Sake Rok

Set your expectations appropriately before dining at this modern Japanese restaurant at the Park next to New York New York. This is the quintessential Las Vegas experience with a show, performed by the servers, that breaks out periodically throughout the night with an engaging MC, great dancers, and plenty of loud music. This isn’t the… Continue reading Sake Rok

Sweet Poké

This is the second location of the Sweet Poke chain. Located across the street for Gelatology and in the same plaza as Creamberry and Coco donuts, it follows the same format as most other local poke/sushi burrito places. They have some house specials or you can build your own. I opted for a regular sized… Continue reading Sweet Poké

To See Roll

This part of the southwest is littered with poke shops almost every block. But, the one I go to time and again has been To See Roll. Like most others, it’s a Subway/Chipotle style of assembling your food starting with a base (black rice is an option), protein, sauces, and toppings. I like the quality… Continue reading To See Roll


You won’t find trendy food at Chabuya, but you will find well crafted, traditional Japanese dishes where many items  are made from scratch in-house. After calling in the early afternoon to make a group reservation, I found out later that they are usually closed Sunday nights but the owner, Danny, was nice enough to stay… Continue reading Chabuya

Kame Omakase

Chef Eric is doing some special stuff in this small space adjacent to his a la carte sushi restaurant, Yummy Grill. There are 8 spots at the omakase counter so if you want to experience it you better plan ahead and get reservations. I dined with friends and once seated we were treated to over… Continue reading Kame Omakase

Naka Sushi

They’ve got high marks on Yelp, but I was disappointed. It’s an AYCE spot off of Lake Mead Blvd. and I found most rolls to be poorly crafted. Rolls were falling apart before even picking them up and they seemed to have an excessive amount of rice. The quality wasn’t great either with one roll… Continue reading Naka Sushi

Sushi Hiro

Located off of Eastern Ave. in the massive shopping plaza with restaurants like Cafe Zupas and Taco y Taco, Sushi Hiro is a welcome addition to the dining scene. Folks in Henderson don’t have to drive to the Strip or China Town for excellent Japanese food. This modest and modern spot has a long sushi… Continue reading Sushi Hiro


Located on the 7th deck in the center of the Norwegian Jade, Teppanyaki shares a host stand with both Jasmin and the sushi bar. The totally enclosed room has 4 hibachi tables and throughout our cruise was always one of the most popular/busy restaurants with little availability. The chef had plenty of energy and lots… Continue reading Teppanyaki

Soho Sushi Bowlrrito

Located just down the street from its sister restaurant, Soho Japanese Restaurant, this sushi burrito spot is one of many in the area. You can build your own bowl or choose one of their signature bowls. I opted for the Waikiki ($8.50) made with ahi tuna, red onion, green onion, furikake, seaweed and sesame soy.… Continue reading Soho Sushi Bowlrrito

Sushi Neko

I’ve found my new favorite all you can eat sushi spot. The quality is much better than similar spots around town, with their well crafted rolls and cooked dishes putting to shame most other AYCE sushi restaurants. The sashimi roll, wrapped in cucumber, was a good mix of flavors with generous cuts of tuna, salmon,… Continue reading Sushi Neko


Kabuto is unlike any other sushi spot in town (with the exception of the newly opened Yui). If you’re going with someone not familiar with the concept, it’s best to explain it in advance and manage expectations. The history behind Kabuto’s edomae sushi (and honestly, I had to look it up too) dates back roughly… Continue reading Kabuto


Another decent AYCE spot. This one takes over the space formerly occupied by 808 Tapas in the plaza at the corner of Ft. Apache and Sahara. Hanabi has a fairly large menu with some items only available a la carte. Nigiri is the way to go here. The quality is pretty good for an AYCE… Continue reading Hanabi

Japanese Curry Zen

At Japanese Curry Zen, you’ll find some good pork katsu lightly breaded and pounded thin. The housemade curry, created from over a dozen spices, has plenty of depth and quite a bit of heat, even when ordered at a gaijin-friendly level 2. White rice serves as a good blank canvas compliment to balance things out.… Continue reading Japanese Curry Zen

Sweets Raku

Sweets Raku is a true gem, a special spot for dessert and wine where the food is as beautiful as it is delicious. Part of the appeal is watching dishes being created in front of you in the open kitchen. This sister restaurant to the nationally acclaimed Raku, located a few doors away in the… Continue reading Sweets Raku

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

There’s some decent barbecue here. I first tried them in Waikiki where I became a fan of this chain. The “cook it yourself” concept serves as a good vehicle for socializing while dining and the Vegas location, located off of Spring Mountain road, is perfect for date nights or gatherings with friends and family. It’s… Continue reading Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

Inyo Asian Variety Restaurant

***Update: business closed*** The buzz may have died down from their opening, but the food at Inyo is still better than most on Spring Mountain road. My unquestioned favorite items are the chicken wings. Flash fried, no breading, with hints of sweetness covering meaty wings, the Japanese tebasaki wings ($4.95 for 4) are superb. Kushi… Continue reading Inyo Asian Variety Restaurant

Katsuya by Starck

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… Continue reading Katsuya by Starck

Ichiban West

***Update: business closed*** Located in the spot previously occupied by Nagoya in the small strip mall in the southwest corner of Tropicana and Fort Apache, Ichiban West was dead inside when we arrived around 6pm on a recent Friday night. It’s a nicely decorated, modern interior with a sushi bar and plenty of tables and… Continue reading Ichiban West

Rainbow Asian Cuisine

Attached to the Best Western in Johnson City, we dined here after arriving around 10pm. Tired from a long drive from northern Virginia to Tennessee, this was our first stop in a cross country trip with our final destination being Las Vegas. There’s a dining area complete with typical Asian motifs; a pool table; bar;… Continue reading Rainbow Asian Cuisine

Ramen Sora

This ramen hot spot was quiet when I walked in  soon after it opened for the day. It was so quiet that all I heard was the sound of happy customer slurping the soups. After trying their miso ramen it was evident why this place is so loved. The broth had plenty of depth, just… Continue reading Ramen Sora