An advertisement for Tao Las Vegas shows a woman’s naked back with Asian symbols tattooed from her neck to her buttocks with the words: Always a happy ending. Sensual, enticing, and amusing; much like our dining experience at Tao located in the Venetian Hotel.
Warm hues of orange, red, brown and lighted candles seduce the senses as you enter Tao where a 16ft Budda surrounded by a pool of Japanese carp happily awaits you in the dining area.
Tao Restaurant has a mouth watering menu that challenges your decision making capabilities.
Sushi & Sashimi
Tao Las Vegas is a great destination for sushi lovers. Executive Sushi Chef Koji Noda has selections of sushi and sashimi that includes everything from Ika (squid) to Miru Gai (giant clam). There is a list of Special Dishes such as yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno and pozu sauce and Special Rolls; crispy soft shell crab and shiso roll with yuzu mayonnaise.
The wine list had a very extensive list of Sake and offered several different flights of Sake, which is a great way to do a tasting.
Tao has a large selection of small plates that is a fun way to sample many dishes and share with friends. We loved the Satay of Chilean Sea Bass with Wok Roasted Asparagus and the Kobe Tartare Tempura.
As our main dishes we had the Soy Ginger Glazed Salmon with Udon Noodles and Spinach along with the Wok Seared New York Sirloin with Shitake Mushrooms and Szechwan Potatoes. Both dishes were superb. The Salmon is one of the best I’ve ever had. Kudos to Mark Andelbrant Executive Chef.
We had the White Chocolate Mango Rice Pudding Brulee with Ginger Ice Cream. I love that the Chef started with a simple dessert like rice pudding and took it to a whole new level. Super yummy delish!
No meal at an Asian restaurant would be complete without the traditional fortune cookie. My fortune read: A woman’s sexual appetite is twice that of a man’s; her sexual desire, four times; her intelligence eight times. My husband’s fortune read: There is no sex in the Champagne Room.* These are the two most insightful fortunes I have ever read. A very wise people those fortune cookie writers.
* In case you don’t understand the “no sex in the Champagne Room”, it refers to “Strip Clubs” where the dancers will often try to get you to pay quite a bit more for a lap dance in the “Champagne Room” that is more private. Guys, especially those I like to call Strip Club virgins, think they are going to have sex with the dancers and are disappointed to find it’s just a longer version of the same lap dance they could’ve had for half the money.
Dinner at Tao Las Vegas was a great experience. The food was delicious, the atmosphere beautiful, and our server Shauna, was knowledgable and was very helpful in guiding us through the menu. Excellent service. The best way to enjoy Tao is with a group, so you can share many dishes.
Tao has two locations, the original is in Manhattan at 42 East 58th St. Tao also has an amazing nightclub on the third floor of the restaurant location in Las Vegas and there’s a day club; Tao Beach for some poolside party fun in the sun.