Fresh Udon – Marugame Monzo

Marugame Monzo
Address: 3889 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89102
Phone: (702) 202-1177

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ITEMS TRIED: SEA URCHIN CREAM UDON, ZARU UDON, KAKE UDON, UDON, CARBONARA UDON, KAKE UDON, NEGITORO BOWL

The second of it’s kind in Vegas for made from scratch Udon, Marugame Monzo hails from Los Angeles offering slurpable bowls of udon of many styles and flavors.(I-naba has sadly come and gone). With the exit of I-naba, I guess you can call Monzo the ONLY fresh udon joint in town. While I still think of Sanuki No Sato in Gardena as the best Udon, Monzo falls in the “very-good-for-Vegas” category. It is not the best ever where the udon lacks some bouncy chew, but it certainly very overall tasty.

3/5 Beeps

Edomae Sushi at Yui

Yui
3460 Arville St
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 202-2408
yuisushi.com/index.html

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Move over Kabuto, there’s another Edomae sushi badass in town. Yui is it! For some reason, 4 out of 4 times we went to Kabuto, it was not at all a good experience (that’s another story to tell another day). Hubby and I have found Yui opened by Chef Gen-San formerly of Kabuto, and of the two visits so far, we have NOT been disappointed. We have experienced fantastically fresh fish and warm, chewy, and fluffy sushi rice. I don’t know about y’all, but a big part of my sushi experience is good sushi rice. Yui’s got that right. If you want top quality nigiri and sashimi, Yui is the place to be!

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Soho Japanese Burritos

Soho Japanese Burritos (previously Jaburrito??)
2600 W Sahara Ave, Ste 115
Las Vegas, NV 89102
Phone number (702) 778-2525
jaburritos.com

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Happy new year everyone! Sorry, I’ve been gone for a while. It was a crazy good end of the year full of good eats that I need to catch you guys up on. Behold – Soho Japanese Burrito.

A giant sushi roll? Yes, please! Soho Japanese Burritos (previously known as Jaburrito) is created by Chef Jon of Soho Sushi fame and has brought a trend into Vegas that is bomb. The idea is similar to joints like Chipotle or Bradduh’s Island Style where you pick you type of wrap or pick your bowl and choose your protein. With Soho Japanese Burritos, you get to choose a soy wrap or seaweed wrap, and pick your sushi grade fish! If you have trouble concocting your own, Chef has already created tried and true dreamy combinations for you to choose from. Hubby chose the Redondo with highlights of ahi tuna, salmon, yellow tail and crispy tortilla chips. I went with the Long Beach which had spicy tuna, shrimp tempura and creamy gaucamole. The special burrito/sushi roller packs everything nice and tight and makes each bite delicious.

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4.5/5 beeps!

Yojie Japanese Fondue

Yojie Japanese Fondue
Village Square
9400 W Sahara Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89117
http://www.yojie.com/
(702) 445-7008

Japanese Shabu Shabu is one of my favorite cuisines to eat because 1. it just tastes so clean and fresh! 2. it’s a DIY 3. the sauces! it’s all about the sauces. For those unfamiliar with shabu shabu, it is basically a type of meal where you cook your food in a pot of liquid of your choice, either water, sukiyaki or other savory soup bases. You shabu shabu (swish, swish in Japanese) your vegetables and protein to you liking, dip it in your favorite sauce and gobble up!

Yojie is a new joint in the west side of town, and I love how it’s new, clean, modern and it’s got all the right details. Chopstick wrappers are coordinated with their napkins graphically (neat!). Alkaline water used for cooking your food and/or drinking. It’s got a hip atmosphere with art on the walls. Customer service is excellent, and if you have the pleasure of meeting Anton, one of the owners, he is just the coolest guy. Their tea maker is empties directly from the bottom of the vessel, and you just have to see it. They have a cool little sesame grinder.

On to the food! Here at the restaurant you have different combination plates where you can choose between seafood, vegetables, chicken, pork and beef. For me, I went with Yojie’s Cut of angus beef in the geisha size (second size up from the smallest) with goma and ponzu sauce in which I totally double dip in both! For dessert, we had the white chocolate green tea fondue with cakes and fruits. The sweetness of the white chocolate was balanced out with the fresh organic fruits and yummy chunks of cake, homemade marshmallows and rice crispy treats.

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Oops. I ate all my meat before I remembered to take a picture. Gobble Gobble!

Fish N Bowl

Fish N Bowl
7225 S Durango Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89113
(702) 739-3474

Fish N Bowl is the perfect lunch time getaway from the office. You get filling fusion Japanese dishes in a fun and laid back environment. Again, as big gluttonous pigs we are, we are ordered way too much food.

Creamy Uni in a spoon – You get three, creamy “butters of the sea”
Tempura Bacon – Wowsa! This was a huge plate of deep fried bacon.
Crunchy Fish Tacos – Fresh, crunchy, tangy
FNB Chirashi Bowl – Not your traditional chirashi bowl. This has a Korean inspired twist with picked veggies and marinated fish.
Garlic White Fish – Flaky, garlicky with crunchy, bright vegetables.

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p.s. No alcohol available here.

For The Tonkatsu Lover

Tonkatsu Kiyoshi
7780 S Jones Blvd
Ste 103
Las Vegas, NV 89139
(702) 837-7300
tonkatsukiyoshi.com

Happy Chinese New Year, everyone! Hope the new year brings you wellness, fortune and of course, good food!

Vegas never ceases to amaze me with off the beaten path finds. Just when you think, “what kind of GOOD food could exist out in the ‘burbs,” something pops up and begins roots of becoming food famous. Then you think, “No, no, no. Don’t become too famous because that means we will have to wait for a table!” At the end of last year, DW Bistro was that gem, and obviously, hoards of people line up for Saturday morning brunch.

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Tonkatsu Kiyoshi is my first gem of 2014. As the name describes, this is a katsu-ya, a restaurant specifically for the delicacy of katsu, which is usually deep fried breaded chicken or pork, or in the case of this restaurant’s namesake, TONkatsu for breaded and deep fried PORK cutlet.

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If you have had my share of tonkatsu and chicken katsu, it can be a spectrum of quality. Either it’s too greasy and chewy, breading falling off or at Tonkatsu Kiyoshi, it is wonderfully crispy, golden, light and juicy. As an added bonus, you can mix your own sauce and grind your own sesame powder with provided mortar and pestles. Dip away with your own concoction. If you’re just in the mood to chow down and not worry about the sauce, I would also recommend trying out their curry. This is honestly the best Japanese curry that I’ve had in VEGAS. Other places have popped up previous to them opening like Curry Zen and Kaba Curry, but they don’t compare at all to the katsu curry here.

Conclusion: Amazing texture, amazing flavor, great value. Now, DO NOT go there, and make it super busy for my selfish reasons. 😉

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Sweets Raku
5040 W Spring Mountain Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89146
(702) 290-7181

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Desserts, delicate and light
Restroom fantastic

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Amuse Bouche: Raspberry Sorbet with Mint Jelly
Apollo: Chocolate Mousse, Raspberry Mousse, Custard, Chocolate Sponge Cake, Earl Grey Ice Cream, Crispy Chocolate Rice Square, Meringue
Veil: Warm, Custard Filled Buttery Flaky “Pie” – The aroma of butter was amazing.
Petit Fours: Chocolate soufflé, raspberry and passion fruit geleé. – A beautiful waterfall of liquid dark chocolate oozed gracefully out.

Conclusion: Luxurious dessert in a fun, casual environment.

Upscale Katsu at Kimukatsu

Kimukastu
AQUA Waikiki Joy Hotel
320 Lewers St
Honolulu, HI 96815
Neighborhood: Waikiki
(808) 922-1129
http://www.kimukatsu.com

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There was a part of my brain that somehow associated deep fried foods with cheap and lower “quality” food, but trying the tonkatsu (breaded deep fried pork) at Kimukatsu has reset that part of the brain. Tonkatsu can be fancy!

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Nestled near downtown Waikiki, Kimukatsu produces some delicious well breaded and light tonkatsu and other katsu type dishes. We ordered the classic tonkatsu and kobe beef katsu. If you looked closely at the photo of the tonkatsu, you can see that there are actually many different layers of the pork, as if they’ve painstakenly shaved the meat layer by layer and put it back together to form the patty. Is that the key to airy feel when biting into the meat? The kobe katsu was also delicious to eat. It was more robust in flavor and also had a similar delicate crunchy breading. The refreshing salad on the side was the perfect accompaniment to balance out the hot in temperature katsu.

Conclusion: You haven’t had good katsu until Kimukatsu.