turning
Restaurant-nightclub juggernaut celebrates its first anniversary
It took two years of planning and building for the restaurant-meets-nightclub Hakkasan to get its feet on the ground at the MGM Grand. Last April, the five-story, 80,000-square-foot venue unveiled two levels of modern Cantonese dining, a third-level lounge and two more floors of nightlife, replete with big-time names such as Tiësto, Calvin Harris and Steve Aoki stirring the dancing crowds into a frenzy. In the Hakkasan universe, Las Vegas reigns as the brand’s only outpost with both a nightclub and a restaurant.
Now the massive venue is ready to celebrate its anniversary with a heavy-hitting roster of talent manning the decks and a special menu that gives diners a chance to sample some of the most coveted dishes on the menu.
The London iteration of Hakkasan is known as a Michelin-starred destination with chef Ho Chee Boon heading up the kitchen. While 80 percent of Vegas’ menu mimics London, there are a few dishes unique to Vegas: crispy roasted duck with kumquat and mustard sauce, and a Mongolian-style beef tenderloin. Those who want to sample a variety of dishes can land a three-course specialty menu for $48 per person from 5-7 p.m. daily that includes menu items such as the only-in-Vegas Hakka steamed dim sum platter, stir-fry mushroom lettuce wraps or crispy silver cod.
Nightclub & Bar Media Group already named Hakkasan its Nightclub of the Year while Rolling Stone dubbed it one of America’s best new clubs. Club fans can celebrate those accolades Thursday, April 24, through Sunday, April 27, with spin masters U.K.-based Above & Beyond, Dutch duo Bingo Players, Calvin Harris, Rev Run and Ruckus, Tiësto and Questlove on the decks.
MGM Grand, nightclub opens at 10 p.m. Sun. & Thurs.-Fri., 9 p.m. Sat. 702.891.3838. Restaurant, 5-11 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 5 p.m.-midnight Fri.-Sat. 702.891.7888