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  • Post #61 - October 2nd, 2013, 2:15 pm
    Post #61 - October 2nd, 2013, 2:15 pm Post #61 - October 2nd, 2013, 2:15 pm
    TonyC wrote:Headed back for a day's worth, and this time, I'm just totally uninspired by the dining prospects. Will visit Fifty50 to pay tribute to McClain (I used to walk by Spring almost daily), will probably down a few pieces of late night hikari mono at Kabuto, may take the cooking Thai bubbe in my household to mock the prices/food at LoS, but beyond that, I'm tapped out.

    Any one have anything new on the radar? Is Due Forni worth the trek down to Summerlin? That Eater 38 list is of no help.


    Have you been to Monta and/or Raku?

    Raku
    5030 W.Spring Mountain Rd #2
    Las Vegas, NV 89146
    (702) 367-3511

    Monta Ramen
    5030 Spring Mountain Rd
    Las Vegas, NV 89146
    (702) 367-4600
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #62 - October 2nd, 2013, 4:28 pm
    Post #62 - October 2nd, 2013, 4:28 pm Post #62 - October 2nd, 2013, 4:28 pm
    stevez wrote:
    TonyC wrote:Headed back for a day's worth, and this time, I'm just totally uninspired by the dining prospects. Will visit Fifty50 to pay tribute to McClain (I used to walk by Spring almost daily), will probably down a few pieces of late night hikari mono at Kabuto, may take the cooking Thai bubbe in my household to mock the prices/food at LoS, but beyond that, I'm tapped out.

    Any one have anything new on the radar? Is Due Forni worth the trek down to Summerlin? That Eater 38 list is of no help.


    Have you been to Monta and/or Raku?

    Raku
    5030 W.Spring Mountain Rd #2
    Las Vegas, NV 89146
    (702) 367-3511

    Monta Ramen
    5030 Spring Mountain Rd
    Las Vegas, NV 89146
    (702) 367-4600


    As much as I like both of those places, I still think Ichiza is the one Vegas/Japanese food must (said having not been to Kabuto).

    Maybe not quite *cool*, but Colicchio's new place at the Mirage is on my short list.
    Think Yiddish, Dress British - Advice of Evil Ronnie to me.
  • Post #63 - October 2nd, 2013, 6:08 pm
    Post #63 - October 2nd, 2013, 6:08 pm Post #63 - October 2nd, 2013, 6:08 pm
    Enjoy Kabuto - big fan. If you're not eager for LoS, maybe try Chada? I haven't been so I can't judge, but curious to try it.
  • Post #64 - October 2nd, 2013, 6:16 pm
    Post #64 - October 2nd, 2013, 6:16 pm Post #64 - October 2nd, 2013, 6:16 pm
    stevez wrote:Have you been to Monta and/or Raku?

    Big fan of Raku, but I'm all ramen'd out here in LA in the last 3 years.

    Vital Information wrote:As much as I like both of those places, I still think Ichiza is the one Vegas/Japanese food must.

    Maybe not quite *cool*, but Colicchio's new place at the Mirage is on my short list.

    read your Ichiza rec earlier. Been couple of times, enjoyed myself, but still don't agree. :oops: There are many izakayas in the/my city, including a Shinsen Gumi right down the road, and most of 'em are on the same plane as Ichiza. Plus, the rowdy "kids" make me postal.

    Re: New Coliccio at Mirage looks secksy. And not loud. Craft LA's badass MFer of a pastry chef helped on the dessert menu. I'm there. Thanks!

    BR wrote:maybe try Chada?
    I'd rather stab my eyeball repeatedly with an ice pick.
  • Post #65 - October 2nd, 2013, 6:20 pm
    Post #65 - October 2nd, 2013, 6:20 pm Post #65 - October 2nd, 2013, 6:20 pm
    TonyC wrote:
    BR wrote:maybe try Chada?
    I'd rather stab my eyeball repeatedly with an ice pick.

    So I take it you've been and had a bad experience?
  • Post #66 - October 2nd, 2013, 6:37 pm
    Post #66 - October 2nd, 2013, 6:37 pm Post #66 - October 2nd, 2013, 6:37 pm
    ^^^ not at all. On (very low) moral principles alone. Thankfully, there's Kabuto.
  • Post #67 - October 11th, 2013, 5:14 pm
    Post #67 - October 11th, 2013, 5:14 pm Post #67 - October 11th, 2013, 5:14 pm
    A recent (and short-term) transplant to Las Vegas from Chicago, checking in...

    For those interested in additional Japanese options, I would strongly, strongly recommend Yonaka.

    Yonaka
    4983 W Flamingo Rd
    Ste A
    Las Vegas, NV 89103
  • Post #68 - March 17th, 2014, 9:16 pm
    Post #68 - March 17th, 2014, 9:16 pm Post #68 - March 17th, 2014, 9:16 pm
    rtb178 wrote:A recent (and short-term) transplant to Las Vegas from Chicago, checking in...

    For those interested in additional Japanese options, I would strongly, strongly recommend Yonaka.

    Yonaka
    4983 W Flamingo Rd
    Ste A
    Las Vegas, NV 89103

    Please tell me more about Yonaka, what you like about it, how it compares to other Japanese spots in town, etc. While I'm already booked at Raku & Kabuto, I might go a little light with dinner at Raku and have a later "dessert" at Yonaka.
    I find the pastrami to be the most sensual of all the salted, cured meats. (Seinfeld)

    Twitter: brbinchicago
  • Post #69 - October 30th, 2017, 7:21 am
    Post #69 - October 30th, 2017, 7:21 am Post #69 - October 30th, 2017, 7:21 am
    Hadn't been to Vegas in at least 14 years, might have been 24, just not a place I strive to travel to anymore. On Saturday night, a large group of us (~50) dined at Momofuku by David Chang. We had a set menu but there were some nice choices.

    Shishito Peppers - smoked salt, lime
    Spicy Cucumbers - togarashi, toasted almond
    Shrimp Cocktail - cocktail sauce & sweet/spicy mayo
    Wedgeless Salad - apple, radish, bacon, ranch
    Ginger Scallion noodles - pickled shitake, cucumber
    Dry Roasted Mussels - Benton's bacon, Momofuku furikake
    Bo Ssam - slow roasted pork shoulder w/oysters, rice, bibb lettuce, kimchi, hoisin, ssam sauce, ginger scallion sauce
    Spicy Cod Hot Pot - filet steamed over mung bean noodles in spiced broth w/hint of Sichuan pepper, garnished with tomato, carrots, peppers, chillies

    Food was quite good to excellent overall, with highlights for me being the spicy cucumbers, mussels, hot pot, bo ssam.

    Didn't appreciate the shrimp cocktail, wedgeless salad, ginger scallion noodles (just not much interesting or well executed with these three mentioned dishes)

    Momofuku (in Cosmopolitan Casino/hotel)
    https://www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com/re ... s/momofuku

    -
    I did absolutely nothing and it was everything I thought it could be.
  • Post #70 - October 30th, 2017, 8:58 am
    Post #70 - October 30th, 2017, 8:58 am Post #70 - October 30th, 2017, 8:58 am
    I'll include off-strip here but for 3-4 days in Vegas annually, my dining choices run to simple tastes & pretty much depends on where I stay, which most often is The Mirage. If that's the case, I usually can be found at one of these:

    Tom Colicchio's Heritage Steak (Mirage)--wonderful room, great service, every item done exquisitely

    Japonais (Mirage)--wanted not to like this, but it's fun & tapas-style done quite well

    Mon Ami Gabi (Paris)--their patio on LV Blvd across from the Bellagio fountains is the best people-watching in town. Melman quality & service, top-notch

    Settebello (Henderson location only)--favorite Napolitan pizza outside of Naples

    In-N-Out Burger (various)--usually last meal before driving to McCarran--the best


    That being said, I have given up on a couple places--Battista's Hole-In-The-Wall, because even though it's old Vegas and still has Gordy the accordion player, the quality has declined considerably. Also, Hugo's Cellar (4 Queens) used to be a favorite but the waiters have gotten a little surly and the place somehow feels more claustrophobic with advancing age!
  • Post #71 - October 30th, 2017, 9:57 am
    Post #71 - October 30th, 2017, 9:57 am Post #71 - October 30th, 2017, 9:57 am
    Japonais at Mirage closed a few months ago (https://vegas.eater.com/2017/3/20/14972960/japonais-closes-mirage). The Japanese replacement may very well be similar though.

    As soon as I had Yellowtail at Bellagio (at north entrance, closest to Flamingo Rd), the Japanese-on-the-strip question was answered. I've been there 6-7 times since first try in 2008, and have never been let down.
  • Post #72 - October 30th, 2017, 5:06 pm
    Post #72 - October 30th, 2017, 5:06 pm Post #72 - October 30th, 2017, 5:06 pm
    Off the strip in the Chinatown area is a great Korean BBQ place called Hoback.

    http://hobakkoreanbbq.com/

    The "Combo" meals are outstanding. Reasonably priced for the amounts of food that you get. They include all the Ban chan, salad, grilled meats and desert. Staff is friendly and does most of the cooking for you at your table. Re-fills of ban chan or salad are plentiful if desired. We have gone here the last few times we were in vegas (including last week) and have never been disappointed. If you have shows/entertainment planned for "dinner-time", a late lunch here is a great option, as it's less crowded and the amounts of food will easily hold you over until a meal/snack after the show.
  • Post #73 - September 1st, 2018, 1:59 pm
    Post #73 - September 1st, 2018, 1:59 pm Post #73 - September 1st, 2018, 1:59 pm
    Any new recs for Vegas Strip? Spontaneous quick trip post Labor Day, won’t have a car, staying on Harmon just off the Strip. Apparently there’s covered moving walkway to MGM area. :roll:

    Was thinking of trying a Collichio place, and hubby likes the sports book at Aria because it’s genuinely smoke free so something near there is good too. Haven’t been in about 10 years. Last time everyone was all hot about some Thai place off the strip and a fine dining experience with a famous chef also somewhere off the strip. That place had amazing grits and best heirloom tomatoes I’ve ever had. Wish I could remember the name.

    Thanks!
  • Post #74 - September 21st, 2018, 6:42 pm
    Post #74 - September 21st, 2018, 6:42 pm Post #74 - September 21st, 2018, 6:42 pm
    I guess this for anyone on a future trip.

    Peppermill. It's north of Encore and has been on the Strip since 1972. It's an old school coffee shop type of menu. Everything I've had has been great. It's open 24 hours and they are known for their breakfast but don't overlook the rest of the menu. On my last trip in May I went three times and loved it everytime. I took my girlfriend there and she loved it too. As a bonus, they have the swanky Fireside Lounge inside. I'm sick of the Strip and all that it's become, but I can still go here and sort of get away from it all (though I do love sitting on the patio and eating at Mon Ami Gabi in front of Paris).

    As soon as you open their webpage I guarantee you'll want to go there. :)
    http://www.peppermilllasvegas.com/

    Peppermill
    2985 Las Vegas Blvd
    Las Vegas NV
    702-735-4177
  • Post #75 - September 22nd, 2018, 9:32 pm
    Post #75 - September 22nd, 2018, 9:32 pm Post #75 - September 22nd, 2018, 9:32 pm
    Ram4 wrote:I guess this for anyone on a future trip.

    Peppermill. It's north of Encore and has been on the Strip since 1972. It's an old school coffee shop type of menu.

    Was there years ago. I seem to remember 10-egg omelets and other extreme servings.

    IIRC it's known as a late night / early morning hangout for performers from the casinos.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang

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