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Raku

5030 Spring Mountain Rd. (Decatur Blvd.) Send to Phone
702-367-3511 | Menu
Japanese izakaya dining in an off-Strip gem frequented by in-the-know foodies and adventurous chefs.

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Dinner Mon.-Sat.
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Raku, Las Vegas, NV

Raku Restaurant Review

: Vegas locals and visitors frequent this tiny, unassuming Japanese restaurant, which has become a late-night stop for even the toniest of Strip chefs. There's no sushi to be had here, as the affordable, small-plates menu focuses on dishes from a grill fired by true Japanese lump charcoal. Delicacies such as Kurobuta pork cheek and Kobe-style tendon are imparted with a subtle smoky flavor from the charcoal. More timid diners will be pleased to find recognizable meats such as Tsukune-grilled ground chicken and duck with balsamic soy sauce. House-made tofu is silky and light, and a definite must for even the grizzliest of carnivores. A salad made with tofu, fresh slices of tomatoes and seaweed is a first-rate Japanese take on a caprese. Dress it with the delicate homemade soy sauce. Other inspired dishes include a foie gras-infused egg custard soup with fresh noodles. For dessert, consider the green tea crème brûlée and, interestingly enough, one of the finest molten chocolate lava cakes around. A concise saké and wine list is offered, as are affordably priced pitchers of Sapporo.
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