The city’s premier culinary excursion company, Lip Smacking Foodie Tours, proudly introduces a unique, exquisite new dining experience at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, the hot-spot resort that just completed a $200 million renovation this spring.
The 2.5-hour prime-time evening tour takes guests to three renowned restaurants in one smooth, convenient outing. Guests never have to hassle with waits for these sought-after tables. Instead, they are seated immediately with VIP service to enjoy a carefully curated menu of three to four signature dishes at each establishment, including dessert at the final stop, for a veritable feast.
The tour, which is available nightly, is available to individuals, as well as to private groups of up to 100 guests.
The Virgin Hotels Las Vegas restaurant collection surrounds a picturesque, beachy, 5-acre pool area with soaring palm trees. While the exact lineup of restaurants visited may vary, depending upon the particular night of the week, each tour will include three of the following illustrious establishments:
- Todd English’s Olives: Celebrated chef Todd English opened the first Olives in Massachusetts in 1989 to immediate national and international acclaim for its thoughtful Mediterranean cuisine. While Olives had a successful 20-year-run at another Las Vegas resort, it has been reinvigorated with new aplomb at Virgin Hotels, where it serves classic dishes, as well as nightly specials inspired by the best seasonal ingredients. Experience the only U.S. outpost of Olives, which joins two others in the Bahamas and the United Arab Emirates.
- Night + Market: The Thai restaurant that created a buzzy sensation in Los Angeles brings its creative street food to Vegas at its only outpost outside of Southern California. Chef Kris Yenbamroong serves a dizzying array of dishes that range from traditional Thai to California-Asian mash-up, all marked by addictively bold flavors, and served against a kaleidoscope of flashy floral tabletops and vintage Bruce Lee film posters.
- Kassi Beach House: Be transported to the Italian seaside at this hip trattoria, where DJs spin tunes, the menu spotlights breezy Italian fare, and every day feels like a European holiday. A place where it’s always hard to bid, “Arrivederci,’’ it’s the first Vegas establishment by Australia-born restaurateur Nick Mathers, and comes on the heels of his success in Los Angeles and New York City.
- ONE Steakhouse: There’s never a doubt that ONE Steakhouse is an authority on the finest meat, not when it was founded by brothers Michael and David Morton, whose father Arnie Morton established the iconic Morton’s steakhouses. The two-story, 9,000-square foot luxury steakhouse specializes in stiff signature cocktails, impeccably fresh seafood, and the choicest Midwestern and Japanese beef. The interior is equally stunning, with eclectic art, and an LED light installation made up of 3,000 pieces of glass that change color through the night.
The tour is led by a professional tour guide who provides fascinating facts and lore about the sights along the way. Price is $199 per person, inclusive of gratuities. A $60 optional beverage package is available that provides one pre-selected signature cocktail at each venue. For the ultimate experience, a $100 per person Maverick Helicopter ride over the glittering lights of the city at night, complete with Champagne toast, makes for a memorable optional add-on.