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China Poblano by José Andrés

Seeking unique? This is it. China Poblano by José Andrés at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is an innovative concept that honors the flavors of both Mexico and China.

Inspired by the legend of La China Poblana–an Asian girl kidnapped by pirates and shipped to Mexico in the 1500’s–famed chef José Andrés crafted the creative concept of China Poblano. The breakthrough Las Vegas restaurant honors both authentic Mexican and Chinese dishes as well as brings inspired new favorites to the table. And it is important to note that this is not a fusion concept; there are essentially two separate menus that can be enjoyed side by side. Congee can be devoured next to pozole; sui mai savored alongside tacos.

The stylish setting recalls the vibrant street markets of Mexico and China. The space is colorful and bustling, where the volume level is loud and everyone feels like family. Be sure to check out China Poblano’s Dim Sum open kitchen, where diners can catch the culinary action.

The best way to savor all that China Poblano has up its sleeves is via the Chef’s Experience Tasting Menu. The nine-course offering explores both Mexican and Chinese dishes, with early favorites being China’s Sweetest Tomatoes and Young Coconut Ceviche. Chinese rice vinegar, mint and blended rock sugar pair with heirloom tomatoes, transforming a garden gem into a sweet, completely unique and utterly addicting dish. (Even if you don’t like tomatoes, give this a try.) The ceviche is another creative offering that replaces fish with young coconut, paired with avocado, teardrop pepper, onion and cilantro. Finished with coconut water and citrus juice, the Young Coconut Ceviche is a refreshing way to welcome in heartier entrees.

Young Coconut Ceviche

Featuring a whopping 20(!) seasonal vegetables, the aptly named and flavor-packed Twenty Vegetable Fried Rice is rounded out with egg and tofu. The carnitas tacos (topped with chicharrón and salsa verde cruda), sui mai and steamed dumplings are other savory standouts.

Though not the tasting menu’s featured dessert, the mango sticky rice is a must to order at the meal’s close. Chef Andrés’ surprising rendition features fresh mango, mango granita, coconut rice espuma, caramelized rice crispies, lime and an incredible, cloudlike rice cream (instead of traditional sticky rice).

Cocktails are given just as much attention at China Poblano as the dishes. The Salt Air Margarita is something special, topped with a salt foam instead of the usual salt rim. Perfect for summer is the Liaoning Union, with vodka, Ganbei baijiu, strawberry, lemon, Thai basil and lime-yuzu soda, and Mexican Gin & Tonic with elderflower, epazote, cilantro and orange.

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Twenty Vegetable Fried Rice

China Poblano by José Andrés is open Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Boulevard Tower
3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S Level 2
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Photo credit: Louiie Victa 

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