Raku Las Vegas

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Last night we had dinner in what is hands down the best Japanese restaurant I ever been too: Raku.

We had made reservations for the Omasake style dinner. The place is in a strip mall in Vegas’ chinatown. It’s a very unassuming location. The place is fairly small (about 40-50 seats) and you really need a reservation (ours was at 10pm). The decor is a tasteful traditional Japanese.

Back to the food. Loved it. It was perfectly executed and presented. Most importantly every single bite was a punch of flavor.

We started by ordering the sake sampler.

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Tofu handmade daily. It comes a choice of condiments. The green tea salt was excellent. The spicy chilli oil was very flavorful.

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Hairy crab.  The waitress explained that they get them from Hokkaido in Japan.  They cannot be purchased in the USA (not legally).

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Sashimi.  The toro was great.  Really liked the pairing with the marinated seaweed.

 

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Grilled seabass.    It’s grilled in a stick.  Possibly one of my favorite dishes of the night.  Buttery, very flavorful.  The light char on the skin added a fantastic texture.

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Scallop.   Although the scallop was not perfectly cooked as most of the rest of the other dishes the broth was incredibly flavorful.  All of us drank it off the shell!

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Fried catfish.  It good, not great.  The broth definitely helped.

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Kobe beef skewer with wasabi.  One of the best dishes all night.   Took the first bite and i could not believe how tender it was.  The flavor and char were perfect.

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Pork cheeks skewers.  Really tough to follow the Kobe beef.  The pork cheeks delivered a much different bite with a good crunch.

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After the pork they served us rice with salmon and salmon eggs.  I am not a bit fan of salmon pasta or rice.  The rest of my friend loved it.

 

Strawberry sorbet.  Great dessert.  Light and flavorful.

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