In 1971, Jimmy Nishiyama introduced the city of Las Vegas to Japanese hibachi cuisine. Three decades later, and the friends have stayed very much in touch. During that time, 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.
Seven days a week, world-class DJs bump hip-swaying beats at KOI Lounge, the Strip’s freshest take on the boutique nightclub. Plush lounge seating lines the border of the circular space, which overlooks Planet Hollywood’s sprawling casino, with the spacious, onyx-hued dance floor glittering with gold flecks even in the low lighting. Partiers replenish their energy with the kitchen’s Japanese-inflected cuisine, which—working in tandem with Asian-inspired decor and European bottle service—lends the venue an international vibe typically achieved by serving vials full of international waters.
The practiced chefs at Red Sushi assemble sushi, sashimi, and nigiri platters alongside savory Asian entrees in a crimson-lit, contemporary dining room. Diners can nab 1 of 11 specialty rolls betwixt nimble chopsticks or out-of-work Oreo halves, such as the Red Tiger roll, which caps shrimp tempura with spicy tuna and avocado ($16). The Dynamite roll bedecks a standard california roll with sizzling supplements of scallops and fiery dynamite sauce ($10). Soak tongues in sweet miso accompanied by black cod ($22), or joust with brussels sprouts to determine how to divvy up an Asian-style game hen ($19). Wine by the glass, as well as Japanese sake and beer selections, stifle thirst symptoms, whereas signature cocktails like the Red Zen Tini—a tart blend of vodka, pomegranate, and sweet-and-sour citrus ($9)—rouse taste buds.
Maru's menu delivers a cadre of meats, hot pots, and handmade sushi to patrons' palates. Sizzling, smokeless barbecue grills embedded in each table happily accept marriage proposals and meats such as the thin beef brisket of the chadol gui ($25.99) or the black pork belly ($23.99). The succulent braised beef ribs of the galbi jjim ($25.99) arrive piled in a simmering hot pot, which Maru's meat mavens fill with a plethora of rice, veggies, and meats to create the dolsot bibimbap ($13.99). Twenty-nine varieties of sushi and 39 rolls march to the tune of mouthwatering satiety, including the simple eel-cutlet unagi roll ($7.95) and the Volcano, a gang of salmon, tuna, white fish, and crab that often congregates to discuss the accuracy of fish portrayal in the media ($14.99).
Yoko Sushi's skilled culinary artisans create delicate sushi rolls and classic Japanese cuisine to form expansive lunch and dinner menus. The flagship all-you-can-eat sushi package piles plates high with succulent morsels of red snapper or mussels, as well as classic rolls such as the spicy yellowtail, to fill stomachs at noon ($22.95) or in the evening ($25.95) and foster impromptu Jenga games. Teriyaki dishes deliver a choice of beef, chicken, or salmon ($6.95), and the special grilled-mackerel plate only arrives after marinating in seawater ($8.95). Finish gastronomic symphonies on a sweet note, with a selection of dessert such as the tempura fried ice cream in a choice of green tea or plum ($3.50), which combines hot and cold like a volcano full of popsicles.
Xtreme Sushi rolls Japanese cuisine into tightly wrapped dishes bursting with flavor at the seams of their sticky-rice prisons. Pull a chair up to the sushi bar to gawk at experienced chefs as they skillfully prepare lush sushi rolls such as Yoshi's dynamite roll ($14.95), the tiger roll ($10.95), and the grilled salmon and cali roll ($16.95). The comfy booths and modern décor of the more-private dining room tables allow families and friends to relish in Japanese fare with palatable plates such as the tender, 16-ounce signature prime rib-eye steak on the bone ($26.90) and the succulent, juicy Kobe burger ($9.95). The restaurant also contains a fully stocked bar where customers can sip on a premium sake or one of Xtreme's specialty drinks while the HD widescreen televisions play a relevant professional sporting match, such as basketball or competitive grandmothering.