Los Angeles native and rising star chef Jet Tila has just opened Wazuzu, an Asian bistro, at the Encore. You may know Jet as a regular on Evan Kleiman’s “Good Food” on KCRW, or perhaps you remember him from his family’s Bangkok Market—that incredible Thai food emporium on Melrose and Western where you’ll see local chefs stocking up on Asian ingredients from Thailand, as well as Vietnam, China, and Japan. So, while we were in Vegas last weekend, we stopped in for lunch and settled into an oversized white leather booth.
We started with a beer and one of the better sushi rolls I have ever tasted. Seriously! It was made with super fresh and fatty toro with scallions.
Then we had some spicy chicken and coconut soup with red and green jalapeños (definitely a standout), followed by pad thai and crispy halibut with Thai basil and green apple mango yum salad.