Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Las Vegas

Veranda
At the swish Four Seasons on the edge of the Strip, this American-Italian restaurant has a sprawling outdoor terrace overlooking lush gardens and a private pool.
Todd English P.U.B.
Celebrity chef Todd English presents his posh take on a traditional Brit pub, albeit a trendier, significantly tastier take.
Twist
Three-star Michelin chef Pierre Gagnaire makes his U.S. debut at Twist, the 72-seat restaurant on the 23rd-floor of the Mandarin Oriental.
Wazuzu
Offering elegant, Asian-inspired eating at Wynn's Encore, Wazuzu doesn't disappoint with a wonderfully exotic menu and a jawdropping interior.
Yellowtail
Under the auspices of the Light Group, Shintaro is now Yellowtail and helmed by chef Akira Back, a former pro snowboarder who cut his teeth in the kitchens of Masaharu Morimoto and Nobu Matsuhisa.
Sinatra
Sinatra-inspired interiors act as a backdrop to inspiring Cal-Italian cuisine.
Tender Steak and Seafood
This stylish steak house, while seemingly large, maintains its intimacy thanks to the labyrinth of small rooms branching off from the cherrywood-panelled bar.
Sage
The massive restaurant, with its soaring ceilings and floor-to-ceiling Impressionist frescos, is perfect for a business dinner or romantic tryst.
Raku
Chef Mitsuo Endo, formerly of New York's Megu, opened this Japanese izakaya with little fanfare back in July 2008.
RM Seafood
New Yorker Rick Moonen was lured away from his Big Apple restaurant to open this Mandalay Bay outpost, making it one of the few places that actually has the rockstar cook working in the kitchen.
Olives
Todd English, named Bon Appétit's 2001 Restaurateur of the Year, serves up his inventive spins on Mediterranean dishes in this delightful eatery, located along Via Bellagio's arcade of shops.
Palm Restaurant
When it comes to steakhouses, The Palm is a true classic.
Picasso
This rustic yet elegant restaurant is hung with nine original Picassos (with carpet and furniture designed by the master painter's son, Claude) and has a beautiful lakeside view of the Bellagio's fountain show.
Prime Steakhouse
This Vegas addition to über-chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's culinary empire is an elegant Wedgwood blue and brown '30s-style chophouse.
Morels
A cross between next-door neighbour Bouchon (at the Venetian) and Drai's (the after-hours club at Bill's - formerly the Barbary Coast), this sultry newcomer is not your average brasserie.
MOzen
It would be easy to overlook this third-floor restaurant for Pierre Gagnaire's Twist (which sits 23 storeys up and has both stunning Strip views and a Michelin-starred chef). But don't.
Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House
Owned by TV chef Emeril Lagasse, Emeril's New Orleans Fish House combines Creaole and Cajun cuisines for a truly heady menu indeed.
Mix
When the occasion calls for a big first impression, head to Mix.
Le Cirque
If the city is a circus, then this tiny haute-cuisine French restaurant is one of the greatest (food) shows on earth.
Charlie Palmer Steak
Men who love meat and the curvaceous woman who accompany them fill the tables at Charlie Palmer Steak, where vegetarians are positively frowned upon.
BARMASA
The super-modern space of Bar Masa feels a bit like an airport hangar but, stark ambiance aside, chef Masa Takayama is serving up some of the city's most creative Japanese food.
The Artisan Hotel
In the shady stretch between the Strip and downtown, this former Travelodge has been reinvented as a Gothic-style crash pad with free in-room porn - on channel 69, naturally.
Skylofts at MGM
Like most casinos on the Strip, MGM has jumped into the high-end boutique hotel game with the Skylofts, a set of two-storey, ultra-luxury spaces (prices start at $800 per night) located on the top floors of the MGM Grand.
Must-See Museums
Encore Las Vegas
Steve Wynn knows how to build a casino, and Encore is definitely recognisable as the sister property to his first venture, the eponymously-named Wynn.
Green Valley Ranch
Green Valley Ranch is the crown jewel of the Station Casinos family, as well as the ultimate destination in Henderson, just 15 minutes and seven miles from the Strip.
Hard Rock
Feel like you've wandered onto the set of Swingers? You're definitely at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Father’s Day Treats for Hedonist Dads
Koi
The Vegas outpost of this L.A. hot spot is still low on the radar thanks to its tucked-away location on the mezzanine level of the Planet Hollywood.
Fiamma: Las Vegas Italian Fine Dining
A sheltered intimate environment away from the bustle of Las Vegas, the Fiamma offers Italian fine dining where you'd least expect it.
Talking Las Vegas Engagements with Eran Ackerman
With next month marking the beginning of “Engagement Season”, Eran Ackerman of Smartervegas.com talks Las Vegas Engagements with Hg2.

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