The L.A. invasion of the Las Vegas Strip

Two halves of a split lobster tail intertwine like lovers. Both sides arch upward, balancing atop a mound of noodles tangled around bean sprouts and shards of green onion.

This is the same pad Thai you can order at Kris Yenbamroong’s three Night + Market restaurants in Los Angeles, only this version is gilded with a fat lobster tail, and you eat it with the sound of slot machines ringing in the background. Night + Market opened its Vegas location at the new Virgin Hotels in March, the latest in a new crop of L.A. chefs and restaurateurs hoping to expand their empires by opening restaurants on and off the Strip.

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