Fukuburger Truck
Las Vegas, NV

Coming back from a late night rendezvous to support some friends across town with their cover band, we back upon a food truck. I thought it was so cute that my man got so excited that he called it a lunch truck! haha! We had accidentally discovered FUKUBURGER in Chinatown. It was almost midnight and the factors of “discovering” the food truck and having the late night munchies made this delicious points go up. Eating outside with yummy food and listening to hip music made me feel like the “cool” kid in high school.

1. Tamago burger (burger patty, egg over easy, onion strings, teriyaki sauce and furikake) – The yolky egg easily won me over, but the crunch of the onion strings and furikake cemented its win. It wasn’t the tastiest patty ever but definitely texturegasmic.
2. Fuku Moco – this was basically a mini loco moco bowl with an added bonus of bonito flakes and extra oozy yolky egg. Another texture win!
3. Seasoned fries- These were piping hot, extra crispy and perfectly seasoned.

Conclusion: If you have the late night fatty munchies, find fukuburger. 4/5 Beeps.

Tamago burger, seasoned fries, fuku moco bowl by cravingsofafatgirl

You fancy, huh?

Guy Savoy
3570 Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 731-7110

Let me set some disclaimers before I get lampooned for my comments. I enjoy hole in the walls over fine dining any day, but at the same time, I can be won over by fantastic flavors and textures nonetheless. So, if you’re not of the same mindset as me, prolly skip this review all together.

Guy Savoy has been on my radar for the last years for it’s glowing reviews, so being that it was our first time here, we went for the motherlode, the 10-course Menu Prestige. From our experience with previous tasting menus, we knew that we were in for a marathon of eating, so readied our stomachs. (I apologize in advance for my sub par illustrations of each elegant dish, but that’s all my food vocabulary can do. No fancy culinary terms here.)

Pre-meal bonus!
– Foie gras with a teeny tiny piece of toast – teeny tiny toast but with a big burst of fattyliciousness.
– Waffle with melty Parmesan Reggiano Cheese – savory but light and fluffy
– Cream of….. – There were so many cream of somethings, I forgot what this was, but the surprise mini crabcake hiding underneath was fantastic! Crabby seafood essence with just the right seasoning.

10-course Menu Prestige
1. “Eggs All Truffle” – Creamy decadence. First of the theme of Black Truffle. Thin slices of toast buttered with black truffle butter were paired so that we could dunk the tastiness into the yolky tastiness of the quail egg.
2. Langoustines in “Cold Steam” (Tuna Carpaccio) – This was more visually appealing than delicious. The cold steam was very amazing, but I’m not sure I appreciated the full flavors of the dish.
3. Crispy Sea Bass with Delicate Spices – call me a biased but this one did not impress me probably because it was more dry than delicate.
4. “Colors of Caviar” – oh so rich! It was only the 4th course in and I was already full!
5. Foie-Gras “en Papillotte” and Radish Bouillon – The 4″ mound of fat they call Foie-gras picked my appetite back up. Can never have too much of foie gras. It was juicy and oozed with fat. Beware, not for the weak of heart and those who fear fat.
6. Artichoke and Black Truffle Soup – a puree of artichoke with thin shavings of black truffle and parmesan reggiano, paired with….
7. Toasted Mushroom Brioche, and Black Truffle Butter – This was fantastic! The brioche was flaky and buttery and when you add some black truffle butter on it, you can beat the texturegasmic experience.
8. Roasted Poussin (Chicken), Black Truffle Potato Puree, Seasonal Vegetables Braised in Poussin Jus – The black truffle potoato puree was super creamy and of course, black truffle made it exponentially delicious. Is it blasphemous of me to say that costco whole roasted chicken was juicier and more succulent? gasp!
9. Seasonal Vegetables Braised in Veal Jus – Of all the dishes, this was probably the most disappointing. The vegetables were too salty and limp.
10. Fine Cheeses – Almost done! The cheeses are very full of flavor and quite enjoyable. It’s too bad we were filled to the brim!
11. Apple – Our pre-dessert palate cleanser of apple sorbet and another with apple “caviar” and foam. Again, I’m not usually a fan of fruity desserts, so could not enjoy to the fullest.
12. Chocolate Fondant, Crunchy Praline and Chicory Cream – There’s always room for dessert, and for a dessert as fine as this, I was in chocolate heaven. I love how the creamy chocolate fondant paired so well with the crunchy praline layer.

Conclusion: I think our stomachs lost the battle of gluttony in the end, but in a good way. Filled to the brim with quality ingredients and exceptional service. (We definitely had a laugh at our own etiquette mistakes and one waiter’s inability to disguise his disgust at us commoners for those mistakes.) Excellent fine dining. Sure beat my Joel Robuchon experience! Is it worth one visit? Yes. Is it worth going back? Meh, I rather have my hole in the wall or go to the more “casual” French dining with Le Atelier de Joel Robuchon.

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Omg.. Omakase

Aburiya Raku
(702) 367-3511
5030 Spring Mountain Rd
Las Vegas NV 89146

Raku continues to impress each and every time. I took my fiancé for his birthday and chose the secret menu option of OMAKASE. Okay, okay, it’s not really secret, but I love calling unlisted menu options “secret”. I like pretend that I’m part of a secret foodie society of delicious food. My first visit a couple years back was perfect. This last visit just solidified how amazing Raku can be in terms of the consistency and quality of its food. It also helps that the service is always very efficient and friendly.

For omakase, there are three tiers to choose from $50/$75/$125. Being that it was it was for his birthday, I decided to go middle baller style – $75!

1. Saba/Mackerel Sashimi – Mackerel doesn’t have the same reputation of it’s fatty counterpart of Oh Toro, but leave it to Raku to take it up to to the highest notch of freshness. Just a tiny dab of wasabi and the tiniest dab of their house made soy sauce was the perfect combination of flavor.
2. Sashimi Salad with baby spinach, salmon, yellowtail – The best sashimi salad ever because the fish was perfectly fresh, the spinach perfectly crisp, the soy sauce dressing combined with deep fried onions (?) was texturally and flavor wise on point!
3. House Tofu (Chilled) with side of bonito flakes – We had this with a little bit of green tea infused salt. This was our least favorite of the night because we usually like our tofu with sauce, so it was a little dry for our tastes. However, for a purist tofu lover, this is probably a good dish to have this was pure soy goodness.
4. Clams – These were simply cooked in a clay pot. They were a bit on the salty side, but I definitely enjoyed the seafood enfused essence of the clam broth.
5. Unagi Salted and Unagi with light glaze of kabayaki sauce – Raku has introduced me to the true form of unagi. I think that I’ve been eating poor representations of unagi slathered in way too much kabayaki sauce, but this time I know I had the real thing! The dish consisted of delicately grilled fresh water eel, one side lightly salted, one side lightly glazed in kabayaki sauce. Fantastic.
6. Charcoal grill items (Mushroom skewers, Juicy chicken skewers, Pork cheek skewers, Kobe Beef skewers) – Premium ingredients with smoky flavors and not an ounce of dryness or chewiness!
7. Agedashi Tofu – This is our favorite at Raku, and it did not disappoint. It is their house made tofu deep fried and presented in their broth.
8. Raspberry Sorbet – I’m usually not a fruity flavor dessert kind of gal unless it’s fresh cut fruit, so I definitely did not enjoy this to the fullest. The sorbet was more icy than smooth, but definitely had some intense raspberry flavor.

Conclusion: Raku chews up other Japanese restaurants and spits them out kindly, politely and with flourish. They win hands down.

This month’s guilty pleasure list:

Inspired by seriouseats.com and a reiteration of this post and in ode to football junk food, here’s a list of food that is so bad but so good! And in no particular drool worthy order… what are your guilty pleasures?

Cheetos, especially the puffs
McDonald’s filet o’ fish and golden fries
Kraft Mac & Cheese plus some extra slices of American cheese
Commercially packaged powdered donuts
Chef Boyardee …. mmm fake meat
Speaking of fake meat…. SPAM!
Taco Bell’s Fake Meat… ha ha!
Cheddar & Sour Cream Ruffles
Ranch Dressing/Dip
French Onion Dip
Shin Ramen with concentrated “soup”
Kimchi straight from the jar
Cakesters (chocolate or vanilla)
Costco Cheese Pizza
Del Taco Chicken Soft Tacos with Del Inferno Sauce
Panda Express Orange Chicken
Red Robin Seasoned Fries
In N Out Burgers animal style
Costco Cheese Pizza

This post is dedicated to my favorite snack machines, Jana, Brian, Lina and Roy.