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Score Lunch at Japanese Cuisine by Omae and Help a Good Cause

Chef Takeshi Omae shares his story to help out an orphanage in Japan. You score lunch.

Japanese Cuisine by Omae
Japanese Cuisine by Omae
Susan Stapleton

Takeshi Omae’s story is pretty amazing. The chef behind Japanese Cuisine by Omae started cooking in his home at age 6 when his mother left. He ended up living in an orphanage in Kumamoto, Japan. He dropped out of high school because he wasn’t good at it, then landed in a hospital for 18 months after a motorcycle accident.

From there, Omae got a job in a local tavern, and four years later he worked at a French restaurant before studying at Paris’ Le Cordon Bleu. When he didn’t have enough money to go home, Omae volunteered at a summer camp for orphans, and he rode back to Tokyo with those children.

"If the orphanage house did not give me a ride, I am not writing this email," he says in an email. And he wouldn’t have become a Michelin-starred chef twice, or come to Las Vegas to open his 12-seat restaurant that has been the darling of every food critic out there.

Now he wants to give back. From Thursday through Oct. 31, Omae is holding a fundraiser to help out the orphanage in Akabane, Toyko, Japan, and reopens for lunch with seatings at 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:45 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. every day except Sundays and Mondays.

Guests can land a miso tonkotsu wok charred ramen and black curry combination for $15. And that’s just this week. From Oct. 1-31, find spicy miso tonkotsu wok charred ramen for $10.

For reservations, head here.

And starting Oct. 1, the restaurant has a $200 omakase menu at two seatings nightly. Details coming on that.

Japanese Cuisine by Omae

3650 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89101 702-966-8080 Visit Website