The chef behind local favorite Yonaka Modern Japanese and Henderson casual restaurant Purple Potato revealed his latest Asian fusion restaurant, self-described as “honest, gutsy, and often unexpected.” Ramir DeCastro’s Robata En replaces the shuttered 24-hour Vietnamese and Chinese-inspired Lee’s Noodle House at Spring Mountain Road’s Shan Tau Square, close to Arville Street and a few steps from Bank Atcharawan’s Thai-focused Lamaii.
“At Robata En, we believe in making everyday eating a little bit extraordinary. We’re one part local and one part global,” DeCastro says. He changes the menu with the seasons, taking inspiration from fine dining that’s fun dining. “[We] like to make food you can share, food you can talk about, food you’ll want more of, and food you’ll come back for.”
DeCastro brings back some Yonaka favorites such as crispy Brussels sprouts, miso buttered corn, and avocado nigiri. Other favorites include shishito peppers grilled with Binchotan charcoal, Jidori chicken served with pickled veggies and house made bread, yuzu tea brined ribs, and miso black cod.
Robatayaki dishes, a sashimi platter, and two omakase menus — one for dine-in service and a second to go — round out the menu. The dine-in version features eight to 10 courses spanning classics and premium dishes, while the $99 seven-course to-go version for two people comes with an appetizer, sashimi salad, sushi, sashimi, a cold dish, a warm dish, and dessert, served with rice and soup. The restaurant also features a range of Scotch and Japanese, and American whiskies behind the bar.
Robata En, 4480 Spring Mountain Road, 702-331-0619. Open Tuesday through Thursday from 5:30 to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5:30 to 11 p.m.