It’s Chinese food. It’s Mexican food. It’s both. China Poblano, located inside The Cosmopolitan, is one of the resort’s vegan-friendly spots.
Fun and casual, China Poblano offers quite a few vegan eats created by famous chef José Andrés. Start off with chips and salsa/guac, lotus chips or hit up the crispy spring rolls from the Dim Sum offerings.
Salads are a plenty, and if you’re keeping it healthy, they are your pick here. With three choices — the Pamito with Hawaiian hearts of palm, grapefruit, orange, radish and avocado; the Snow Pea Leaf Salad in a sesame dressing with fresh orange, lily bulb and walnuts; and the Watermelon Radish Salad (yup, you guessed it, watermelon and radish) — any are the right selection.
If you’re craving tacos, there are a couple which can be tweaked to be vegan: Hongos with sauteed ‘shrooms, rajas and guac; Refried Beans; Taco Nopales y Queso (obvs hold the queso).
Other Mexican options include Nice but Naughty featuring wok-roasted asparagus and lotus root in a sesame sauce, Dong Bei Mushrooms in black vinegar and Wok-Roasted Chinese Long Beans. They’ve also got a fried rice dish with 21 veggies. Yup. 21.
On the Chinese side of things, there are two noodle dishes to enjoy. Our favorite (overall, on the entire menu) is the Kao Lao Lao. A classic oat noddle dish, it comes with a flavorful dipping sauce. Note: if you order only this, you will probably still be hungry. They’ve also got a chilled spicy garlic noodle dish with cold green bean noodles in a chili garlic sauce.
The Cosmopolitan, 3708 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, 89109 | 702.698.7900
Open daily: Sunday – Thursday: 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
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Diana Edelman is the founder of Vegans, Baby and has emerged as the face of plant-based dining in Las Vegas and the leading plant-based restaurant consultant in the city. She spent a decade in the travel blogging world before switching gears to work in elephant rescue in Thailand. Diana travels the world to meet chefs and try vegan food, as well as speak at events focusing on travel, tourism, veganism and entrepreneurship. She’s a partner with the prestigious James Beard Foundation and curates their Vegas Vegan Dinners at the James Beard House. Diana is also a partner with Life is Beautiful, curating the all-vegan Farm Stand.