Caesars Palace has announced the opening of Beijing Noodle No. 9 – introducing to Las Vegas a mainland Chinese-style dining destination brought directly from Beijing’s sophisticated dining scene. The new casual restaurant offers China’s renowned hand-pulled noodles, authentic hand-rolled Shanghai house-made soup dumplings, Cantonese-style a la carte dim sum favorites, signature roasted and braised meats, and live-to-table seafood specialties – all served in an elegant contemporary design that suggests a stylized, sparkling bird’s nest.
Open for lunch through dinner seven days weekly, the new restaurant has been more than three years in the making, led by recently emigrated Chinese Chef Yu Li, from Beijing, and General Manager Shelley Yu, from Jilin City, China. The December 24 opening follows the Dec. 4, 2008, debut of Sea Harbour at Caesars Palace, a mainland-Chinese-style seafood restaurant The two add an exotic new dimension to the family of Caesars Palace-based restaurants that ignited, and continue to energize, a citywide culinary renaissance ranking Las Vegas among top U.S. dining cities.
“With millions of Chinese leisure visitors exploring world destinations, millions more who regularly eat Asian noodles, dim sum and similar dishes, and relatively few authentic mainland Chinese restaurants in the U.S., we knew that Beijing Noodle No. 9 would immediately appeal to a variety of Caesars Palace guests,” said Gary Selesner, president of the famed resort. “Those early plans were validated in 2008 articles in the New York Times and Wall St. Journal, both of which confirm that there is significant unmet demand for high quality, authentic mainland Chinese cuisine in U.S. cities that otherwise have an impressive complement of diverse ethnic restaurants. With December’s openings of Sea Harbour and now Beijing Noodle No. 9, Caesars Palace is privileged to offer dining destinations that celebrate China’s rich culinary arts. We have opened these restaurants with great respect for China’s culinary traditions – a sincere gesture of welcome to Chinese visitors and to all who enjoy sampling the world’s greatest cuisines.”
At Beijing Noodle No. 9, the restaurant’s menu is immediately apparent at the entrance, where a noodle-making chef’s station, offers adjoining counter seating and an up-close view of the centuries-old culinary art in action. Similarly, the restaurant has a full-view wok and appetizer kitchen, with adjoining counter seating. Each of the two open kitchens is topped by a colorful array of exotic spices and herbs. Full-menu, a la carte service is available at any of the restaurant’s 100 seats. Two of the restaurant’s abundant tables are equipped with large rotating centers for shared-plate, family-style dining. In addition to the dining room’s two showcase kitchens, a back-of-house, custom-designed seafood kitchen is equipped with fresh-water and salt-water acquaria, ensuring that seafood and live fish are prepared to perfection.
Beijing Noodle No. 9 offers an extensive menu, highlighting varied regions’ time-honored cultivation of international spices and cooking methods. In addition to its steaming noodles dishes are dim sum favorites (available a la carte), with chef specials such as: Beijing-style House-made Noodles with Sliced Pork and Mushrooms; Chef Li’s Special Beef Pancakes (filled with savory beef and herbs and seared to crisp golden brown), Steamed Scallops and Egg Noodles with Garlic; Deep-Fried Duck (twice-marinated and flash-fried to crisp the skin); Sichuan-style Mar Por Tofu (soft bean curd served with spicy minced pork); Salt & Pepper Shrimp; Beijing-Style Slow-Roasted Beef; and Braised Chicken simmered in a Clay Pot, Complementing the extensive menu are freshly squeezed watermelon, orange and carrot juices, signature Chinese cocktails and popular Asian beverages.
Entering the restaurant, guests pass graceful, ryukin goldfish swimming in six central fish tanks. The custom-designed walls arch together (softening sharp corners) and are uniquely backlit, projecting a silver-on-white contemporary bird’s nest pattern that is both stunning and inviting.
Beijing Noodle No. 9 is open seven days weekly, serving lunch through dinner from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada. Hours and menu items are subject to change. For reservations and information, phone 702.731.7731.