Highlights here during my stay at Park MGM are definitely the food — large, fresh portions, amazingly addicting meats and kimchi fried rice. I would certainly come back here even on my own dime, and enjoy their food again! Great reminiscing about my former life as a student waiting to try the Kogi trucks that were all the rage back then. My standard restaurant reviews include a breakdown by the following topics. Feel free to skip to whichever section you find most interesting. Sponsored — this restaurant review is sponsored by the establishment and property in general.
Now entering Los Vegas
Licking your fingers for those last tangy morsels of short rib tacos. Talking over DJs spinning hip-hop with a mouth full of sticky rice and kimchi. Since opening at the end of December, Best Friend has been delivering the laid-back culinary attitude of LA served with all the bells and whistles that come with a coveted Vegas location. That exact feeling? Throughout Los Angeles, loading docks and even alleyway garage sales pose as unassuming gateways to the best secret clubs and bars in the city.
For chef Roy Choi, Los Angeles is more than just home. Soon, he'll be hosting a new public television series called Broken Bread , about conscious cooking and community building. The interior dining room features murals with famous faces, and hanging plants that are a nod to Choi's former L. But it's his latest restaurant, Best Friend—in Las Vegas , fittingly—that may be his biggest production yet. Take the entrance alone: it resembles a neighborhood liquor store, but is Vegas-ified with neon signs one says Free Smells and a dizzying array of colors. You'll first enter a small shop—with ample neon-colored merchandise for sale—before walking through not one, but two, sets of bright vinyl curtains, like the ones typically found in a meat refrigerator, before finding yourself in an expansive restaurant. There are murals featuring celebrities, hanging plants a nod to the old greenhouse locale of Commissary , black and white photography on the walls, and a DJ booth. The servers walk around in 80s-style bright green tracksuits, and at the back is an open kitchen, where you'll find Choi a few times a week. His greatest hits are on the menu here, along with some that were clearly created for the Vegas experience—like caviar tostadas. Choi spoke to Traveler about the new restaurant, his love for Las Vegas, and and his tried-and-true hangover cure.
We all loved it! From the dj playing the latest tunes to the servers in their I was excited to try Best Friend. The venue is modern, casual and fun with a live DJ keeping the place lively. The dishes on the menu sounded innovative and tasty but unfortunately failed to deliver.