Travel: Cathay House in the Palms Las Vegas


Interior of the Cathay House. Photo By Denise Truscello

Las Vegas, NV (June 10, 2011) – The Palms Casino Resort has opened its latest culinary venture, Cathay House, offering authentic Chinese cuisine and dim sum.

As the second Las Vegas location, Cathay House at the Palms will live up to its high reputation and offer healthy and delicious fare. The eatery will also serve dim sum, which are popular, traditional Chinese dishes served in small portions tableside.

The three towers of the Palms Las Vegas.

The Palms boutique property boasts three distinct towers and a diverse mix of bars and restaurants across a 95,000-square-foot casino. Amenities include the legendary Playboy Club; Ghostbar; Rain Nightclub; The Pearl Concert Theater; and the Moon Nightclub. This property also holds the Fantasy Suites, including the Hardwood Suite, the only hotel room in the world with its own basketball court; and over 60,000 square-feet of meeting space.

“I have been a loyal customer and a big fan of Cathay House for years. In recent months, we have seen a large increase in Asian gaming and we recognized the importance of catering to those customers,” said Palms owner George Maloof.  “Cathay House is a popular restaurant for the Asian community, and we are excited to bring superior Chinese cuisine to our property. This restaurant just adds to the great list of dining establishments we have at the Palms.”

Led by Executive Chef Henry Garcia, Dim Sum Chef Ping Kwan Lam and Dining Chef Raymond Kwan, the assorted menu offers something for every craving. Guests may delight in popular favorites from orange chicken, lettuce wraps and beef broccoli to jelly fish and salt and pepper pork chops. Main entrée options include spicy clams with wine and supreme steamed chicken. Poached fresh prawns, steamed whole flounder and fish filets in black bean sauce are a sampling of the fresh seafood selections. Hot Pot options consist of sizzling frog, spicy eggplant and mixed mushrooms.  Sui Mai-pork and shrimp dumplings, homemade fish balls, stuffed tofu, chicken feet with special sauce and BBQ pork buns are a few of the fresh dishes of dim sum served tableside.

"We are excited to bring superior cuisine to our property," says George Maloof. Photo by Chuck Goodenough.

Guests can choose from an assortment of hot teas including jasmine, pur erh, oolong and chrysanthemum tea or delight in a bottle of Tsingtao beer.  A complete menu with pricing is available upon request.

Described as “a restaurant within a restaurant,” Cathay House is an exclusive space inside 24/7 Café. Conceptualized and designed by Tandem Las Vegas, the restaurant holds a modern Chinese flair featuring a focal, large  back wall adorned with large red and black Koi fish appliqués. A custom-created chandelier of Asian parasols anchors the space and suspends from the center ceiling creating a warm and welcoming ambiance for every customer.

Chef Garcia came to the Palms five years ago bringing more than 11 years of experience and his forte of Italian cuisine and fusion concepts.  As Executive Chef for the Palms, Garcia oversees the kitchens of the Bistro Buffet, 24/7 Café, Gardunos, Cathay House and supervises banquets and room service for the property. Before coming to the Palms, Garcia served as a Chef for Station Casinos at various properties where he established the Prime steak program and opened Sonoma Cellar.

Chef Lam came to the United States after working in prestigious restaurants in Hong Kong: Yung Kee Restaurant, Luk Yu Tea House and Sun Bo Shing. Lam eventually landed the role as Dim Sum Chef at the original Cathay House, adding to his culinary experience of more than 40 years.

Chef Kwan has been working in a kitchen for 41 years. Previously, he worked as a Chef at Happy Valley in Los Angeles for seven years before moving to Las Vegas. He went on to Noodle Exchange before becoming a chef at Ping Pang Pong.

Guests can make a reservation or place an order for takeout at Cathay House at the Palms by calling (702) 990-8888. Cathay House is open for takeout and dining in from 10 to 2 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 10 to 4 a.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Visit For groups of 15 rooms or more, contact the Sales Department at (866) PALMS-MTG or (866) 725-6768.

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