Kaizen Fusion Roll & Sushi intersperses inventive sushi rolls with Japanese entrees, finger fare, and half a dozen sakes served hot or cold. A wood-framed, square sushi bar dominates the space, backed by an accent wall that captures the shimmering hues of a flame. Patrons can sidle up to the sushi bar to enjoy seaweed cylinders flung into their mouths directly from the chefs’ knife, or settle at a table along a chartreuse wall. In addition to using fresh fish, the restaurant's sushi selection reverses traditional rolls with ingredients such as Korean-style barbecue short rib or pickled pumpkin. Kaizen Fusion Roll & Sushi's chefs also think outside the cylinder as they whip up conical and spherical entrées of Asian-style barbecue and teriyaki accompanied by imported Asian beers and saketinis.
Inaka Sushi takes taste buds on a culinary exploration with a varied spread of Japanese cuisine. Like the diaries of many teenagers, the restaurant?s menu has an entire section set aside for sashimi, including Cajun albacore and hamachi. Skilled sushi chefs carve 20 different varieties behind the bar while culinary artists piece together hearty combination entrees in the back kitchen.
With more than 45 years of history behind it, Osaka is run by a family who knows how to separate its business from the competitive Las Vegas restaurant scene. The formula requires award-winning chefs and and three distinct menus to appeal to as many sensibilities as possible. In addition to curry-kissed udon noodles and inventive makimono, Osaka's dishes also feature imported delicacies from Japan such as live surf clams, certified Kobe beef, and bonito.
And to mirror its menus' diversity, the staff has created three specific dining experiences to accommodate everything from peaceful, romantic dates to nights out with an energetic crew. A tatami room sets diners on traditional woven mats in a private setting surrounded by backlit Japanese screens. For live entertainment, there's watching the chefs' showy knife skills at work and even occasional music acts at the teppanyaki area and sushi bar.
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.
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.
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.