Mott 32 (Las Vegas, NV) [2]

Hong Kong-based Mott 32 has been open in Las Vegas for three years. In those three years, I’ve managed to dine here twice previously. They’ve both been very good meals, but dining in a party of two limited my ability to try too much of the menu at once. I was excited to dine here in a party of seven to try a host of items – some old favorites and some new dishes. My dad has also been here a few times and led the ordering focused around a lot of the restaurant’s signature dishes. Speaking of signatures, he called ahead to preorder the whole duck, the barbecue pork, and the short rib to assure we’d be able to sample each of them.

mott32 lobster mapo

Mott 32 (Las Vegas, NV)

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. Its 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.

steak @ Carnevino

Carnevino (Las Vegas, NV) [2]

Carnevino has been a steakhouse favorite in Las Vegas since opening over ten years ago. Along with Bazaar Meat, I’ve regarded these two steakhouses as some of the best I’ve been to. This was my third visit to the restaurant, and second for my parents.

Subsequent to this meal, it was announced that Carnevino (and Batali & Bastianich’s two other restaurants in Las Vegas) would be closing at the end of July. While the restaurant tried to distance itself from Mario Batali, it couldn’t escape the fact that he was one its primary co-creators/co-owners. As such, this ended up likely being my last meal here.