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Local Boy Spices Up the Strip

In Food, Out of Town on February 17, 2009 at 8:32 am

Chef Jet Tila / Wazuzu, Encore Las Vegas

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.beersushi

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.


  1. Thanks for this post. I can’t wait to try Wazuzu.

  2. I had dinner at Wazuzu a few weeks ago with a large group of friends, giving us a chance to sample about a dozen menu items. The experience was a complete delight — from the bold decor to every single appetizer, entree and dessert. And not surprisingly, Jet’s staff could not have been more attentive and hospitable. Not to be missed!

  3. I took several cooking classes from Jet while he was in LA and found him to be an excellent teacher. Thanks for the update on his newest venture! Hopefully I’ll be able to drop by his new restaurant for a meal and maybe even say hi to him.

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