Lao Sze Chuan
Turns Up the Heat at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas
On September 12, Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas was feeling pretty spicy as Chef Tony Hu brought his acclaimed Lao Sze Chuan to Las Vegas for the first time. A reinvention of Hu’s popular Chicago-based restaurant, Lao Sze Chuan introduces an expansive menu of Sze Chuan cuisine as well as a selection of popular Mandarin, Cantonese, Hunan and Shanghai dishes made especially for the Palms location. A uniquely flavorful addition to the other stand-out culinary offerings on the property, Lao Sze Chuan at Palms opened with a range of inventive menu options in a completely redesigned space sure to entice both your taste buds and culinary imagination.
“Chef Tony Hu’s approach to traditional Chinese cuisine is unlike any other in Las Vegas, so we’re very excited to introduce his newest restaurant here at Palms Casino Resort,” said Alexander Schnoeller, Vice President of Food and Beverage at Palms Casino Resort. “With such a wide variety of options and an incredible atmosphere, we’re confident that Lao Sze Chuan is an experience that all of our guests will enjoy.”
Known as Chicago’s “Mayor of Chinatown,” Hu has built Lao Sze Chuan into one of the nation’s most beloved Chinese restaurants and has been honored with the MICHELIN Guide “Bib Gourmand” distinction for two consecutive years. Hu brings to the new Palms location the exceptional quality and flavors diners have come to expect from Lao Sze Chuan. His fans (both new and current) will be pleased to find a special “Customers’ Favorite Selection” menu featuring a collection of popular items from his other restaurants. Signature dishes include the famously spicy Tony’s Chicken with Three Chili, and the savory Sze Chuan Smoked Tea Duck. The restaurant also features delicious vegetarian options, like Mapo Tofu.
Hu’s menus always reflect the latest in Chinese cuisine, a result of his frequent visits to China to research culinary trends. Lao Sze Chuan features a range of new dishes developed specifically for the Palms location. Among Hu’s latest creations, you’ll find Sze Chuan Peppercorn Fish, the Famous Empress Lobster topped with dry chili, ginger, and scallions, and the Twice Cooked Pork Szechuan Style. The menu is packed with more than 200 beef, chicken, pork and seafood options including a variety of soups, dim sum, and an emphasis on hot pots, like the House Special Chicken in Hot Mini Wok, simmered bone-in for delectable flavor and brought to your table in a large, simmering pot.
Lao Sze Chuan also offers an assortment of authentic Chinese beers and specialty cocktails, nicely complementing any choice of entree. Expertly selected to enhance the flavor of each dish, the imported Chinese beer selections include TsingTao, Tiger, and Lucky Buddha. Specialty cocktails include items such as Dragon’s Eye, a delicious blend of Skyy Infusions Dragon Fruit vodka and Calamansi Juice served with dehydrated dragon fruit, as well as the exotic International Waltz, a combination of Bombay Sapphire East, Nagomi Lychee Syrup, Funkin Brazilian, and Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic.
“When creating Lao Sze Chuan at Palms, I challenged myself to experiment with new flavors, ingredients, and even a new design that all came together for a restaurant that I’m very proud of,” said Tony Hu, Founder and Executive Chef of Lao Sze Chuan. “I’m thrilled to welcome guests to my newest restaurant at Palms where they can enjoy both my newest culinary creations and the Lao Sze Chuan classics.”
Lao Sze Chuan’s stunning design creates an atmosphere that is both elegant and contemporary, blending traditional Chinese settings with a subtle, yet modern flair. The 150-seat restaurant is draped with various textiles, vibrant décor, and traditional Chinese elements. Metallic gold, bold red accents, and regal hues of purple highlight the contemporary venue, with artistic ceramic sculptures and modern, culturally inspired artwork tastefully filling the space. An imperial chandelier serves as the focal point of the restaurant, surrounded by high ceilings and open windows that showcase the action on the casino floor. Soon after opening, guests will be able to enjoy their meal in a lively outdoor environment on the spacious patio overlooking Palms Pool.
Lao Sze Chuan, located on the east end of the casino, is open daily, Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to midnight, and Friday through Saturday from 11 to 2 a.m. The restaurant serves dim sum from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. For reservations or additional information, please visit their website at www.palms.com or call 702-990-8888. So pack your bags, grab your chopsticks, and we’ll meet you at the Palms!