5040 Spring Mountain Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89146
[Update: Returned 12/1/2012 and I found that the fish quality was better but still not phenomenal by any means. The rice was warmer and fluffier. The fish was cut better. I attribute the last two listed improvements to the newer chef, we’ll call “The Rookie Chef.” We’ll call the once who cuts fish poorly and makes poor rice balls for the nigiri “The Amateur,” who was the one who was our chef for listed visit below on 10/3/2012) I wish we had Gen san the owner, but he was on the other side of the bar serving other guests. I was disappointed as the restaurant got busier and our service was switched from Rookie Chef to Amateur Chef. The final blow that made me not was to return was when he made our crab hand rolls and proceeded to finish the two rolls all at once before handing us the sushi. What were the ramifications of that? Well, the nori was soggy! The whole point of sitting at the bar is to get handed sushi almost immediately from the chef’s hands, is it not? Disappointed. Just disappointed.]
[Update: We returned once again (10/3/2012) and boy was I disappointed this time. Number one mistake: did not sit at the bar, so we did not get fresh right from the Chef’s hand. Fish was decidedly not super fresh and not cut very well. The rice was not warm, fluffy and chewy – perhaps even cold? Where was our delicately brushed aged soy sauce? Absolutely disappointing. Poor quality – minuscule portion size even for nigiri sushi. We might as well be eating at a sushi buffet.]
Simple. Elegant. Delicious. Omakase was “Oh-my-gah-se” Har har.
Finally, real sushi has made an appearance in Las Vegas. It joins other Japanese restaurants (Monta, Raku, Trattoria Nakamura) seemingly making a name for themselves and revitalizing a dump of a plaza it used to be.
Kabuto offers fresh, simple but thoughtfully created dishes. I won’t list everything that I ate because somehow once the first piece of nigiri sushi hit my tongue, I forgot to take pictures and was just floating in my own sushi heaven. Gives me reason to return again.
Conclusion: Thank you Sushi Gods. Edomae sushi here in Las Vegas at last. =)
Bachi Burger – Summerlin Location
9410 W. Sahara Ave. Ste150
Las Vegas, NV 89117
Hooray! Bachi Burger, the famous fusion burger joint in town has expanded and landed in the west side of town. Hearty burgers and delicious sides were calling my name!
Walking in, looks like they’ve done a swell job of decorating. It looks modern, clean, hip and still features photography from artists posted on their walls. Service was snappy, responsive and done with a genuine smile.
On to the food!
1. Calamari – Bachi Burger has taken this appetizer to a new level. The bits of squid are fried delicately and they stay crunchy. Tossed in are bits of mint, grilled cherry tomatoes and slices of grilled lemon, turning the dish into something light and flavor blasted. The sauces paired were the traditional tartare sauce and a green chili sauce. What I found was the best flavor combo? Double dipping the tarter and the chili sauce!
2. Ronin Burger – My Angus Beef was juicy and tender. The caramelized onions and miso goma dressing enhanced the beef flavor. The Japanese Cole Slaw added the perfect refreshing crunch and the runny yolk from the fried egg always add a extra bonus factor – GOOEY!. If the sauces inside weren’t enough, I also chose to dunk the burger in the citrus aioli for an extra flavor blast.
3. Miyagi Burger – Is this a new one? I’m not sure that I’ve seen it at the other location, but this tasty as well. Where the Ronin provided a “refreshing” burger (if burgers could be refreshing), the Miyagi provided a “extra savory” experience. It too had a juicy meat patty and a fried egg, but what makes this one stand out is the sea aroma from the furikake. Mmmm mmmm seaweed bonus.
4. Truffle Parmesan fries – Of course we need some spuds to go with our burgers! This is a seriously addicting side dish. Shoestring fries drizzled with their special concoction of truffle oil and sprinkled with parmesan cheese.
Conclusion: These past few years have grown in the fusion food world, and Bachi brings it to the next level with the excellent quality of food and service. They have this new location dialed in!