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.
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.
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.
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.
Sushi has become wildly popular in cities across the U.S., but Osaka Summerlin was way ahead of the trend. Osaka natives Sam and Aiko Nakanishi founded its sister restaurant way back in 1969, and their daughter Joy expanded their tradition of ultrafresh seafood and sizzling Japanese entrees to Summerlin three decades later.
The menu spotlights exotic Japanese seafood, including live surf clams, abalone, and chickens that taught themselves to tread water. In addition, chefs craft traditional bento boxes and inventive sushi rolls, such as spicy crab with tempura jalape?os. But the real star of the show is the hibachi grill. Here, chefs entertain diners with spatula flips, fiery onion volcanoes, and other tricks of the trade as they sear meat, seafood, and veggies to a perfect char.
The grill's dancing flames might be the flashiest sight at Osaka Summerlin, but the decor does its best to compete. Red walls blush in the soft glow of square wall sconces, graphic art from local designers hangs on the walls, and bejeweled pendant lamps evoke overfed snowflakes.