La Cave – Wine and Food Hideaway, is a cozy sanctuary tucked away inside the elegant Wynn Las Vegas. Whether you’re simply looking to enjoy a glass (or two) of organic or biodynamic wine in their “cellar”, a light repast beneath the “living wall” in their garden room, or a feast of small-plates in their enclosed (and climate-controlled) terrace overlooking the pool, La Cave is a perfect vegan-friendly reprieve from the bustle of the Las Vegas Strip.
Did we mention they also have an extensive list of handmade cocktails?
Chef DeMarco describes the menu at La Cave as “American small plates”, featuring “elevated” comfort foods perfectly portioned for sharing with a group or coursing-out over a relaxed evening. La Cave is a Morton Group concept, but just like every other dining outlet at Wynn Las Vegas, they have an entire vegan section on their menu, so there’s no need to decode or mix-and-match.
Start out with the White Bean and Artichoke “Crab” Cakes, served on a bed of apple and arugula salad and topped with tomato and olive tapenade. A smoky romesco sauce whisked across the plate ties all of the flavors together, making you forget there was ever a version of this dish that actually contained crustaceans.
The Sliders and Tofu Meatballs are both made using a deliciously-spiced house-made tofu “meat” that has been formed and then fried until crispy on the outside, and perfectly tender on the inside. The Sliders are stacked with caramelized onions, sweet chili sauce and arugula, and served with a cherry tomato salad on the side, while the Tofu Meatballs relax in a pool of marina sauce, topped with almond cream and micro greens.
La Cave also makes their own vegan pasta, which they toss in a lemon herb vinaigrette with broccolini, and fresh tomatoes. A perfect accompaniment to the Tofu Meatballs, the Fettuccine is bright and fresh, while still remaining humble and hearty.
A true comfort class is the Gardein Chick’n, which has been lightly breaded and served atop a savory zucchini puree, with wilted arugula, and rich lemon caper sauce.
Warm Salt-Roasted Beets are served in a small cast iron pan, topped with a house-made cashew cheese, and then garnished with chopped pistachios. The salt seals in the beets; cooking them in their own juices while perfectly seasoning them. Cashew cheese balances out their earthy-sweetness, while the pistachios add just the right amount of crunch.
Flatbreads are offered on the non-vegan menu, but since the dough that they make is vegan, they are able to prepare a flatbread pizza for you using tomatoes and seasonal vegetables such as broccolini, grilled artichoke hearts, and caramelized onions. They can also be served with cashew cheese upon request.
Although the vegan menu does not list any dessert selections, the kitchen is able to make a delicious coconut tapioca pudding topped with seasonal fresh fruit. Just ask your server what the sweet selections are for that day.
The staff at La Cave is very knowledgeable about the menu, and they very accommodating to diners with dietary priorities. In addition to their vegan menu, they also offer gluten free, and allergen-friendly options as well.
Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 S. Las Vegas Blvd., 89109, 702-770-7375, Sunday – Thursday: 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., Friday: 11:30 a.m – 10:00 p.m., Saturday: 10:30 a.m – 10:00 p.m.
Michael Monson, a former teacher turned vegan YouTuber and content creator, has been living and eating in Las Vegas for over 20 years. Michael started his vegan YouTube channel, “Monson Made This” in 2017 as a way to give back and help grow the online vegan community that helped make his transition to a vegan lifestyle so much easier. When he’s not developing vegan versions of his favorite childhood (and adulthood) recipes, he’s hanging out with his two rescued pups, Tuff and Odie.