The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas’ vegan options continue to grow, thanks to innovative chefs and the ever-increasing demand for vegan options on The Strip. If you’re craving some Asian-inspired food in a swank setting overlooking the world-famous Las Vegas Blvd., look no further than Momofuku.
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The popular restaurant concept first came to life in 2004 when chef and founder David Chang opened Momofuku Noodle Bar. Since then, Momofuku outposts have popped up in New York City, Sydney, DC, LA, Toronto and (of course) Las Vegas. Momofuku is known for its innovative dishes and supporting local, sustainable and responsible farmers and food purveyors.
Helmed by Executive Chef Shaun King, who started his career with Japanese cuisine, the hip Momofuku offers a variety of vegan dishes that will make the entire table — whether they’re vegan or not — happy and full. Plus, King and crew like to get creative. Want something? Just. Ask.
Start your night off with spicy cucumbers. These bad boys come marinated in a vegan (!!) pineapple fish sauce and topped with togarashi and toasted almonds. Then, add on some shishito peppers with smoked salt and lime.
For your main courses, Momofuku features a few vegan options, plus the occasional vegan special (OMG if they have the tempura red kuri squash with truffle tempura sauce, get it. Immediately.). King has prepared ginger scallion noodles, a dish featuring pickled shiitake, cucumber and wakame.
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The menu also includes chilled spicy noodles with candied cashews, pickled chilies and Thai basil, as well as the infamous smoked pumpkin (or mushroom, which they are trying out, too) plate coated in a carrot BBQ sauce, orange and cilantro.
Round out your meal with a fresh-baked vegan cookie courtesy of Momofuku’s next door neighbor, Milk Bar.
The Cosmopolitan, 3708 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, 89109; 702-698-2663; 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
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.