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, South Geisha House Steak & Sushi, 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 crab-meat 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.
The extensive menu at Panna Thai showcases both traditional and contemporary Thai cuisine amid a chic, intimate backdrop. Start your Southeast Asian excursion with Thai-style shrimp cakes with sweet chili sauce ($7.95), a traditional Thai appetizer that will easily charm the western palate with a few coy glances. Panna Thai boasts an enormous selection of entrees, from curries to stir-fries, all of which blend sweet, sour, bitter, and salty tastes, unleashing an uncommon flurry of flavor on unsuspecting palates and unbalanced humors. The restaurant's friendly and accommodating staff is on-hand to assist diners in choosing a dish that suits their spice tolerance. Noodle dishes are a favorite, like the basil noodle served with chicken, pork, beef, tofu, or shrimp ($8.50, $10.50 for shrimp). Meat-centric meals—like the garlic short ribs ($11.95) and the beef or chicken satay dinner ($12.95)—also abound to sate the appetites of carnivores and were-falcons alike.
Although they're firm about the freshness of the fish and the quality of the ingredients, 808 Sushi's chefs like to have fun when they're making sushi. Experts with the knife and inventive with designs, they fold salmon, tuna, and crab into a wide variety of specialty rolls, adorning them with colorful swirls of sauce, slices of mango, and flowers of jalapeño. When inspiration strikes them, they assemble rolls into playful shapes, such as a cheerful smiley face when they're feeling particularly happy or a cute teddy bear when they're feeling unusually afraid of bear attacks.
An elegant Japanese fan and colorful pictures of sea creatures speckle the walls of the dining hall, where guests meander past sweeping spreads of all-you-can-eat sushi, fresh from the bar. Others sit at the tabletops and order à la carte, savoring plates of rolls, japanese noodles, and teriyaki dishes along with glasses of sake.