Blown over from the Windy City to take root in Vegas’ Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, Yusho is thriving. This Japanese noodle bar and grill, which specialises in small dishes with big flavours, has taken to its new desert locale with aplomb. And why not? With 12oz Wagyu ribeye on the grill (ready to be dished up with mushroom ragout, nori powder, and smoked salt) and tempura-battered crispy cod (served with pickled cucumber and sesame aioli) in the steamed buns, Yusho knows how to take a dish to the next level.
The menu is compactly packed with dishes that gets the mouth watering. There’s the chicken teriyaki bowl, which comes spiked with crispy garlic. Chinese street-style lamb skewers that are given a flavour kick from cumin, spices, coconut and cucumber. And Thai chile, bonito-salt chicken wings that are boneless, juicy and – with a squeeze of lime – become moreish in an almost unstoppable way. Even sides and starters have enough gastro muscle to make sure they’re not overlooked. Edamame with bacon salt, anyone? The ramen, meanwhile, comes with anything from lobster broth to garlic butter. The Logan Poser in particular is a hit in Vegas, just like it is in Yusho’s original Chicago incarnation (its namesake is Logan Square, after all).
To wash it all down, Yusho has a curated drinks list with sake (by bottle and glass), beer and wine that’ll sate any craving. But for something a bit different, why not kick off the meal with one of the draught cocktails? More than just a novel concept, these cocktails – which range from a Navy Strength G&T to a Daiquiri made with overproof rum and lime sugar – provide just the right lift to kick a meal off here right.