A lot of times when you visit a fine dining restaurant in Las Vegas the menu is so massive with delicious offerings that it can be a bit overwhelming. That is not the case at Yusho, one of the finest Japanese restaurant inside the Monte Carlo hotel.
The concept comes from the mind of acclaimed Chicago chef, Matthias Merges, who wanted to create a compact menu that would provide plenty of gourmet flavors but without all the indecision that can come from having too many choices. We love the five-course omakase as the Yusho chefs always have an excellent selection of fresh sushi to sample. Yusho is really a great spot for sharing starters as well as their snacks and bowls. The steamed buns here are very popular and you can order a sampler of three or individual buns. The crispy chicken is a must, and you may only want to order one as it comes loaded with potato puree, spicy aioli and pickled cucumbers for a true flavor explosion. If you’re a fan of ramen noodles, you’ll be pleased with the quality of Yusho’s selections. You can’t really go wrong with the shrimp or chicken options, but it’s the Monster Ramen dish that’s really where it’s at – shrimp, maitake, crispy pork, three eggs and lots and lots of butter make this an especially rich version. Even after all the feasting, you must save room for dessert and try the homemade doughnuts. These are unlike any you’ve tried before as they’re made from tofu, sweet potatoes and seasoned with rosemary. The Yo Mochi is also a fun selection, as you’ll savor a sweet earl grey flavored mocha that is topped with Fruit Loops and then drizzled with caramel for a taste that is sinfully good.
One of the coolest concepts at Yusho is the draught cocktail program, where the expert mixologists make small batches every few days and then pour them fresh from a tap just like your favorite beers. These all run $13 and you can pick from classics like the Gin & Tonic or White Rum Daquiri, to more signature selections like the Chuhai, which fuses Sudachi Shochu with jasmine tea and fresh citrus or the Paloma, which mixes blanco tequila, grapefruit and mineral water together for the ideal warm weather libation. We’re also big fans of the Booze Cola as the combination of dark rum, white run, bitters and fresh citrus is a great drink for walking around The Strip. If you want to go with a freshly shaken and stirred drink, Yusho’s popular Railroad Ties is the way to go as it boasts two different tequilas, vermouth, cherry herring and bitters for a drink that you’ll be feeling pretty quickly. There are also ample sake and beer selections on hand, so no matter what you’re craving, there’s something on the menu just for you.
With the new T-Mobile Arena opening this month, Yusho is a great choice for a pre or post-concert dinner, as they stay open until 1 a.m. on the weekends. When you’re craving some delicious Japanese cuisine or creative cocktails, be sure to give this restaurant a try.
Yusho at Mone Carlo
3770 South Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Featured image via Yusho