Chef Ricardo Zarate is bringing exotic flavors to Palazzo with Once

Get ready for tuna and truffles.
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Acclaimed Los Angeles chef and Lima, Peru native Ricardo Zarate has created a restaurant based on his successful Peruvian Nikkei pop-up concept Once (pronounced “on-seh”) and he’s bringing it to the Las Vegas Strip at the Grand Canal Shoppes at Palazzo in March.


Ricardo Zarate

Once is Spanish for “eleven,” which is Zarate’s spot in a line of 13 siblings. Once’s cuisine is inspired by his earliest food memories in Peru and will also incorporate a strong Japanese influence. Eleven a la carte shared plates will rotate weekly on the menu, including dishes such as bigeye tuna sashimi ceviche with black truffle, Peruvian fried rice with snow crab and crispy calamari, and oxtail bibimbap with black mint stew.

Zarate most recently opened Rosaliné in West Hollywood. Once, which will take the place of Emeril Lagasse's former Table 10 restaurant at Palazzo, is the latest in a wave of new restaurants bringing different cuisines that haven’t had a strong presence in Strip casino resorts. Charles Phan’s Vietnamese restaurant The Slanted Door is coming soon to the Forum Shops at Caesars and Roy Choi is developing a Korean restaurant concept at Park MGM.

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