At 808 Tapas, two island cuisines converge in a bounty of Japanese and Hawaiian dishes. The worldly palates of executive chef Yoshiyuki Kojima and sous chef Rex Ibanez don't stop there, either. Elements from global recipes influence every one of their dishes, whether it?s the eatery?s take on nachos?ahi tuna poke and avocado atop fried lotus root chips?or their potato-free fries, composed of Panko-crusted slabs of eggplant. Italy even gets its time in the sun with a caprese salad crowned in lomi-lomi salmon, a Hawaiian specialty. Inside the restaurant, diners ponder whether science will ever determine how many Hawaiian islands there are at long communal tables or at the sushi bar, where chefs craft more than 20 roll varieties.
Poshburger Bistro, the latest venture from Michelin-starred chef Conrad Gallagher, brings visitors face-to-face with exotic wild game, albeit wild game that’s sandwiched on a bun. The gourmet eatery’s chefs craft burgers from organic, free-range, grass-fed animals—wild boar, Black Angus and Kobe beef, lamb, ostrich, and elk—as well as from fresh tuna and salmon. They then top their creations with ingredients such as seared foie gras, prune-and-armagnac aioli, and Asian coleslaw. The burgers fly out of the kitchen alongside plates stacked with sides and snacks that pay tribute to the classic burger joint, including spicy buffalo wings and seasoned fries.
Poshburger also embraces the comforting feel of the classic burger joint. Inside the simple cafeteria space, dark-blue-tiled walls surround the communal dining area—rows of polished tables and benches made from blond wood. The simple tables groan under the weight of the adventurous food and glasses filled with craft beers, 1 of more than 30 boutique wines, or the current milkshakes du jour.
The oven-shunning eatery specializes in familiar tastes prepared with herbs, nuts, and veggies, full of their original, uncooked-to-death nutrients. For starters, try the chips and salsa, with the standard tortilla dippers swapped in favor of flax-seed crackers ($5.88). Fish phobes will appreciate the sneaky sushi selection, with maki artfully assembled sans sea meat. Try the the pseudo salmon roll ($12.88), packed with sprouts, avocado, tomato, enoki mushrooms, yam rice, mustard, garlic, and ginger. Wraps, veggie burritos, zucchini-noodle pastas, and veggie burgers round out the garden-centric menu.
Smoke rises up from Bee Gee Kitchen's handmade charcoal-fueled grill as it sizzles with the bamboo-skewered meats, seafood, and vegetables of Japanese yakitori-inspired dishes. Chefs adorn the skewers in their own signature sweet and spicy sauces and also specialize in a variety of hibachi, udon-noodle, and teriyaki dishes. Waiters carry steaming dishes out into the cheerful dining room, where bright green walls and sunlight beam down upon rows of tabletops. Outside, cars line up before a drive-thru window, picking up freshly prepared dishes to enjoy at home or while taking repeated laps around their favorite roundabout.
In 1971, Jimmy Nishiyama introduced the city of Las Vegas to Japanese hibachi cuisine. Three decades later, Geisha House, Nishiyama's brainchild, has grown to fill three locations and eight menu pages. Colorful specialty sushi rolls, such as the baked japanese lasagna?cream cheese and mayo atop a crabmeat and avocado roll?make fitting partners for grilled lobster, filet mignon, or scallops in hibachi dinners. Nearly 30 varieties of sake trip merrily across the palate, while the Geisha martini blends sake with plum wine and a treasure trove of James Bond jokes.
A daily happy hour is even more focused on cocktails, with other Easternized offerings including sake bombs, ginger sake mojitos, and lychee and Sanyo strawberry martinis. As for food, groups can share both creative hot bites and traditional maki such as spicy tuna and california rolls.
Although the Sumo Bowl sounds fattening, this signature dish is unlikely to add the pounds necessary to take on a loincloth-clad wrestler. The dish unites steamed rice, three types of lean meat, and wok-stirred vegetables drizzled in teriyaki sauce, creating a flavorful mélange that reflects Samurai Sam's Teriyaki Grill's focus on healthy, made-to-order Japanese cuisine. To complement customized bowls of rice or yakisoba noodles, diners can opt for a side of grilled egg rolls, which offer a healthier alternative to egg rolls that are fried or guarded by an irritable lioness.