Society Cafe Encore, the innovative American restaurant located inside Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, has been named one of the “Best New Restaurants in America” by
Esquire magazine (November 2009).The restaurant, featuring a menu of creative American cuisine by Chef Kim
Canteenwalla, is the only Las Vegas restaurant to receive this honor this year.
The annual Esquire list is written and compiled by world-renowned food
writer John Mariani and features the magazine’s recommendations for the best new
“I’m delighted and humbled that Esquire selected Society as a place
that stands out on the dining scene,” says Canteenwalla. “There are many great
new restaurants and we’re thrilled to be acknowledged amongst this distinguished
Society is known for its fun signature dishes, regardless of the time of day.
Guests start with fresh pretzel bread and house-made grainy mustard butter and
progress to the restaurant’s favorite dishes. These include lunchtime’s lobster
roll club with pancetta and avocado and grilled chicken salad with cherries,
figs, pears, cashews and a pomegranate vinaigrette. There is also a section
devoted to sliders including the BBQ filet mignon, charred rare tuna and “sloppy
The popular mac ‘n’ cheese bites with truffle dipping sauce and the grilled
artichoke with chipotle spiced dip are two great ways to start dinner. Choose
from main courses such as bone-in cowboy rib-eye with peppercorn rub and potato
and bacon hash, seared ahi tuna with togarashi spice and cucumber shiso salad
and grilled jidori chicken breast with Yukon mashed potatoes. Diners can top off
their night with the restaurant’s coveted warm donut bites.
Chef Canteenwalla partnered with Elizabeth Blau and Sean Christie to open
Society at Encore. Blau has helped establish Las Vegas as one of the country’s
finest culinary destinations, while Christie is credited for changing the
profile of Las Vegas nightlife.
“I’m honored to be a part of this impressive list of restaurants,” adds Blau.
“I love reading John’s selections every year to find new culinary treasures
whether in big cities or remote locations.”
Society Cafe Encore has quickly become the choice of locals, tourists and
celebrities for power outings during breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Society
Bar provides a great spot for a cocktail with its creative drink list and
extensive mojito menu. Society is open Sunday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 11
p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Reservations are encouraged
and can be made by calling (702) 248-DINE (3463) or (888) 352-DINE (3463).
Chef Kim Canteenwalla joined forces with Steve Wynn to open Society Café
Encore as Executive Chef/Partner at the new signature resort in the Wynn
collection. His restaurant offers guests a classic American menu of old school
favorites with a modern twist. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night
on weekends, Society Café Encore features enjoyable food in a casual, fun and
He began his culinary career in Montreal at the Institute of St. Denis. He
continued to work in his native Canada as Sous Chef for the luxury five-star
Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto. He then went to serve in executive chef positions
that took him all over the world, including Raffles International Hotel Group,
Hotel Le Royal Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and Grand Mirage Resort Bali,
Upon his return to North America, Chef Canteenwalla held the position of
executive chef at Beau Rivage, where he met Elizabeth Blau. He was then
recruited to serve as executive chef for the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las