Mott 32 (Las Vegas, NV)
3325 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Dining date: 9/25/21
Mott 32, a Chinese concept based in Hong Kong, opened at the Palazzo in 2019. There are a handful of locations across the world serving a refined take on the cuisine. The restaurant’s most famous dish is probably its Peking duck – aged 48 hours and smoked in apple wood, but there are a number of other signature items like its char siu, a lobster mapo tofu, and a triple-cooked wagyu short rib.
On my last visit, I tried the awesome Peking duck, but wanted to try a few different items on this occasion.
Traditional Iberico Pork Shanghainese Soup Dumplings
Crispy Sugar Coated BBQ Iberico Pork Bun
Shredded Peking Duck, Mushroom Spring Roll
Signature Lobster “Ma Po Tofu”
Poached Fish Fillet Szechuan Pepper Broth
Free Range Chicken, Dried Shallots, Black Bean Sauce
Stir Fried Shanghainese Noodle
The food at Mott32 was excellent – the food is on the pricier side, but it’s worth it. The restaurant has an ability to execute relatively simple dishes at a high level, and it’s not just relying on adding caviar or truffles or foie gras to a dish. The soup dumplings, its skin a little bit on the thicker side, was packed with juice and flavor. The BBQ pork buns had a crispy sweet crust that paired well with the savory pork filling. The lobster mapo tofu was a sight to behold, and featured small chunks of the sweet shellfish mixed in with the tofu, bathed in a spicy sauce. And the poached fish in Szechuan pepper broth was another highlight, packed with fillets in a very aromatic (but not very spicy) broth.
The restaurant’s location on the casino floor did impact the overall experience, however. The constant jingle of the slot machines was unmistakable, and cigarette smoke was constantly competing with the aromas of the food. There is another dining room further into the interior of the restaurant and I would request that next time.
And, in addition, while service was attentive, the meal seemed a bit rushed. The seven dishes we ordered came in two quick waves and we ended up being in-and-out in under 90 minutes. For the price point and to really enjoy the food, I would’ve appreciated a meal that was more relaxed and coursed out more thoughtfully. All in all, I’d return here though.