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Hard Rock Hotel

4455 Paradise Rd.

Las Vegas, NV 89169

702-522-8188

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$30-$50

Sun-Thu 11:30am-10:30pm

Fri-Sat 11:30am-12am

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B+

AT A GLANCE

What is it?

An Asian fusion restaurant with a good mix of traditional and regional specialities.

Where is it?

At The Hard Rock Hotel, just east of The Strip.

What kind of food is served?

Asian specialties including wok fried noodles, rice dishes, and favorites like Kung Pao chicken and more.

What is the atmosphere like?

It's a nice room with cozy booths and lots of tables, but nothing to get too excited about.

How is the service?

Really good - very friendly and knowledgeable.

What are the prices like?

Not bad. It's more expensive than your typical Chinese take out place but the food is a lot better here.

What else do I need to know?

Check out the fun cocktail list.

What's the bottom line?

This is one of the best Asian restaurants in town.

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FULL REVIEW

The list of really good Asian restaurants in Las Vegas is sadly very short. You go to Blossom at Aria if you want an upscale experience; you go to Ping Pang Pong at Gold Coast if you want a more authentic one; and you go to Red 8 at Wynn Las Vegas if you want something in between. Fu at the Hard Rock Hotel belongs on the list for sure, crossing boundaries to be both casual and upscale, authentic and traditional, cheap and expensive.

The room is nice enough but not terribly special, tucked into a corner at the far back end of the casino. There are some cozy booths, lots of tables, and the requisite Asian decor, but nothing you're going to want to Instagram.

Instead, save your storage space for pictures of the food, which is displayed in a menu that is many pages long and features and almost paralyzing set of options. Asian tapas kick things off with some interesting dim sum style items like steamed roast pork buns and pan-Asian specialties from edamame to Japanese calamari to chilled shrimp and jellyfish. We sampled the potstickers because we're traditional that way and weren't disappointed. The spicy Thai basil minced chicken lettuce wraps were fantastic also but beware the descriptive word "spicy" in their title - they ain't kidding. Have water standing by is all I'm saying.

A variety of soups and porridges and vegetarian options segue into the provincial favorites, which includes items like eggplant with pork, preserved pork with Chinese sausage, and scallops with steamed tofu.

Wok fried noodles and rice dishes will be comforting to those looking the familiar and again cross international lines with items like Hong Kong chow mein, Pad Thai, and more. We sampled the vegetable fried rice and ate way more of it than we expected to because it was just that good.

All that and we haven't even gotten to the entrees list. Nearly two dozen options include sweet and sour pork, Korean BBQ beef short ribs, Peking duck, pan-fried scallops, and Kung Pao chicken. The grilled tenderloin comes in a delicious "Fu sauce" made of several different types of soy, ginger, and cream, giving it a wonderfully different texture and taste. We also liked the pepper beef, with big chunks of tender meat tossed with vegetables.

Short version: it was all really good.

The service was terrific - very knowledgeable about the long menu and eager to guide us to places that fit our specific tastes.

Costs are reasonable for a restaurant serving this caliber of food in a Vegas casino. Most of the starters are under $12; most soups and veggie dishes under $15; ditto most noodles and rice dishes; and the main courses mostly in the $16-$30 range.

The list of good Asian restaurants in Vegas is still too short but I'm happy to have Fu on it.

By the way, in case you are wondering, Fu means "luck" in Chinese. Sorry to disappoint.

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