Courtesy Casino MonteLago
Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 | 2 a.m.
The Mediterranean-themed Lake Las Vegas now includes an Asian restaurant.
The new restaurant, Xing, provides the first Asian food available at the master planned community in Henderson near Lake Mead.
Xing is part of the turnaround of the financially troubled development. The Ritz-Carlton there closed in May 2010, but reopened in February as Ravella. The Casino MonteLargo closed in March 2010, but reopened in May.
After reopening the casino, the new operator, Intrepid Gaming, closed the old Black Pepper Grill in the Village about a month ago, did a quick makeover and opened Xing in its place last week.
“We went in a very short amount of time, cleaned the place out, redecorated it, pulled all the equipment out and really started from the ground,” said Jon Berkley, the CEO of Intrepid Gaming.
It’s actually the third restaurant in the location, which was first the Como Steakhouse.
“We really felt there was nothing at Lake Las Vegas that encompassed this genre of food and we’re going to have some fun with it,” Berkley said.
The restaurant is decorated with unique art from China, including bronze dragons and 5-foot carved wooden fish. There are “some beautiful pieces we were able to bring in that kind of make the place pop,” Berkley said.
But the Asian bistro is still designed to be casual and comfortable, he said, with food at affordable prices.
“We’re all in a place today where we’re looking for a good meal at a fair price,” he said.
The average appetizer costs $3.95, while entries average $7.95, Berkley said.
Berkley said residents in the area seem happy with the new Asian offering.
“The response to the food and the menu and especially the price points, its all been very positive,” he said.
The restaurant has a core menu of traditional Chinese food, but will also rotate through some special menu items based on current festivals from different parts of Asia.
It also has a large private dining area to host special events and large parties up to 125 people.
Xing, at 10 Via Brianza in the Village, is open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays. Takeout orders and reservations can be placed at 667-7777.