Raku rocks.!!!!

(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

p.s. I added some pics for you viewing pleasure for Big Fat Greek Fooooood

most amazing flavors ever.

So, a couple weeks ago, a few of us including paparazzi benny and foodie meesh (moi) went to bar hayama. i went in with no expectations and didn’t really know what the restaurant was about except that it has an extensive sake collection. i was very very pleasantly surprised by this eating experience. not only did the sake taste really good (significant because i don’t even like sake), but all the food was on the OMG caliber of food. this eating experience tops all the asian restaurants i have ever been to. EVER!!

ok, here’s the break down. i’ll try to remember the tastes and thoughts that were running through my mind at the moment, but it has been a couple weeks. so, whatever i write today – picture that x 5.

Toshi’s Special yellow tail sashimi with myouga – i don’t know what myouga is, but whatever it is, this was good and fresh and tasty fish. not just yellow tail sashimi, but yellow tail sashimi plus some yummy sauce
Toshi's Special yellow tail sashimi with myouga

Sauteed shishitou – they’re little japanese peppers – again, with the yummy sauce and good veggie
Sauteed shishitou

Sauteed black cod fish with mushroom ponzu butter sauce – If i had to pick one dish from the entire night to eat over and over again, this is it. the fish was so tender! it literally melted in your mouth. to top it off everyone wanted to lick the plate because the butter ponzu sauce was so good. so, we did what any other asian would do. we order rice to mop it up! that was gooooooood rice. see picture of rice –> Rice
Sauteed black cod fish with mushroom ponzu butter sauce

Main Lobster dynamite – fabulous, and i don’t even like lobster usually because it’s tough. this was tender and scrumptious!
Main Lobster dynamite>

Crispy rice and spicy tuna with balsamic vinegar sauce – the mixture of textures of this dish was very nice. crunchy rice, spicy tuna and a slight kick and sweetness of the balsamic vinegar sauce
crispy rice & spicy tuna with balsamic vinegar sauce

Steak Oscar – tender pieces of steak. TENDER.
Steak Oscar

Seafood ceviche a la yama – this was the only dish that was just okay. the flavors was just so so. *shrug* perhaps if it was overshadowed by the other dishes, it might was ranked higher.
Seafood Ceviche a la Yama

Tired of reading, yet? Here’s the dessert!

Banana tempura with vanilla icecream – Ever have some sort of tempura dessert and the tempura comes out all soft and fluffy and yucky? well this time was perfect. the tempura was freshly fried, crispy and hot on the outside, and the banana was warm and sweet on the inside, and all a cold bite of fresh vanilla icecream. mmmm mmmm!
banana tempura with vanilla icecream

Strawberry crepe with custard cream and whipped cream – need i elaborate on this yumminess? i think not.
strawberry crepe with custard cream & whipped cream

here’s a couple more pics of the place and the receipt i used to take my food notes on …-
Receipt of Notes Flames Mood

for more good food finds go here. bar hayama featured.

Now that i’ve hyped it up too much, go try it and tell me what you think! it’s a bit pricey, but for this omg-experience. worth it… great ambience, good service and amazing food – take your honey on a date!

Bar Hayama
1803 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90025

REVISIT: 11.06.2008 – “Disappointment”