If you’re a fan of modern Japanese — the kind that Nobu made popular and places like Social House re-interpreted — you’ll love the food at Soho. The chef owner is the former executive chef at Social House and has brought his fusion-style of cooking to the ‘burbs. That means Strip-quality food at off-Strip prices.

The strip mall location is nothing special and the interior is quaint and understated. But, it’s the food that shines at this establishment. You can’t go wrong with the yellowtail yuzu soy ($10) — six slices of fish in a house-made sauce with tempura jalapenos, cilantro, and garlic dust.

The tostadas are served on top of crispy taro chips. The tuna tostada ($2) is a Hawaiian poke with a touch of avocado creme, red onions, and cilantro. The fragility of the taro chip may make it difficult to eat, but your taste buds will thank you. The hamachi tostada ($2) has a bolder flavor thanks to the salsa verde, but is equally as good.

The gyoza ($5) boasts a filling of angus beef, Chinese leeks, and cabbage. While I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between Angus and non-Angus beef in this dish, it was another savory and satisfying item and a bargain at one dollar per dumpling.

The miso marinated black cod ($18) is as good as any I’ve had on or around the Strip (including the one at Nobu). The understated sweetness of the sauce and the flakiness of the fish make it an outstanding dish.

The variety of rolls may be limited, but the quality and execution is solid. This is not an all you can eat place, so expect to spend a little more for a higher end product.

The subtle sweetness and silky creaminess of the vanilla creme brulee ($5) was a great way to end the meal. If chocolate is your thing, try the chocolate mousse ($7). It’s the perfect balance of sweet and bitter chocolate with cocoa crumbles and cookie pieces to add variety in texture.

The chef/owner stopped by to chat, which is always a nice touch to show that he cares about the diner’s experience. With beautifully presented and well crafted food, Soho is a welcome addition to the local scene. For people on a budget, like myself, it’s just another reason to dine in the ‘burbs instead of the Strip.

5 Stars

7377 S Jones Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89139
(702) 776-7778

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