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Sometimes to really embrace the future, you have to look to the past. Nowhere else is this as true as it is in the world of food. Restaurants are filled with old-world dishes meeting new world techniques, traditional styles redone through the lens of the modern.
That’s David Zhao’s approach with The X Pot, a new eatery coming to the Grand Canal Shoppes in Las Vegas’ Venetian Resort that mixes the ancient culinary art of the hotpot with state of the art, smart robot technology.
Zhao seems to have a lot of luck with hotpot dining, but he knows what he’s doing. A native of Shanghai, co-founder and managing director of the NXT Group, all-around a high-flying voice in the world of finance and investment, he has already had success in the world of restaurants and dining. And in a very similar way.
His Chubby Cattle restaurants, with locations in Las Vegas, Philadelphia, and Denver, have already made waves in further popularizing hot pot dining. The X Pot is taking hot pot dining into the next level. It will, for example, be one of only nine restaurants in Las Vegas that offer up certified A5 Wagyu and the only hot pot cuisine on the strip.
“Hotpot dining is becoming better-known in North America for sure,” says Zhao. “I hope The X Pot will help further ingrain that. Like Chubby Cattle, we want to present it all in a modern and dynamic spirit, but without losing any of the authenticity.”
The modern take is highlighted by what X Pot is calling a “multi-sensory serving experience.” Automated servers, 360 visual projections, thematic soundscapes, and even light shows that project directly onto the plate, The X Pot is a chance to use a traditional dish to project into the future.
“I love this idea of a dish with such a long history being able to ride this futuristic wave,” he says. “And of course, it all tastes amazing. There’s an experience at the X Pot that is completely and one hundred percent unique.”