Thursday, November 5, 2009

Beijing Noodle No.9: Las Vegas

Do you enjoy noodles and dumplings? If so, and you are visting Las Vegas, then you might want to visit Caesar's Palace. Tucked within the casino, you will find Beijing Noodle No.9, a very striking restaurant serving Northern Chinese cuisine. Bon Appetit magazine recently declared it as one of the Top Ten New Asian Noodle Bars in the U.S.

Executive Chef Li Yu has created an interesting menu of noodle dishes, dumplings, soups, pancakes and numerous speciality dishes such as Braised Sea Bass in Clay Pot, Sauteed Diced Beef with Macadamia Nuts, and Beijing Salt and Pepper Chicken. They also have a full bar, including a small list of Japanese Sake. An interesting aspect of their menu, is that the price for each item ends in .09.

I stopped here for lunch and was immediately struck by the decor. As you enter the restaurant, to your left you can watch while they make homemade noodles. You can see that in the photo above.

As you walk from the entrance into the dining room, you will pass huge fishtanks containing what seems to be a horde of Ryukin goldfish. The restaurant has a new, modern look and a very casual vibe. There is lots of white in the decor, making for a very bright look. Besides the tables, you can sit at a counter near the kitchen.

Chef Yu's Pork & Chive Dumplings, pan fried, (6 for $11.09) were delicious, filled with plenty of flavorful meat and spices, and the dumplings had the right consistency. They were some of the best dumplings I have had, very fresh and plump. Chef Yu's Special Beef Pancakes (2 pieces $9.09) were also fresh, plump and flavorful. The pancakes had a nice consistency to them, and were filled with plenty of meat.

I also had a bowl of the Chef's Special Handmade Noodles with Sliced Pork and Mushroom (Beijing style) ($15.09, serves 1-2). The noodles were thick, reminding me of udon noodles, and had a bit of a chewier, doughy texture, unlike thin yakisoba noodles. The sauce atop the noodles was very good, a milder gravy, and the pork pieces were tender and meaty. The mushrooms added a slight earthiness of the taste.

Service was excellent. Overall, this was a very good lunch. I really like the freshness of the food, and the flavors blended well. They were not heavy handed with the spices. I recommend this restaurant and hope you also enjoy the noodles, dumplings and rest of their food.

Beijing Noodle No.9
Caesar's Palace
3570 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV
Phone: (702) 731-7110

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1 comment:

The Wine Whore said...

Love the decor! I am always a sucker for restaurants with crazy looking stuff to feast my eyes upon.

Reminds me of a restaurant I went to in Ft. Lauderdale that had jellyfish swimming in huge wall-tanks with crazy colored lighting... borderline tacky but they pulled it off well!