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Behold Silk Road, CityCenter's First Restaurant to Open

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Here we have a look at the first restaurant in the $8.5 billion CityCenter to officially open to the public: Silk Road in the Vdara. With other CityCenter restaurants on the way in the coming days and weeks from the likes of Pierre Gagnaire, Masayoshi Takayama, Michael Mina, Julian Serrano, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and about a dozen others, the mega-development is already ultra-splashy, even by Vegas standards. As for Silk Road, the upscale interior was designed by Karim Rashid to be a "globally inspired space."

The executive chef is Martin Heierling, and though the menu (below) has a definite Mediterranean slant, the theme of the whole place is obviously centered around the trade route from southern Europe to the Far East, so there's plenty of tofu and sashimi to go along with the foie, truffles and crab you expect from a Vegas eatery.

The menu:


Silk Road’s Signature Fried Sardines Feta, Dill & Mint Filling, Saffron Aioli 15

Yellow Fin Tuna & Hiramasa Kingfish Sashimi
Rice & Pickled Cucumber Salad, Horseradish, Sashimi Dressing 18

Freshly Shucked Mystic Oysters
Pomegranate Mignonette with Citrus Peel & Black Pepper Air 14

Roasted Beet & Silken Tofu Salad
Beet Reduction, Almonds & Sheep Milk Ricotta Salata 15

Salad of Baby Arugula & Parmesan Cheese
Baby Artichokes, Pine Nuts & Spiced Dates 15

Hearts of Baby Romaine & Field Greens
Golden Cilantro Falafel, Harissa Aioli & Roasted Rabbit Loin 16

Charred Marinated Beef Carpaccio
Crisp Cheese Twinkies, Mushrooms, Dukkah & Baby Arugula 17

Katafi Crusted Shrimp
Tomato & Watermelon Salad, Ginger Preserve 18

Aromatic Chicken & Coconut Soup
Cilantro, Galangal, Tapioca, Kaffir Lime & Asian Mushrooms 14

English Pea Tortellini
Porcini Mushrooms, Squab & Foie Gras 29

Salad of Hand-Picked Snow Crab
Crispy Soy Pork, Green Mango with Salt & Pepper Tofu 21

Bintje Potato Gnocchi
Melted Comté, Gruyère & Truffles 28

Marinated Lamb
Charred Tomatoes, Parsley, Cassia & Eggplant Persian Cucumbers, & Red Pepper 36

Seasonal Shellfish
Saffron, Artichokes, Potato, Pistachio & Quince 35

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