The Cosmopolitan Hotel
3708 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Dining date: 4/29/17
Momofuku Las Vegas opened earlier this year, sure to be one of the most notable openings of 2017. This is David Chang’s first foray west of the Mississippi, a huge restaurant at the Cosmopolitan Hotel. The restaurant doesn’t duplicate any singular concept in his empire; rather, it’s a mash-up of a few of his concepts, particularly Momofuku Noodle Bar and Ssam Bar. The famous Milk Bar has also opened next door and provides the desserts for the restaurant.
We dined here for lunch, which has a very similar menu to the restaurant’s dinner service.
Yellowtail Sashimi ponzu, spring onion, radish
Pork Belly Bun hoisin, scallion, cucumber
Chicken Karaage Bun spicy mayo, pickled red onion, iceberg
Smothered Katsu Chicken bulldog sauce, cabbage, pickled shiitake
Fried Brussels Sprouts
Roasted Mussels Benton’s bacon, Momofuku furikake
Pork Ramen pork belly & shoulder, slow poached egg
The bowls of ramen were certainly hearty and bold, full of flavor. For me, they were right on the borderline of having too much going on in a bowl with seasoning that was a bit heavy-handed. The yellowtail and mussels weren’t noteworthy, but the chicken katsu was a highlight. Juicy and moist chicken thighs were fried in a crispy flaky coating for a very satisfying contrast of textures. The pork buns were also excellent, reminiscent of ones I had tried in NYC. The pork belly was very tender, slightly sweet, and very savory tucked inside a soft steamed bun.