The retail juggernaut that is the 25-year-old Online forum Shops at Caesars Palace still boasts a powerful dining lineup, even if some of the most prominent dining establishments (Spago, the Palm, Il Mulino, Trevi, Joe’s, Sushi Roku) have actually been around for a long time. The next addition is something really various from the American, Italian, Mexican and Japanese food discovered at the Forum: the Slanted Door, a James Beard Acclaimed Vietnamese restaurant with a 20-plus-year history in San Francisco, will open an 8,200-square-foot area here in 2018.
Owner and executive chef Charles Phan was born in Da Lat, Vietnam, and resided in Guam as a youth prior to relocating to San Francisco with his family. After working as a clothes designer and in Silicon Valley tech scene in the ’90s, Phan pioneered a contemporary, ingredient-driven style of Vietnamese cooking in the Bay Area– and he’ll be doing something comparable on the Strip.
Despite the basic popularity of southeast Asian food from Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines, these cuisines are underrepresented on Las Vegas Boulevard. Aria has the excellent Lemongrass, Bally’s has the mainly forgotten Sea and TI has a pho spot crushed into its coffee bar. Beyond those, you can hunt through noodle bar menus for the occasional one-off dish.
Vegas food travelers (Asian or otherwise) have become familiar with heading off-Strip (mainly to Spring Mountain Roadway) to find more unique foods, which makes us question why it’s taking so long to get this things on the Boulevard. The Slanted Door will be a more than welcome addition.