The op­u­lent and the brash meet in Las Ve­gas.

The op­u­lent and the brash meet a vi­brant restau­rant scene in Sin City. Don’t miss a trick, writes

Gourmet Traveller (Australia) - - Contents - ROB McFARLAND.

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Ab­sinthe This colour­ful re­cre­ation of an old-school Euro­pean circus show deftly com­bines dare­devil ac­ro­bat­ics with cabaret, bur­lesque and salacious com­edy. Staged in a spiegel­tent out­side Cae­sars Palace, it’s a bawdy al­ter­na­tive to the more clean-cut Cirque du Soleil pro­duc­tions. The equally out­ra­geous sci-fi show, Opium, opened in March at The Cos­mopoli­tan. spiegel­world.com

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Vdara Lo­cated be­tween the more os­ten­ta­tious Aria Re­sort & Casino and the Bel­la­gio, this all-suite non-gam­ing ho­tel of­fers wel­come respite from the clam­our of the Strip. Its 1,495 suites have liv­ing ar­eas, well-equipped kitchens and spa­cious bath­rooms. It also has a rooftop pool, a spa fea­tur­ing ESPA treat­ments and a free tram to neigh­bour­ing ho­tels. 2600 W Har­mon Ave, vdara.com

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China Tang The first US out­post of the Tang dy­nasty’s restau­rant group (also in Lon­don and Hong Kong) opened at the MGM Grand ear­lier this year. Like its older it­er­a­tions, China Tang (above) of­fers up­scale Can­tonese and Sichuanese fare and evokes the glam­our of a 1930s sup­per club. Sig­na­ture dishes in­clude Pek­ing duck and a whole chicken baked in clay that’s set alight and ham­mered open at the ta­ble. Ex­pect noodlepulling demon­stra­tions and live mu­sic be­tween cour­ses. 3799 S Las Ve­gas Blvd, mg­m­grand.com

Carson Kitchen Set in a for­mer 1950s mo­tel in Down­town’s emerg­ing Fre­mont East District, this laid-back eatery serves re­fined com­fort food from an open kitchen. Start with a cock­tail in the court­yard or rooftop bar; fol­low up with dishes such as chicken skins with smoked honey, and dev­illed eggs topped with pancetta and caviar. 124 S 6th St, car­son­kitchen.com

Pronto by Gi­ada The lat­est ven­ture by TV chef Gi­ada De Lau­ren­tiis plugs the gap in Ve­gas for a stylish and af­ford­able café and take­away. Lo­cated in­side Cae­sars Palace, Pronto serves panini, pas­tries and spe­cial­ity brews by Counter Cul­ture Cof­fee. High­lights in­clude le­mon-ri­cotta cook­ies and grape­fruit-Aperol sor­bet. The chef’s fine diner, Gi­ada, is nearby in The Cromwell bou­tique ho­tel. 3570 S Las Ve­gas Blvd, cae­sars.com

Run­ning out of Ruinart will never be a prob­lem at The Palazzo’s Rosina. This Art Deco-style cock­tail bar, fur­nished with crys­tal chan­de­liers and vel­vet ban­quettes, has ta­ble­side Cham­pagne call but­tons.

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