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This is not your same old, tedious Thai

Weera Thai, opened a couple of months ago, and occupies the same space that used to house Royal Thai — smack in the middle of one of those time-worn, seen-better-days shopping malls lining West Sahara near Valley View. Most of the stores here concern themselves with clothing our towns’ boundless supply of strippers, dancers, and hookers, but in between the stiletto shops, over the years, we’ve been able to find a few good things to eat amongst them. Unlike most of those businesses, though, and unlike the old Royal Thai, this one has taken the time and some money to refurbish the interior of their store — creating a warm and welcoming space that you won’t fear looking at too closely.

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Peking Duck at JASMINE

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Dining rooms don’t get much more gorgeous than Jasmine in the Bellagio. We’re told the space was originally planned for Le Cirque, but somehow it ended up as a greatest-gourmet-hits-of-southern-China spot, surrounded by windows on three sides and jutting into the Bellagio fountains, giving diners a superb view of the water show.

Equally superb is the food, and the service, all held together by Hong Kong native Chef Phillip Lo — one of the few executive chefs remaining at the hotel from when it opened twelve years ago. Twelve years ago? It seems like only a few, but as ELV always says: Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.

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