Just because Las Vegas is in the middle of the desert doesn’t mean we don’t have access to sushi grade fish. And Vegas does it up right with some of the freshest and best varieties. Check out the top five sushi spots in Sin City.
Aria at CityCenter
When foodies round the world heard that Masa Takayama was opening not one but two outpost in Las Vegas, the first thought was whether it could match his New York restaurants. They do. Then they wondered if it would be affordable. You decide. Bar Masa is one of the best Japanese restaurants in the city with extraordinarily fresh seafood presented in a painstakingly precise manner all housed in a cavernous room that seats more than 400. This place is pricey and you will leave hungry. My tab for two people was $388.08 with an $80 tip. Try the Akami and Kanpachi sashimi to prep your palate for the fine fish served here. For an even more exclusive experience, try Shaboo within Bar Masa, Takayama's restaurant within a restaurant where you can experience shabu-shabu-style cooking in cocooned lighting.
Mandarin Oriental at CityCenter
Drop on over to Mandarin Oriental’s all-day bistro MOzen for tastes from the Orient, including a sushi bar with delightful treats such as tempura shrimp spicy tuna roll, a crunchy alternative to the usual spicy tuna roll. Look for Mandarin octopus roll with olive aioli and scallions, eel banana roll with deep fried shallots and cream cheese and tuna carpaccio in the modern and sophisticated restaurant. For a bonus, try the Sunday brunch where the sushi bar is open for fresh treats and you can drink unlimited TY KU sake.
Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill
Brothers Bruce and Eric Bromberg brought their Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill to Cosmopolitan last year at the opening, and foodie have been raving since. Look for two sushi bars featuring the “Toshi’s Choice” omakase, as well as Atlantic and Pacific delicacies, Maki (house special rolls), Yasai (vegetable eolls), and Hakozushi (box sushi). Pair your meal with one of 40 sakes on the menu.
Wynn Las Vegas
The menu at Okada at Wynn Las Vegas uses the influences of chef Masa Ishizawa’s training in both Japanese and American cuisines. You can find classics alongside sushi and sashimi selections, and sit at the sushi bar to watch your favorites prepared. Or choose to sit in the private Japanese garden, at the Robatayaki or Teppanyaki grills, at a floating pagoda table or with a view of the Tryst lagoon. The view just makes the experience that much better.
When you can’t jet off to Tokyo to dine on authentic Japanese cuisine, head over to Shibuya at MGM Grand where you can find an outstanding selection of sushi and one of the largest collections of sake in the United States. Executive chef Stephane Chevet and master sushi chef Yoshinori Nakazawa found inspiration in Tokyo's Shibuya district to create 4 Diamond AAA recipient experience. Signature dishes include Kampachi sashimi with fresh yuzu juice and black truffle oil, a kani salad with Shiso oil and lotus chips, braised Kobe beef short ribs with seared foie gras and lobster and scallops in an Uni butter sauce.