Joseph Elevado named executive chef at Andrea’s at Encore
Thu, Dec 6, 2012 (11:40 a.m.)
Okay, maybe we’ll have to stop making snarky comments about the “vibe dining” experience coming with Andrea’s, set to open December 28.
Joseph Elevado will be executive chef for Andrea’s at Encore, bolstering the idea of this hip new restaurant’s planned Asian cuisine. Elevado is returning to Vegas after a recent stint at L’Ermitage Beverly Hills, but he is probably best known as the architect of the culinary experience at Social House, back when it was at Treasure Island. Social House, you may recall, was a very hip (and tasty) place to eat back then. (It still is, though today it’s located in Crystals at CityCenter.) Before that gig, Elevado spent nine years perfecting his take on modern Asian cuisine under the master himself, Nobu Matsuhisa, at Nobu restaurants in New York City and Las Vegas.
“I envision people eating much like I do when I go out with friends, sharing together family style,” Elevado said in a press release. “Dishes like crispy crab and scallop, truffled ponzu rock shrimp tempura, and, of course, wagyu sliders are perfect to share.”
So the culinary stakes have been raised. Andrea’s interiors, described as “modern” and “feminine” with “cream, cognac, pearl and gold hues,” have been designed by Todd-Avery Lenahan, who also transformed Wynn’s Okada into Mizumi this year.
Andrea’s is a partnership between Wynn and Sean Christie’s Las Vegas Nightlife Group. It will be open nightly from 5:30 p.m. until 2 a.m., with a full menu available until 11 p.m. and a late-night menu until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Diners at Andrea’s will enjoy special privileges at neighboring Surrender Nightclub on weekends.