There I said it. Twice.
I blame the concept. And the location.
Not that the concept isn’t any good. It’s great. It’s just that pitching elevated Japanese/Asian street food to the throngs who stream past the Monte Carlo hotel everyday (from a practically hidden location) is like facing the nastiest curve ball in MLB with two strikes already against you.
Those slack-jawed hordes are looking for shitty Mexican food, bad pizza and cheap beer, not the beauteous bao pictured above, righteous ramen, house-made pickles and kimchi fried rice:
….each of which is worth a trip all by themselves.
Matthias Merges’ gem deserves to be in our 50 Essential Restaurants because it does this type of food better than anyone. It’s a bloody shame it gets ignored by locals too timid to brave the craziness of the Strip to find it.
A bloody shame.
In the Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino