Over the past few years, pricey, traditional, high-end Chinese restaurants have become de rigueur in Las Vegas’ most exclusive resorts -- a nod to the Asian high-rollers courted by their VIP casino hosts. Wynn Las Vegas’ Wing Lei remains the gold standard against which they are all judged. Since opening with the resort in 2005, the restaurant has offered Cantonese, Shanghai and Szechuan dishes worthy of Wynn’s sophisticated international clientele, in a room that is among the most beautiful to be found in the five-star, five-diamond resort.
The dining room is bathed in shades of orange and gold, with bursts of jade throughout. Through the windows, a massive golden dragon statue rules over a garden of century-old pomegranate trees. It all comes together to create one of the most elegant settings imaginable for enjoying signature dishes such as Imperial Peking Duck and wok-fried Maine lobster. No wonder Wing Lei was the first Chinese restaurant in the U.S. to be awarded a Michelin star.