Kyara…. 2nd visit

Kyara
6555 S Jones Blvd
Ste 120
Las Vegas, NV 89118
(702) 569-4405

Now this was the visit I was wanting from the previous visit. Flavors were delicate, yummy and textures were there! For the first time, I thought that the bomb items would naturally come from the “special” menu, but this time, we went with the gut feeling and ordered more instinctively from the main menu. This time is was truly good.

Bonus appetizer:
*Deep fried yamaimo (Mountain Potato) – It was like eating delicate fries. The potato had tempura batter and very lightly salted. Crispy and delicious!

*Albacore w/Drew Special and Tuna Carpaccio- I’m going to group this dish with the Tuna Carpaccio in terms of flavor. Both had tangy sauce that complimented the tuna.
*Agedashi Tofu – Kyara makes a slighty darker and saltier sauce, but I appreciated the delicately fried tofu cubes.
*Eggplant Steak – This was on the saltier side, but I enjoyed it overall
*Butabara – Bacon slices on a stick!!!! Being the piggies that we are, we ordered one order each of the salt and soy sauce/terikyaki-ish versions. I’m a lover of most things greasy and bacon. This was a winner and the soy sauce version was the overall winner of the two.
*Kaisen Chawanmushi (steamed egg custard with seafood) – This was probably our favorite of the evening. The steamed egg custard was perfectly salty infused with the essences of the seafood within it. Slurped it all up.
*Chicken Garlic Ponzu – This is basically a super tender pice of chicken cutlet with my fav flavors of garlic and ponzu.
*Tori Meshi – soboro (seasoned ground chicken) with rice, hearty rice and seasoned chicken. Good!

Conclusion: I am warming up to Kyara. It’s definitely not Raku caliber Japanese tapas, but it will do if you forget to make a reservation for Raku.

Chicken Garlic Ponzu Tuna Carpaccio Tori Meshi Butabara Deep fried yamaimo Agedashi tofu Eggplant Steak

Raku rocks.!!!!

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

This experience rivals the happiness level I experience at Echigo sushi. It was a texture-gasmic experience. Everything nearly melted into my tongue like buttah… mmmmm….. buttahhh….. Raku turned out to live up the hype (minus 1 dish).

The dishes…. *bounce bounce bounce
1. Sea Urchin and Seaweed Soup (Dashi Broth?) – The sea urchin was very fresh and not fishy at all. So, we made a spoonful of the broth with some seaweed and approximately 1 tsp of the precious Uni. I think my eyes just rolled to the back of my head from the wonderful seafood flavor and the tender consistency of the uni. Uni (Sea Urchin) is definitely an acquired taste, but I would recommend that if you were trying for the first time, please go to a place like Raku that gives you the good stuff! mmmm mmmmm!
Sea Urchin and Seaweed Soup

2. Blue Fin Tuna Sashimi – Not quite the best tuna I’ve ever had, but still melted into my mouth regardless… fresh fish is muy bueno.
Blue Fin Tuna

3. Kobe Beef Miso Skewers (1 more garlic, 1 more miso) – After Crapsteak, I’ve been wanting to try some real Kobe Beef. So, these Kobe beef skewers showed me what-it-is – Tender. Juicy. Flavorful. That’s how it should be!
Kobe Beef Miso Skewers

4. Negima (Japanese Sweet Onion)/Chicken Hot Pot – This dish I did not like so much. The broth was tasty but got too salty after drinking more of it. I like salt, but it was too much for me. The cubes of chicken were too dry and gritty for me, but then, I’m not a fan of white meat.
Chicken Hot Pot The Whole Hot pot... very hot!

5. Agedashi Tofu (Homemade Tofu!!!!) – Everyone was talking about this on Yelp. EVERYONE. Guess what? Everyone is soooo right. Fresh made tofu makes such a big difference on texture and flavor. The lightly fried outside layer + the almost creamy inside of the tofu paired with some roe on top = perfect. Definitely, try it. (Broth was the same from the Hot Pot? Still too salty…)
Agedashi Tofu

6. Green Tea Icecream and Green Tea Creme Brulee Topped with Green Tea Icecream – Perfect icecream – not too sweet paired with a not too sweet whipped cream. The Green Tea creme brulee was a nice twist from the traditional kind and still smooth and creamy with the night burnt topped.
Green Tea Creme Brulee + Green Tea Icecream and fluffy not too sweet whipped cream Green Tea Icecream and not too sweet whipped cream

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