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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Eye rolling fresh fish

Echigo
12217 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 201
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 820-9787

Chef Toshi never disappoints with Omakase. Albeit, we’ve eaten pretty much the same variety of fish for the last few years here like the usual butter fish, Kanpachi and toro, but I can still appreciate it each and every single time because the quality fish and the fluffy pillows of warm rice are so eye rolling good. Lastly, how can you not fall in love with Echigo after having that first bite into your freshly rolled crab hand roll. Heaven in a sheet of nori. *dreamy food coma look*

Yes yes, Nozawa with sushi Nazi is great Sasabune is fun and yummy. It ain’t no Nobu. However, Echigo is my go to Omakase in LA for the fresh fish, the price and unassuming atmosphere. Don’t make it your first date place if you’re looking for ambience. However, if you want melt-in-your-mouth sushi for a reasonable price, Echigo is the way to go.
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I’m with Laosy L (on yelp). I heart Echigo forever. 5/5 beepz

Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar

Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar
1881 S. Kihei Road
Suite Kt
Kihei, HI 96753
(808) 879-0004

The high ratings on yelp brought us into this sushi/seafood joint. Looking at the crowd, the place seems very popular among some locals and a lot of tourists.

So here’s what we had:
1. Sansei’s dynamite shrimp – The server said that this was one like most popular appetizers. I can see why. It was similar walnut shrimp but with spicy kick and a dash if ponzu/teriyaki reduction sauce. Crunchy and fun to eat, but I think the shrimp pieces were on the smaller size.
2. Dk’s crab ramen with black truffle butter dashi – The piggy in me got sucked in by the words “truffle” and “award winning”. Do not get sucked in by that. The noodles were over done and wayyy soggy.
3. Chili porcini mushroom crusted filet of beef tenderloin – This was also overdone. We ordered medium rare and it was most definitely medium.
4. Panko crusted seabass – All I remember about this was the mediocre sauce.
5. Macadamia nut crusted Ono – I enjoyed the way they prepares this fish because it had a nice curry kick with the crust on it.
6. Fried macadamia nut icecream – very creamy icecream with crispy outside. I definitely appreciate it when the tempura batter is crispy rather than mushy.

I apologize for the blurry pics… i hate flash ….
Dynamite Shrimp by cravingsofafatgirl Dk's crab ramen with black truffle butter dashi by cravingsofafatgirl Macadamia nut crusted Ono by cravingsofafatgirl

Conclusion: I think most of the dishes had average flavor and preparation, but the appeal of the place comes from the social scene and fun sushi bar. 3.25/5 beeps.

Got Robbed

Bar Masa
Aria Hotel & Casino
3730 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV
(866) 359-7111

Yes, it’s supposed to be another outpost of Chef Masayoshi and his famous Masa in New York, but somehow I can’t help but feel that we got seriously robbed. As evidence of an uncrowded Saturday night, I think other people realized this, too.

What went down:
1. Akanustu deep sea snapper in ponzu sauce – This was our first dish that came out and was highly recommended by the server. It totally turned me off because I felt that the ponzu sauce was overpowering the fish. All I could taste was ponzu sauce.
2. Kobe beef skewers – Very tender, very tasty and at least we got 5 skewers with one order.
3. Blue fin toro, Kanpachi and Uni nigiri- good but I’ve definitely had better and a thicker piece cut for me
4. Peking duck and foie GRAS fried rice – fatty, fatty glory. Very tasty.
5. Seared Tuna Steak – Highly recommended but a tad too fishy for me. 🙁 Even the BF did not like it and he usually likes ALL seared ahi tuna.
6. Black cod with daikon – Highly recommended by another server over the white miso cod. The fish was super tender but I didn’t enjoy the sweet soy sauce flavor. That’s just me. Perhaps, others will enjoy the sweetness.
7. Uni risotto with with black truffle – Our most expensive dish of the night and the one I had highest hopes for because of the delicious ingredients of Uni AND black truffle. I was severely disappointed. I experienced the opposite of what kevineats had with his Uni risotto. His was overcooked. Ours was undercooked and too al dente. I could appreciate the flavor of the Uni but it overpowered the black truffle. However, I was disappointed with the texture fail. It looked like what Cantonese people would call “yut pet see” = A pile of poop. Very visually unappealing, and I couldn’t make my Chinese self scrape up the rest and not waste it!

Conclusion: Trying too hard to be cool and trendy with the decor (Don’t get me wrong. I do appreciate modern decor), fancy shmancy servings rocks and awkward serving crates (Was that supposed to be visually appealing?). Cool and trendy comes at a big price tag for the check and certainly, always turns me off. All the food was pretty tasty but for the price, I felt like we were SUPPOSED to be on cloud nine. For the same amount AND quality of food, I would have been much happier at Raku, which I feel certainly can beat Bar Masa at quality any day. Not going back. Zero/5 beeps for feeling robbed.

Due to my poor pictures, take a look at this blog. It has very good pictures on the decor and how all the dishes were presented and served.
http://www.kevineats.com/2009/12/bar-masa-las-vegas-nv.htm

Mild Sushi Fever

Sushi Fever
(702) 838-2927
7985 W Sahara Ave Ste 105
Las Vegas, NV 89117

Turned off by the thought that it is indeed the trendy sushi place to be, but also attracted to it because EVERYONE says it’s sooooo good, I finally gave in and went to sushi fever.

Being in Las Vegas, I have incredibly low expectations for the caliber of fresh fish. So, in I went, wondering what all the buzz was about this place. The patrons and atmosphere was definitely indicative of a “trendy” place for sushi. ’nuff about the atmosphere, tho. On to the food…

1. 25 Piece Sashimi Platter – Ahi Tuna, White Tuna, Albacore, Yellowtail and Salmon. Actually pretty good! Not fishy at all AND how did that happen on a Sunday?! (The White Tuna was very cold and had a very refrigerated texture. However, the refrigerated texture was saved by the fattiness.)
2. “Dale Earnheart” Sushi Roll – Never had this combination before and I like it. Tuna and tamago (egg) and the outside with spicy crab right underneath wrapped around a deep fried soft shell crab roll with a side of spicy ponzu sauce. Pretty tasty.
3. Dragon Roll – Standard unagi and avocado roll with loads of yum yum sauce. Meh. Been there, done that.

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Conclusion: Not bad at all for rolls. Naked Fish still wins hands down for quality of fish. 3/5 beeps. (Echigo still numbah 1 in my heart! *Nozawa is pretty mutha’ beepin’ good, too. Yes, I am of the sushi lover faction of just having melt-in-my-mouth nigiri or sashimi.)

Naked Fish are so sexy!

Nah… not really sexy, but oh so dericious! I think this is the place to go for rolls. It’s not smothered with the yum yum sauce but something else ponzu-esque. p.s. although i question the freshness of any fish in vegas, the Toro was almost fantastic. very fatty.

Naked Fish
3945 S Durango Dr, Suite A6
Las Vegas NV 89147

I know. I know… I already blogged about it, but we can always re-visit oldies but goodies with pictures! =)

1. Gyoza – can’t hate the deepfried goodness
2. Red dragon – good ‘ol dragon roll dressed up with some tuna
3. Roppongi – deep fried tempura shrimp with tuna on top and ponzu-esque spicy sauce
4. Soft Shell Crab Salad – deep fried soft shell crab. ’nuff said
5. Hamachi/Yellowtail Collar – standard but good
6. GT-R! – JEE- TEE… ARRRUUUU… ahhahahahahhah…. japapeno, and spicy tuna. oishii!
7. Yellowtail Jalapeno – spicy with yellowtail
8. Ultimate Naked! – Avocado, shrimp, tempura shrimp. nom nom nom!

Dessert @ KONA GRILL!!!
1. ULTIMATE FUDGE BROWNIE – warm cakie giant brownie with a scoop of vanilla icecream. sugar high to the max
2. Banana Pudding – smooth banana pudding with merengue on top (?)

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Thanksgiving nom nom’s

Fat Girl’s Thanksgiving 2008 Food Adventures…. (minus BIMI which is closed on sunday! i was going to try a new restaurant…. *whine…) anyhoo. oldies but goodies (Class 302, Echigo, Din Tai Fung, Sapp Coffee Shop) always hits the spot – lots of noodles and chinese breakfast items + one newbie (Yung Ho Restaurant)

Class 302 – oh boy. tho i’ve never had metal boxed lunches, but sitting in an old school chinese classroom replica and in cute little wooden desks brought feelings of nostalgiat that i shouldn’t have, strange feeling, but tasty!! sorry… i was so huungry i forgot to take pictures! next time, i promise. the box lunch i had had crispy chicken roll (ji juen), chinese sausage, and minced pork and pickled veggies.
1015 S. Nogales St, #125
Rowland Heights CA 91748

Echigo click for old post. and pics. winner winner as usual or as I like to say “weener!”. “crab hand roll.” do i need to say more?
12217 Santa Monica Blvd #201
Los Angeles CA 90025

Yung Ho – known for decent chinese breakfast, dou jiang, you tiao, etc. etc. it was decently yummy. we had onion pancake/cong you bing, beef noodle/hong xiao niu rou mian, sweet soy milk and xiao bing
533 W Valley Blvd
San Gabriel, CA 91778

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Din Tai Fung – yea baby! juicy pork dumplings. you know this texture whore luvs it. the thin hand rolled skin. the juicy pork filling. the hot broth that squirts out of the dumpling! omgoodness nom nom’s
1108 S. Baldwin Ave
Arcadia CA 91007

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Sapp Coffee Shop – anthony bourdain likes it. i like it. my thai friend likes it. winner? i think so! flavor burst of noodles and beef beefy spicy goodness. i think the broth is so precious that they give you just enough to cover the noodles and meat. i slurped up everything. EVERYTHING.
5183 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90027

thai boat noodles!