It was just this past June when LA godhead chef Roy Choi announced his departure from the Sydell Group – which meant no more Commissary at THE LINE LA. Now we know that Choi, the mastermind behind six other hipster-magnet Los Angeles establishments, had his sights sets on an even bigger hospitality fish. His latest venture, the engagingly named Best Friend, will open on December 28 at the newish Park MGM in…da da da…Las Vegas!
An amalgamation of styles and flavors drawn from “Kogi to Commissary”, BF (sorry, he can’t promise “forever”) further encapsulates Choi’s ever-experimental style, while adding that touch of Vegas bigness and bling. “Hip-hop-to-bibimbop. Kimchi-to-spaghetti. BBQ and late-night food. My neighborhood mixed with the Vegas good-good,” he promises of his first foray into the city of sin.
Roy Choi on Parts Unknown, courtesy of CNN
Most of the menu focuses on braising and barbecuing, featuring such temptations as tamarind cod with noodles, and a braised spicy chicken from Korea, according to Eater LA. A storefront uncomplicatedly titled Liquor Store (it’s a literal title – they will be selling spirits) serves as an entrance/portal to the restaurant in the back, a multiculti world of flavor and fun.
“I hope all guests are licking their fingers with their mouths full saying ‘holy sh!t’ as they reach across the table for another bite,” Choi enthuses. (We can’t imagine he’ll be wrong.)
And as if that wasn’t alone enough to get you to book a post-Xmas escape to Vegas…Best Friend will open its doors – surely uncoincidentally – on the first day of the feverishly awaited Lady Gaga residence at Park MGM.
“Rah rah ah-ah-ah!…”