Before you ask us what it’s called, let’s get it out of the way. Chef Kenny’s newest vegan restaurant is called Chef Kenny’s Asian Vegan Restaurant. Simple, easy, to-the-point, eh?
If you aren’t familiar with Chef Kenny Chye, here’s a quick back story. The popular chef catapulted Veggie House to the top of the vegan dining scene with his eerily spot-on recreations of meaty dishes from the pages of Chinese restaurant menus around the globe. Ask any vegan in town, and chances are they know — and sing the praises — of Veggie House.
In September 2016, Chye opened Las Vegas’ first vegan fast food and drive-thru spot, Vege-Way. After testing out some of his vegan fast food eats like the burger (oh my goodness, that burger!), Vege-Way also rose to vegan fame thanks to Chye’s mock meat dishes and milkshakes that made us all wonder whether or not we were being duped. Editor’s Note: we weren’t. And, the shakes here are better than any dairy shake we’ve ever had.
Then, in 2017, amidst talks of opening another vegan restaurant on The Strip, Chye and Veggie House parted ways, leaving the popular chef to focus all of his efforts on the S. Jones Vege-Way (there was another location in the north, but that is now being transformed into Blinders Burgers and Brunch) and the opening of his new Spring Mountain restaurant, Chef Kenny’s Asian Vegan Restaurant. Opened in early May 2018, it adds to the ever-growing list of vegan restaurants in Las Vegas.
If you’re a fan of the Veggie House menu, rejoice because Chye has recreated it and upped the game with his vegan sushi options. The menu is large and spans everything from ramen (including gluten-free noodles) and pho to sushi, popular Chinese entrees and more.
With so many choices, it’s tough to pick just one … so we suggest bringing a pal and ordering up a few things.
The sushi options at Chef Kenny’s Asian Vegan Restaurant are the most impressive we’ve seen and include nigiri (two pieces, $6) like vegan salmon and vegan eel, as well as jackfruit and mushroom. Hand rolls are $5.95 and are offered in spicy tuna, jackfruit or eel. But, the ones we can’t get enough of are the special rolls at $11 a pop. The one everyone is going bananas over is the Rainbow Roll made with cucumber, avocado and carrots and topped with tuna, salmon, eel, tofu and eel sauce. We love the crunch roll with cucumber, avocado and crunchy mushroom and topped with eggplant, eel sauce and green sauce. Each night, there are a rotating number of the special rolls on the menu.
Chye’s specialty items include spicy crispy beef, spicy Mongolian beef, Kung Pao and Chilean Sea Bass. Salads include our top pick made with cilantro. But, the options don’t stop there. He’s also whipped up an entire section of tofu and veggie options like Yee Shang eggplant, curry veggies with tamarind sauce, salt and pepper fried tofu and other eats. There’s a section for vegan fish entrees, as well as vegan shrimp and scallops, but what is synonymous with Chye is the veggie meat section. And, if we need to get super specific, the orange chicken. There’s other Chinese staple dishes, too, like General Tsos, sweet and sour chicken and more goodness.
The vegan restaurant in Las Vegas also has noodle entrees, sizzling veggie plates and vegan ice cream and cheesecakes. In a nod to Vege-Way, Chye has also included milkshakes on the menu … in case you’ve got room.
6820 Spring Mountain Rd., Las Vegas, 89146 | 702.889.0939
Open daily: 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Closed: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. daily
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Diana Edelman is the founder of Vegans, Baby. She previously lived and worked in Thailand where she spent years working for an elephant sanctuary and has traveled around the world speaking about the realities of elephant tourism. She is a public speaker who has appeared at SEED Food + Wine, VegFest Puerto Rico, VegFest Toronto and more, a journalist and entrepreneur. Diana is also behind the Vegas Vegan Dinners at James Beard Foundation’s James Beard House.