Summer / Fall 2012

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Photo Courtesy of (Sushi Matsu) Mike McNulty

Photo of Sushi Matsu Courtesy of Mikey McNulty

We scoured the city to locate five Asian dishes you must try.

By Grace Bascos

With the high number of Asian visitors, as well as an increasing number of discerning guests developing tastes for authentic Asian fare, Las Vegas has always had a keen insight into the cuisine of the Far East. Each restaurant has its own niche and signature dishes that set it apart. Adventurous diners can find bites of everything, from classic Hong Kong-style dim sum to modern interpretations of Japanese sushi in the middle of the Las Vegas desert.

Sushi Roku

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With its stellar view of the Las Vegas Strip and its modern Asian aesthetic, Sushi Roku is considered one of the hottest spots to enjoy favorite bites of nigiri. Its signature platter, matsu, features eight distinct pieces of premium fish, including Scottish salmon, Japanese yellowtail and seared albacore tuna served in the classic nigiri style: over perfectly hand-formed mounds of sushi rice. But Sushi Roku takes it a step further and adorns the fish with luxurious accoutrements, including citrus soy, osetra golden caviar and shaved black truffles.

Nobu Caesars Palace

Caesars Palace

Japanese pioneering chef Nobu Matsuhisa will bring his distinct style of Japanese cuisine to his newest venture, Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace, opening in late 2012. The 12,775-square-foot restaurant at the base of the tower will be his first restaurant on the Strip, as well as his first foray into teppanyaki dining, where master chefs will cook on a hot grill directly in front of guests. Nobu’s menu also promises to have his classic dishes, which reflect his background in both Japanese and Peruvian cuisine and techniques. Keep an eye out for his signature black cod with miso, as well as tuna tataki with red miso. Nobu Hotel also offers an in-room menu from which guests can order some of the restaurant’s signature dishes.

Beijing Noodle No. 9

Caesars Palace

Though you’ll find Chinese-American classics such as Mongolian beef or General Tso’s chicken on the menu at Beijing Noodle No. 9, it’s the authentic, yet approachable, dishes that are the most interesting. At the front of the bright and contemporary dining room, guests can watch as expert noodle makers trained in China hand-pull the noodles for one of the restaurant’s signature dishes, Beijing-style zha jiang mein. The dense, chewy wheat noodles are sliced with a thin blade before being topped with stir-fried pork in a savory and earthy soy and black-bean sauce.

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