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.
Recently featured on Channel 13’s Cool in Vegas, Lazy Joe’s bounteous booties of East Coast–flavored fare are cooked in pure soybean oil and served in an enjoyable, easygoing atmosphere. Bait appetites with a water-sourced starter such as classic calamari ($8.99), or sample the flowering onion, a blooming ring of chewy onion rings pollinated by crying bees ($5.99). Entrees are equally enticing—Lazy Joe's offers such ravenousness-relinquishing meals as whole belly clams, which are flown directly from New England and arrive replete with local flavor and Red Sox–related passions. The breaded entrees at Lazy Joe’s are gluten-free, hand-rolled in a special concoction of crumbs that is Celiac-friendly and pugnacious to wheat-based proteins.
Mastrioni’s is one of Las Vegas’ most popular seafood and Italian restaurants, offering a breathtaking atmosphere to relax in as well. Inside the large and spacious eatery, guests can expect endless amounts of tables to assuage the endless throngs of regulars, while the walls themselves are made colorful thanks to a run of local artwork – much of which changes out every six months. The resulting eclectic vibe is entirely by design at Mastrioni’s; there’s the funky lounge off to one side to enjoy a cocktail while (inevitably) waiting for a table, and many of the pieces hanging on the walls can be bought on the spot and taken home. On the table, elegant dishes like veal piccata and shrimp francese are much more subdued, while the vibrant wine list shines against the elegant, but affable, atmosphere.
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.
The classics endure at Taste of China and Icy Bar, which presents diners with an assortment of Chinese favorites from regions throughout the country. The chefs stir-fry beef with fennel seeds and cook eggplant in a spicy garlic sauce; or they prepare various hot-pot entrees featuring everything from squid and hot chili peppers to cabbage and shredded pork. Beyond hot meals, Taste of China and Icy Bar also offers a refreshing selection of milk teas and shaved ice desserts, which diners can enjoy in a dining room flanked by bamboo stalks and ornately decorated screen dividers.
Head chef and owner Scott Ghormley revealed the inspiration behind Rhythm Kitchen Seafood & Steaks to Nevada Magazine, saying, "I love the food and culture in the southern part of the country. And that's what I wanted to bring to Las Vegas." His menu backs that statement up with a slate of creole and Cajun classics such as jambalaya and a medley of catfish and shrimp in the N'Awlins Seafood Delight. Scott and his staff embellish their signature steaks and crayfish with sauces and fresh spices, and maintain a robust wine list to accompany dishes.
The decor reflects the fare's New Orleans origins, with a golden fleur-de-lis and a ferocious alligator figurine accenting a dining room of white tablecloths and maroon napkins. The banquet room, which comfortably welcomes up to 250 partygoers, boasts black leather booths and a bar with two TVs showing sports or nature documentaries about the world's most ornery reptiles.