Imagine this: You’re on the strip and you want some Chinese food. You could hit up a buffet and have a small selection of standard fair, you could head to Planet Hollywood and have a seat at P.F. Chang or you could go to the Monte Carlo and hit up the unassuming Dragon Noodle Co.
Nestled just off the gaming floor, Dragon Noodle Co. offers an outstanding selection of sushi, dim sum and a la carte menu items. Ah…. but it is the cocktails that are worth the stop.
Dragon Noodle Co. has a few of the standard cocktails but a vast majority are Asian themed and seem quite interesting. They serve up a Lychee Sunset (Kai Kychee Vodka, Crème de Cassis, fresh lemon juice, orange bitters) and the Mango Dragon (Cruzan Mango Rum, fresh lime juice, jalapeno pepper, fresh mint leaves, pineapple juice, rock candy syrup) and good selection of the other cocktails feature sake.
On my last visit I tried the Ginger Kyushu (Sake, Massenez Ginger Liqueur, fresh mint, yuzu juice, rock candy syrup). The ginger liqueur and the mint complement each other in a way that was refreshing and unexpected and the Kyushu acts as a psuedo-spritzer that goes well with Dragon Noodle Co.’s fresh sushi.
My partner in crime had The Purple Pearl (Moonstone Momokawa Black Raspberry Sake, Marie Brizard Cassis Liqueur, sweet & sour, fresh blackberries). The Purple Pearl looks like it should be sickly sweet – like most things pink or purple – but it isn’t. The sake mellows the drink and makes it very drinkable, almost like a nice mimosa. The Purple Pearl would go really well with a spicy noodle dish by providing a pleasant reprieve from the heat of your entree.
The best part of Dragon Noodle Co. cocktail list is the fact that having a few with your meal won’t cause you to go bankrupt. The prices range from $9-$15 (great prices for cocktails on the Strip) and the serving sizes are fairly generous.
So skip the buffet and ignore the chain Chinese “bistro” and head over to Dragon Noodle Co. for some great food and outstanding cocktails. Oh and don’t forget to get on FourSquare and check-in!
My tasting at Dragon Noodle Co. was provided courtesy of Market City Caffe Hospitality Group. However, had it sucked I would have told you to avoid it.
Photo courtesy of Joanna855