Once (pronounced “on-seh”) means eleven in Spanish and denotes acclaimed chef Ricardo Zarate's position among his 13 siblings. Zarate has earned four James Beard nominations and a “Best New Chef” award from Food & Wine, which speaks to the level of quality and creativity you can expect at his latest restaurant. The space, formerly home to Emeril Lagasse's Table 10, blends Vegas glamour with an appealing rustic style. Highlights include floor-to-ceiling living plant “walls,” dramatic tribal statuary and a large greenery-surrounded patio with communal tables. Dim pendant lighting adds an element of romance. Each table is different and unique, with colorful handmade tile accents.
The menu is described as Peruvian Nikkei, which only hints at the bold flavors and inspiring technique combinations diners are in for. Once features 11 a la carte shared plates that rotate weekly according to the season. Recent selections include a grilled octopus charcuterie plate, scallop & shrimp dumplings and a truffled Big Eye Tuna sashimi ceviche. Entrees offer succulent classics with twists from Zarate, like the Peruvian chaufa rice with lobster, snow crab, sausage and pancetta.
Staying true to the theme, the drinks menu includes 11 signature cocktails, as well as a full selection of wines and beers. Service is attentive and excellent