Zine makes Top 100 Chinese Restaurants list
Recently nominated as one of the top 100 Chinese restaurants in the U.S. by Chinese News, local eatery Zine, under the leadership of Chef Simon To and located in The Palazzo, has received the accolade after having only been open for one year.
“For the longest time we sent people to Chinatown,” says Zine General Manager Ken Wong of sending their Venetian guests for authentic Chinese cuisine. “We finally decided to do our own thing,” he explains.
After having so much success with the casino’s high roller club, Piaza, which has its own restaurant, the management at The Venetian and The Palazzo decided to branch out with an eatery in the casino for all of their guests. Zine is located on the casino floor of The Palazzo and it is the only restaurant operated by the casino gaming company.
“We are not typical American-Chinese food. There is no fusion, don’t expect to find PF Chang’s here, we are not fried rice, there are no chicken bowls, we are an authentic Chinese restaurant and the only one on the Strip.”
Although Zine has over 100 menu items, Wong says “many guests just name the dish and we make it.”
But for Westerners, the team at Zine is only too happy to offer guidance. “We encourage Western guests to dine family style. In a traditional setting the head of household orders for everyone, but we encourage each of our guests to order something and all share with one another. In turn it becomes a social event, and that’s what Chinese food is all about.”
They also offer assistance in the ways of Peking duck. “We wrap the duck in pancake for our Western guests, our Asian guests usually like to do it themselves,” Wong explains. Selling between 40 to 50 Peking ducks a day at approximately $98 per duck, the team at Zine is assembling a lot of pancakes and seems to have the world famous dish down pat including the house made Hoisin sauce.
From Pan Fried Chicken Dumplings to the Juicy Dumplings drizzled with vinegar (which is almost like soup encased in a dumpling so get your napkin ready), Zine delivers an authentic Chinese experience. The restaurant’s signature dishes include Prime Beef Tenderloin with Garlic in Black Pepper Sauce. We think Chef Simon put the “tender” in tenderloin with this dish, it’s like eating filet mignon. The Baked Chilean Sea Bass with garlic tofu and cucumbers is unbelievable and just one bite makes it clear as to why this dish is the restaurant’s most popular. Finally, we tried the Honey Glazed Walnut Prawns which were stupendous as they were ever-so lightly battered so the prawns were easily showcased.
With an average check running about $30 per person, a constant stock of fresh seafood and everything made in-house from the Peking duck and barbeque to the candied, sesame walnuts used in the Honey Glazed Walnut Prawns, we can see why Zine made the Top 100 list so quickly.
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