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With the beginning of the Summer Olympics in China, what better place to talk about than Mainland, a contemporary Chinese restaurant? For those of you watching those reports about the “delicacies” of mainland China including fried star fish, grilled snake, or goat lungs with red peppers, Mainland located in the Palazzo does NOT offer those items. However, Mainland focuses on China’s influence on the cuisine of neighboring regions with items such as crispy rice salad, wonton chicken crispy noodle soup, and signature smoked tofu rice noodles. For drinks, there is durian milkshake, a Soju, and Mainland Punchbowl. These dishes and drinks are not necessarily from China but do reflect the cuisine of Asia.
Also, be prepared for communal seating and bright colors which pairs the bold and complex flavors of Asian cuisine with the vivid architecture and interior design by Paris-based designer India Mahdavi, who has frequently collaborated with Jonathan Morr on his other restaurants. In fact, Morr made communal seating the place to sit in the late 1990’s with the opening of Republic in New York City and has now brought it to Las Vegas.
The décor at Mainland are circular tables and benches seating up to thirty-two people that coil. With seating for 225 people in 7500 square feet, designer Mahdavi sets large tables on black and white checkered floors, creating a striking contrast with the colorful Chinese palette of the beige, red, olive, green, and celadon tabletops. Curved columns throughout the space add a balance to a very geometric room.
As for the menu, to begin with starters, there is the Tangy Seafood Salad with crisp watercress, scallops, shrimp, squid, cashews, and cilantro-chili vinaigrette or Pork Fluff Wraps made with minced lime, peanut, ginger, collard greens, and young ginger dressing. Other starters include Grilled Chicken or Beef Skewers with a tamarind sauce and Duck Pot stickers with plum relish.
If you are into noodle soups, the Sour Coconut Fish Soup made with rice noodles, black bass, pickled green beans, galangal flower, fried shallot, and Vietnamese mint is unbelievable. Duck Soup with wheat noodles, roast duck, udon broth, scallions, cilantro, and enoki mushrooms is really tasty and there is Spicy Seafood Soup made with egg noodles, grilled shrimp, squid, and scallops, grilled corn, and watercress.
As for Noodles, the Pad Thai is incredible with rice noodles, choice of shrimp, chicken, or vegetables, smoked tofu, tamarind, egg, bean sprouts, and peanuts. Entrees include a Peanut Chicken that is not what you are used to served with wheat noodles, pickled mustard greens, soy-chili sauce, and scallions and Wok-Seared Pork served with crispy egg noodles, mustard greens, and soybean-black pepper sauce. For beef, the Braised Short Rib with lemongrass-galangal sauce, and toasted coconut rice blends tastes and textures in a way never blended before and tastes wonderful.
As for dessert, there is Fried Chocolate Ice Cream with a green tea-white chocolate sauce and Banana Fritters with vanilla ice cream, and chocolate sauce.
The drinks are refreshing with Blackberry-Banana Che, Pineapple-Guava Che, Watermelon Quencher, Strawberry Sour, Fresh Kiwi Soda and Homemade Ginger Ale.
The shakes are cool with flavors like Cardamom, Banana, Sweet Rice, and Toasted Marshmallow (which is so decadent). Alcoholic milkshakes to add a kick include Plymouth gin, yuzu; Grey Goose vodka, lychee; Montecristo spiced rum, coconut; and a variety of cocktails including Very Banana. Montecristo white rum, roasted coconut water and Jack Daniel’s, pomelo puree, Kickapoo
To try some of these unique dricks, check out Happy Hour Thursdays at Mainland from 3 – 8 p.m. with: $4 Small Dishes, ½ price Draft Beer, $5 Well Martinis, $1 Small Carafe Hot Sake
As for service, it is friendly, personable and very professional. For a place featuring a very non-traditional Asian (not American Chinese) menu, décor, service and atmosphere, Mainland is the place to enjoy.
Hours of Operation
Sunday – Thursday 11:00a.m. - 11:00p.m.
Friday & Saturday 11:00a.m. – 12:00a.m.
The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino
3325 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109