I do want to add an addendum to this article to reflect my subsequent visit to Wing Lei Restaurant. I seldom write about restaurants that I had not actually eaten at, but I felt compelled to mention Wing Lei because of its general renown, plus the fact that it was a Michelin one star restaurant. Also, I was fairly comfortable with my comments about Wing Lei, since its menu was wholly Americanized with items like egg drop soup, sweet and sour pork, and General Tso's chicken, a clear indication that this restaurant would do nothing for the reputation of Chinese restaurants in Las Vegas.
Finally having had the opportunity to eat at Wing Lei, I am pleased to confirm that my suspicions about the restaurant were correct. I will say just like Michelin, I did give Wing Lei one star, though mine was on a scale of five, on the Opentable website. As taken directly from that site:
- "Wing Lei is probably the only Michelin starred Chinese restaurant in the western United States. Wonderful setting and great service, but the food is borderline awful. Unless food is secondary to you, save your money and go to Panda Express. Or if you insist on a pricey Chinese meal, head to Hakkasan."
Virtually all the other diners give Wing Lei four or five stars, some praising the General Tso's chicken in particular. So it's clear what the profile of their targeted diners are, and how little they know about Chinese food.