Ahh… modern Japanese, straight out of LA. One thing is certain when you visit this restaurant (make that three): the food will be beautiful, the space will be beautiful, and it will be jaw-droppingly expensive relative to the portion size.

True to form, the yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño ($21) is both beautiful and tiny with just enough sauce to enhance the flavor of the fish without overpowering it. The octopus carpaccio ($19), after you dig it out from under the lemon herb relish, is firm and slightly chewy. The spicy albacore sashimi ($19) is excellent, but like the octopus is buried under other ingredients. In contrast, the wage sashimi ($18) is accompanied by a minimal amount of other ingredients that let the savoriness of the lightly seared beef shine.

Service was informative and friendly, without the pushiness to order more. Cocktails, including the watermelon cucumber mojito ($15) went down way too fast.

In the end, we got what we were expecting — small, delicious dishes at typical Strip pricing that will bleed your wallet dry if you want to leave full. Locals should be on the lookout for SBE Sundays when they offer locals a discount.

4 Stars

SLS Hotel and Casino
2535 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 761-7611

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