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China Poblano

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WWD MAGIC Preview issue 08/09/2011


With fusion bites sweeping the worlds of fine dining and food trucks, Mexican and Chinese cuisines live together at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas. Instead of mixing the flavors and dishes of different fares, China Poblano chef José Andrés, a recent recipient of the James Beard Award, lets traditional and inventive dishes sit side-by-side.

Flavors served are complementary to the different regional dishes and can be mixed and matched for a customized dining experience.

Offerings include tacos (from $3.50 to $10 per order), fresh made guacamole ($15) and ceviches ($12 and up), as well as Chinese soups (from $9 to $22), dim sum (around $12 per order) and noodles ($9 to $22).

The inspiration was Andrés’ “personal take on the thriving street food cultures of China and Mexico.” There’s multicultural blending in the cocktail selections, too, with libations like the “cold tea for two,” a concoction of beer, green tea, lemon, tequila and Sichuan peppercorn served in a teapot for sharing ($22). The “mai Taiwan” is made with dark rum, Chinese wine, lime, velvet falernum and orgeat ($12). Classic cocktails, tequilas, mezcals, aguas frescas and imported Chinese teas, as well as beers from Mexico and China, are also available in the 130-seat dining room.

The ambience is relaxed and select dishes are ready to travel from two take-out windows — as quick as a food truck, and just as tasty.

China Poblano
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas 
3708 Las Vegas Boulevard 
Tel.: 702-698-7900
Open Monday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Friday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Brunch served Friday to Sunday until 2 p.m.

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