When you’re up for “Best New Restaurant” at a Las Vegas hotel, it’s a crowded field with plenty of competition. Las Vegas hotels are home to some of the world’s most acclaimed restaurants, after all.
Central by Michel Richard at Caesars Palace has prevailed, however, in the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s just-announced “Best of Las Vegas” awards.
We'll get to the food photos in a second. Just chill.
Central was an editorial staff pick for “Best New Restaurant (2011)” among restaurants located inside a hotel. Oscar’s at The Plaza downtown was the readers’ winner. Way to go, Hizzoner!
How’d Central win the Review-Journal’s heart? By serving up dishes that are creative and satisfying and prepared to meet exacting standards, that’s how.
Here's the Chilean sea bass. Happy?
The “Best of Vegas” awards are a combination of reader and newspaper staff selections.
When this year’s winners hit the Web, they’ll be on the official Best of Vegas site, and in the meantime, you can view all the winners here. Central’s mention appears on page 67.
The Asian tuna carpaccio. So fancy.
The “Best of Vegas” awards highlight the most outstanding (and occasionally least) Vegas hotels, restaurants, shows, attractions and nightclubs.
Glazed lamb shank. Because calling it the "shin" would just freak everybody out.
Central is the brainchild of James Beard Award-winning chef Michel Richard. Read more.
Executive Chef Todd Harrington (below) minds the store when Chef Richard is tending to his other children, Citronelle in Georgetown and Carmel, and the original Central in Washington, D.C.
Executive Chef Todd Harrington gets giddy when he talks about food. The Chilean sea bass dish above was his idea, by the way.
Chef Richard trivia: The chef was raised in Champagne. Which is probably not great for one’s liver, but this blog doesn’t judge.
Resistance is futile.
Central is unique in that it’s one of the rare fine dining restaurants on the Strip that’s open 24/7. See all the restaurant’s menu offerings here.
Also of interest: Central was also named one of the “Top 10 New Restaurants in the U.S.” by Gayot.com. When it rains, it pours! See the complete list.
Yes, there's a bar. You didn't think awards are won with food alone, did you?
Find out more about this award-winning restaurant, and congratulations to the talented team at Central restaurant inside Caesars Palace.