Only open for six weeks, Max Jacobson at Vegas Seven is the first to review Mizumi, the renovated Japanese restaurant at Wynn Las Vegas. He says, “The combined efforts of [designer Roger] Thomas and [chef Devin] Hashimoto have vaulted Mizumi into the constellation of top restaurants in Las Vegas, and the paint’s barely dry on the new sign.”
Jacobson recommends getting the Copper River salmon with fava beans and English peas before it disappears from the menu in July. The spicy King crab and taro tacos comes with a “shell” made of starchy root. He also loved the yellowtail sashimi and jalapeño gelée and the Wagyu beef tartare.
But most importantly, he recommends going for a range of Japanese fare instead of just sushi. “The whole reason for eating in a restaurant such as Mizumi is to experience the range of modern Japanese cooking, which only begins, not ends, with sushi. And that is a genre where chef Hashimoto demonstrates his range with confidence and skill.”
John Curtas heads to Mario Batali’s third Vegas restaurant, Otto at the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian to find only one of the six dishes he ordered passing muster. “Truth be told, this isn’t the first time we’ve been let down by this kitchen. The pastas have never impressed us, and the pizzas may have passed muster in Vegas five years ago, but now aren’t in the same league as pies all over town.” [ELV]
Heidi Knapp Rinella of the Las Vegas Review-Journal headed over to Santora's Sunset Bar in Henderson to find the smell of stale smoke overwhelming the Buffalo, N.Y.-inspired food. She “missed the all-day-Friday haddock fish fries (because it wasn't Friday).” HKR gave the food an A-, the atmosphere and service a C for an overall B-. [LVRJ]
Brock Radke at the Las Vegas Weekly says Ranch House Kitchen at Town Square, “has something for everyone.” He says, “Things get interesting, or out of hand, in the pizza and potato sections. The apple walnut pizza ($13.95) has both of those foods on it, along with cranberries, blue cheese crumbles and fig butter. Yum? You can totally get a normal pizza ? like taco or Texas brisket. “Potato Heaven” offers up BBQ potato chip nachos ($11.95), but those sound boring, so you might need to add pulled pork. And you can.” [LVW]