Tropical Fantasy -- It sounds like something Ricardo Montalban gives to his guests as they get off "da plane, da plane!" at Fantasy Island.
But you can indulge in the Tropical Fantasy with only a quick walk through the Palazzo lobby to Zine Noodles Dim Sum restaurant.
The Tropical Fantasy is a deliciously rich drink filled with mango, papaya and tapioca, and served with an extra-wide straw. Not only is it fun to drink, but the Tropical Fantasy is good both for dessert and a refreshing, cooling accompaniment to your meal.
Zine Noodles Dim Sum restaurant is a truly unique dining experience in the Palazzo. In fact, Zine stands apart from other restaurants on The Las Vegas Strip in several ways.
The restaurant offers traditional dim sum dishes, and is one of the only restaurants on the Strip to do so.
Zine also introduces high-end Chinese cuisine to the Las Vegas crowd, and does so in a friendly, unobtrusive way. The restaurant tries to offer dishes that are not only for their large Asian clientele. Zine takes into consideration their European and American guests who wish to try authentic Chinese cuisine that is also comparable to American cuisine.
Zine's impeccable menu comes from Chef Simon To. With over 30 years of experience, Chef To brings both authenticity and a signature taste to Zine. Responsible for the excellent service are Ken Wong, executive director of the distinguished Paiza Club and K.L.Wong, general manager of Zine.
The servers keep your glasses filled, deliver the food hot, and don't interrupt your conversation with your fellow diners. They are present when needed and make themselves scarce when they're not -- a rare quality in a town full of hovering wait-staff. One quality that most people will appreciate is the server will review the menu with guests and answer any questions they might have.
Dishes should be shared family-style, but admittedly, it's hard to share. Everything at Jade is delicious, fresh and made with great care with high-quality ingredients.
Start with an appetizer like steamed shrimp dumplings or a soup, like Jade's hot and sour soup. Tender Chinese marinated duck with vinegar and garlic and poke with shrimp are other good options.
Enjoy other dishes such as pan-fried pork dumplings, vegetable spring rolls and crispy deep-fried tofu. Soups include braised pig's flore, shank noodle, Szechuan-style beef noodle and shredded chicken and dumpling noodle. Chef's specials like walnut prawns, kung pao chicken and honey-glazed short ribs in black pepper sauce are sure to delight the palate.
The Singapore style noodles, baby bok choi with fish and variety of congee are all done to perfection.
Fuzhou fried rice is creamy and smooth. Beef tenderloin, tender chunks of beef marinated in garlic is served with a black pepper sauce.
Zine is both extravagant and comfortable in decor with its contemporary high-end ambience.
Private dining is available in one of several dining rooms, filled with elegant china and a flat screen television. Direct access to the baccarat room and lounge is available.
If you're a party of one, there is an illuminated onyx dining bar available in the back of the restaurant.
Zine delivers not only great food and service, it also is a complete dining experience. An experience where you can travel through different regions and cities of China through food. To be in a casino and momentarily forget you're in Vegas, is a compliment indeed.
-- Review By Nikki Neu