As part of a $100 million renovation, SLS Las Vegas has opened its doors to the latest of its high-end eateries, designed to entice more of the city’s tourists to the north end of the Las Vegas Boulevard Strip. Uno Más is the latest Mexican restaurant on the Vegas Strip, becoming the first high-end dining option at the SLS Las Vegas since the resort opened some five years ago. The eatery replaces the former Ku Noodle by José Andrés bar, bringing a relaxed yet sophisticated Mexican dining scene, with mouth-watering, street-style tacos, fresh margaritas and churros to boot.
A quick peek at Uno Más’ new menu reveals dishes such as queso fundido with a warming chorizo, guacamole and chips, pork chicharrones and grilled corn. The fresh tortillas for the street tacos are handmade in-house, and you can fill them with your choice of succulent meats and seafood, including beer-braised short rib, pan-roasted shrimp, lamb, carnitas, al pastor as well as a host of vegetarian fillings, such as cactus and queso a la plancha.
There’s also plenty to shout about on the restaurant’s dedicated fresh margarita menu too, with its staple drink incorporating Patrón Reposado Tequila, Anchos Reyes Verde, lime, agave syrup as well as Grand Marnier. Combine that with a healthy choice of Mexican-brewed lagers as well as cocktails like the “Evening with Caballeros” and “Just South of Crazy,” and mocktails and Micheladas to boot, it’s clear to see why Uno Más has already been dubbed one of the most stylish places to eat Mexican in Sin City.
Uno Más: Open in Time for Cinco de Mayo
There is a contemporary elegance about the décor of Uno Más, with its uber-glamorous chandeliers combined with cutting-edge steel lighting and laid-back stools, creating a funky yet sophisticated dining atmosphere. Uno Más is open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and early signs are that it has been well-received by the local community as well as the city’s tourists. It has opened its doors right in time for Cinco de Mayo, with the May 5th holiday festivities set to culminate in live mariachi music throughout the day as well as half-price signature Dole Whip cocktails, using Casamigos Tequila.
SLS in Line for a Reported Re-brand
The SLS Las Vegas has undergone a huge face-lift in the last few years, replacing the tired Sahara resort with a $415 million resort focused on “style, luxury and service.” The Meruelo Group purchased the SLS last year, promising to invest an additional $100 million and consideration of a re-brand of the resort, harking back to the property’s roots as the new “Grand Sahara Resort.” The re-brand has not yet finalized, but combined with the launch of Uno Más, these are some exciting times for the SLS — whichever direction it takes in the coming months.
The Changing Face of Vegas
As those who regularly visit Vegas can testify, the city has become increasingly less about its casino floors and more about its entertainment and dining scene. That’s mostly because people can play their favorite casino games on their computer or smartphone these days. Some iGaming operators even allow online casino gamers to use crypto-currencies to earn digital currencies by playing online. Given the ease of accessibility of online casino gaming, it’s little wonder that Vegas has worked hard to diversify the Strip, re-imagining it as an experience-led destination.
Aside from its Michelin-starred restaurants and cocktail bars, Vegas continues to offer unique attractions geared toward tourists happy to make impulsive decisions during their stay. We don’t only mean the bungee jump from the top of the Stratosphere, either. Fresh investment in The LINQ, formerly known as Imperial Palace, has seen Vegas become home to the world’s tallest observation wheel, the High Roller. Meanwhile, Downtown Las Vegas on Freemont Street is home to adrenaline-fueled zip lines that allow people to fly like Superman across the top of the light-filled covered street.
Vegas has become so much more than a casino resort or a place for bachelor and bachelorette parties to hire stretched limousines to party up and down the Strip. That might not be music to the ears of those who venture to Vegas solely for its party scene and events like the Neon Carnival, but with casino revenue diminishing year-on-year, the city has to evolve with the times or risk confinement to the history books.