April 17, 2018 Celebrated Los Angeles Chef Ricardo Zarate Brings ‘Once’ to Las Vegas this Spring
Celebrated Los Angeles Chef Ricardo Zarate Brings ‘Once’ to Las Vegas this Spring
Debuting this March in the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas, Once is a one-of-a-kind Peruvian Nikkei dining experience from one of Los Angeles’ most acclaimed chefs, Ricardo Zarate. Once (on-seh), which means “eleven” in Spanish and symbolizes Zarate’s spot in his line of 13 siblings, is inspired by his earliest memories of the food of his native Peru. Blending traditional Peruvian staples with a Japanese influence, Once arrives on the world-famous Vegas Strip on the heels of Zarate’s hugely successful 2017 launch of West Hollywood restaurant Rosaliné.
THE JOURNEY: ZARATE TAKES LAS VEGAS
Born in Lima, Zarate’s name is synonymous with indigenous South American flavors. Immaculately executed and fused with his inherent passion, drive and culinary ingenuity, Zarate’s cuisine has earned him widespread critical renown and industry accolades including Food & Wine’s “Best New Chef” and four James Beard nominations.
The concept of Once grew from a successful pop-up of the same name that Chef Zarate opened in Santa Monica, Calif. in 2015, following the successful launch of his cookbook, “The Fire of Peru.” Along with Rosaliné, named in homage to his mother, with Once, Zarate furthers his personal journey and mission to introduce Peruvian cuisine to America.
THE MENU: PERUVIAN NIKKEI
Drawing distinct flavors from both Peru and Japan, along with the comforting dishes of Chef Zarate’s childhood, Once’s menu features 11 à la carte shared plates, which will rotate weekly based upon seasonal ingredients. Menu highlights at Once include Big Eye Tuna Sashimi Ceviche, with black truffle and kizami tigers milk; Arroz Chaufa,
Peruvian fried rice, snow crab, yuzu aioli and crispy calamari; Ox Tail Bibimbap, with black mint stew, tacu tacu rice, fried egg and plantains; and Nasu Panka Miso with braised eggplant, blue cheese and kiwicha.
Keeping with the numeric theme, Once’s beverage program will include 11 signature cocktails, as well as a Gin + Tonic “slushee” machine for an irreverent, Vegas-style twist on a boozy classic.
THE DESIGN: THE VEGAS STRIP GOES NATIVE
A welcoming neon green “Once” sign greets guests directly at the top of the escalators entering the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Palazzo Las Vegas, inviting them to leave the bright lights of the strip behind and unwind within Once’s simple yet rustic dining room. The interior design is a nod to native Peru, with floor-to-ceiling living plant walls complemented by dim Edison lighting throughout and seating for 160. Designed to celebrate family and friends, the patio features five large communal tables surrounded by lush greenery, evoking an outdoorsy, rural vibe.
Reservation details to follow. . . .
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