PB&J doesn’t mean the same thing to executive chef Gene Villiatora that it does to most folks. At Xtreme Sushi & Asian Tapas Bar, Gene’s PB and J roll is a medley of prawns, bacon, and jalapeno, all rolled with a creamy dash of avocado. He puts a similarly creative spin on his other sushi inventions, whether by incorporating fixings like Cajun albacore and garlic ponzu or deep-frying classic rolls like the California and Philadelphia.
His inspired take on culinary staples isn’t limited to sushi. Gene integrates Japanese and other eastern flavors into original tapas, from miso-glazed kobe burgers to Thai-style salmon with peanut butter curry sauce. On select evenings, he also hosts multi-course dinners centered on steaks aged for 28 days, the maximum amount of time steak can go before it qualifies for retirement benefits.
Teriyaki Boy serves up health-friendly eats that integrate Japanese and Chinese influences without the use of oil or MSG. Their cooks grill or bake shrimp, tofu, Angus steak, or chicken before tossing them into teriyaki bowls or teriyaki wraps, which bring together the proteins with rice and vegetables. Tender filets of salmon and mahi mahi also make an appearance in bowls with rice or soba noodles. Morsels of Mongolian beef, sesame orange chicken, or sweet and sour pork broaden the flavor spectrum alongside sips of boba smoothies.
Drum fish. Wrasse. Tautog. Wahoo. Chef Rick Moonen knows the dangers that overfishing poses to popular seafood such as salmon and tuna, so his menu makes use of sustainable aquatic treats many consumers have never even heard of. Thanks to his fluency in the ocean's hidden delights, Moonen⎯who, in 1978, graduated from the Culinary Institute of America first in his class⎯brings a unique breadth of knowledge to the creation of each dish.
The waiters at RM Seafood's multilevel dining rooms, like the butler at M.C. Escher's single-floor apartment, serve different menus upstairs and downstairs. Below, an ever-rotating menu of fresh fish complements a sushi bar, and the upstairs kitchen features elegant tasting menus featuring dishes such as charred Spanish baby octopus or Peruvian lantern scallops atop a bed of polenta.
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.