the best asian restaurants in las vegas

Las Vegas has become a destination in itself for foodies around the globe, and it’s not leaving anyone disappointed. The best way to plan a trip to Vegas is to layout some dining options and make reservations before you visit, so you’re never wandering around the strip in search of a good bite. These five restaurants all deliver. They’re fantastic spaces serving some of the best Asian inspired cuisines in the world. You won’t leave hungry.

1. Momofuku

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Celebrity Chef David Chang has brought his unique flair to Las Vegas, and you won’t want to miss it. It draws on flavors from all over the world, but you’ll most quickly notice influences from Japan, Korea, and the USA. The restaurant sits right on the strip in the Cosmopolitan Hotel, so make a reservation if you’re stopping by on the weekend. The Duck, Fried Chicken, and Pork Belly Buns are all first-class dishes, and be sure to finish your meal with a bowl of Cereal Milk Ice Cream. You read that right. It’s exquisite.

2. Best Friend

Roy Choi’s Best Friend is home to some of the best bites in Las Vegas. The restaurant opened recently in the new Park MGM Hotel, and the food is out of this world. It has a super cool vibe and everything from the menu to the dishware is extremely Instagramable – so bring your camera and your influencer friends along with you.

Start with the Banchan sampler, then move into the Dumplings, Korean Wings, and ALL of the BBQ. Especially the Spicy Pork. The Kogi Short Rib Tacos are an absolute must as well.

3. Wing Lei

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This is where you’ll want to go for high-end Chinese dishes. Located in the Wynn, Wing Lei is the first Chinese restaurant in North America to earn a Michelin Star. They’re serving Cantonese, Shanghai and Szechuan flavors, with dishes on the menu like tableside-carved Imperial Peking duck and wok-fried Maine lobster. The Honey Glazed BBQ Spare Ribs, Washington Dungeness Crab, and Cantonese Chow Mein are standouts for us. Call ahead for large group reservations, this meal is best shared with friends.

4. Nobu

This gorgeous restaurant at Caesar’s Palace is presenting Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s high-end Japanese cuisine in all its glory. It’s the world’s largest Nobu Restaurant, but make a reservation just to be sure. Try the Yellowtail with Jalapeno, Sashimi Salad, Japanese Snapper, Rock Shrimp Tempura with Creamy Spicy Sauce, and finish your meal off with a Vanilla Miso Tart.

5. Aburiya Raku

Creative Japanese small plates are what tourists flock to Aburiya Raku for at all hours of the day. The Robata Grill menu includes impeccable bites of Chicken Thighs, Kobe Beef with Wasabi, Kurobuta Pork Cheek, Duck with Balsamic Soy Sauce, and so much more. If it soup you’re after, you can’t go wrong with the Udon Noodles with Foie Gras Egg Custard or the Grilled Rice Ball in Broth. It sounds simple, but it’s unlike anything you’ve tried before.

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Justin is a writer who travels. He's the Editor-in-chief of Travel Magazine and a contributor to Fast Company and Business Insider. His favorite country is South Africa, and his favorite cuisine is Indian. Justin has been traveling the world extensively for the past decade as the former Director of Business Development at Maupintour. He's conquered the tallest bungee jump in the world (Bloukrans Bridge, South Africa), sky-dived in Miami, white-water rafted the Pacuare River in Costa Rica, chased the Northern Lights by dog sled in Northern Norway, and game trekked in the Masai Mara. His last trip was to Vietnam, and his next trip is to Italy.

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