Tips left on the Eater Vegas tipline beginning Friday now confirm that master sushi chef Gen Mizoguchi, also known as Gen san, has left the revered sushi restaurant Kabuto. He tells Las Vegas Weekly he intends to create his own project. A location and concept has yet to be announced, but he he is looking to remain in Las Vegas.
This move follows the recent brief, surprise shuttering of the restaurant for renovation work. Current chef Ken Hosoki now takes the lead position. A fixture on the Eater 38 Essential Las Vegas Restaurants, Kabuto is part of the Takashi Segawa empire that includes Sushi Mon, Monta, Goyemon, Monta Chaya and Kabuto in Las Vegas and Monzo in Los Angeles. Despite Kabuto's small 18-seat size, it generated a fervent local and ultimately national following almost from the day it opened.
The restaurant specializes in traditional Edomae-style sushi, prepared with vinegar and cooked rice and a resolute passion for the finest cuts of fish. The modest but earnest approach extends to the front door, where there is no traditional English sign, just the Japanese character for "kabuto" translated as"samurai helmet." No changes to the menu, style of preparation or fish vendor sources is expected during the switch.
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