Omakase is about trust. The Japanese dining experience puts the chef in control, resulting in a personalized and deeply intimate meal. Diners who scoff at the California rolls and deep-fried dishes that have come to represent commercialized takes on sushi will appreciate both the art and the flavor of omakase, which is often translated to mean “I will leave it up to you.”
In Las Vegas, where AYCE sushi is plentiful, sashimi shows up on Strip happy hour menus, and sushi burritos are everywhere, omakase offers an opportunity to slow down and enjoy a carefully curated meal. Here are five restaurants that offer this special culinary experience.
Omakase in Silverado Ranch
Chef Kaoru Azeuchi’s Kaiseki Yuzu in Silverado Ranch serves a coursed meal of nine to 10 seasonal dishes with optional sake pairings starting at $75 per person. The 30-seat restaurant may be situated in an unassuming plaza, but reservations fill up quickly, so those interested in experiencing this memorable meal are advised to book early. Kaiseki notes that each meal is different, depending on the products available.
Kaiseki Yuzu, 1310 E. Silverado Ranch Blvd.; 702-778-8889
A hidden gem in Summerlin
Omakase can be a splurge, but at Kame Omakase, it’s a worthwhile one. For $195 per person, diners lucky enough to score one of two nightly seatings offered six days a week are taken on a journey that may include everything from yamamoto berry to lobster with uni butter.
Kame Omakase, 7331 W. Lake Mead Blvd.; 702-771-0122
Kabuto is the kind of restaurant that attracts both tourists in-the-know and locals in the industry. The Chinatown spot serves edomae sushi, which gets its name from a particular street food style of sushi that originated in the Tokyo Bay. The intimate space is also prized for its omakase, which is available by reservation. The nigiri option includes aperitif sake, an amuse bouche, 10 pieces of nigiri, a hand roll, and dessert for $48.
Kabuto, 5040 Spring Mountain Road; 702-676-1044
An understated Charleston Boulevard haunt
Situated just a few blocks away from the main action of Chinatown, Sushi Hiroyoshi can be identified only be a sign bearing the word “Sushi.” The small restaurant is helmed by chef Hiro-san, who offers reasonably priced omakase in addition to a familiar menu of sashimi, sushi, speciality rolls, and a thoughtfully curated selection of sake.
Sushi Hiroyoshi, 5900 W. Charleston Blvd.; 702-823-2100
A westside favorite
Great omakase away from the bright lights of the Strip isn’t just possible; it’s preferable. Proof of that can be found at Sen of Japan, a seemingly casual restaurant that boasts dishes created by chef Nakano Hiromi, formerly of Nobu at the Hard Rock Hotel. Omakase is available as six-course meal for $60 or as a seven-course meal for $70, making this one of the more affordable omakase options in Las Vegas.
Sen of Japan, 8480 W. Desert Inn Road; 702-871-7781