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Jet Tila

Favorite Local Spots

    Jet Tila
Executive Chef Wazuzu

TravelsinTaste.com recently had the opportunity to chat with its Asian cuisine expert, Executive Chef Jet Tila of Wazuzu, at his Las Vegas restaurant in Wynn's Encore resort. Chef Tila is the mastermind behind the restaurant's Southeast Asian cuisine, which includes dishes from Thailand, Vietnam, China, Korea and Japan. If his name sounds familiar, it's probably because he's not only a great chef, but also a record-breaking one. Among his many accolades, Chef Tila held until 2007 the Guinness Book of World Records' world record for the world's largest stir-fry, weighing in at 1,805 lbs. in 2005! Although we've tried many of the most popular Las Vegas restaurants, we've been yearning to know: What restaurants do locals like best? In search of the little-known neighborhood gems that are located off the Strip, we asked Chef Tila -- known for his fine palate and his ability to find the needle in the culinary haystack -- for recommendations.

Fried Ice Fish

Never one to disappoint, when we asked him where he goes for a great lunch or an excellent dinner, Chef Tila gave us the inside scoop on his three "go to" spots -- Antojos DF and Bachi for lunch, and Raku for dinner -- including why to go and what to order. Below is part three of our interview, Jet's take on Raku.

5030 Spring Mountain Rd
(702) 367-3511

TravelsinTaste.com: When we asked you where you favorite dinner spot is, you immediately told us Raku. How did you find it?

Tila: Let's go back a year and a half -- pre-buzz -- before the "all the chefs eat here, so you have to go" word had hit the street. After I got the offer to head up Wazuzu at Encore, I found one of the best sushi chefs I've ever worked with and asked him to help with our sushi program. So Matsu (a.k.a. Masaru Matsuura) comes on board and, in traditional manner, takes me out to dinner at his favorite Japanese resto-pub, or "izakaya" in Japanese. It was there I had my first spiritual culinary experience in Las Vegas.

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