April 15th, 2012. Vegas Business Trip Day 2
I was super stoked that we had dinner booked at Shibuya at the MGM Grand! After walking by it several times already I could see that it would be right up my alley 😉
Seeing as it’s Vegas it’s no surprise that they have an open seafood bar where you can watch you sushi being assembled right before your very eyes!
The decor was modern, the tableware clean, and the almost-rustic wooden table was a nice touch. It was both great and a little bit of pressure that I got appointed to work out the menu and do the ordering…but I was determined to put my skills to use and order us some great food! The waiter suggested we do a set menu type deal where they charge each customer a set rate and then give us a number of food choices according to our price point. I believe we ended up going for $65 a head and then ordered a few more dishes on top of that to beef up the meal.
Tuna Sashimi with Sweet Soy Reduction Sauce with Greens, Parmesan Shavings and Crispy Rice Balls. Thin sheets of raw tuna supported by the sweet reduction, pungent cheese and how can you not love the crispy crunch of little rice balls? Loved this dish!
Next we were brought a plate of Uni and Yellowfin Nigiri and the Dragon Roll, which consisted of rock shrimp with spicy aioli. The uni was fresh with that slight seafood sweetness, the tuna had good elasticity while still being tender and the rolls were flavorful!
We definitely needed some meat, so we also got an order of the Angus Beef with Mushrooms and Truffle Ponzu for dipping. Super tender beef, earthy yet light mushrooms, and that ponzu sauce…..ahhhh~(the lighting was dark and I didn’t have a lot of time to take pictures of the food…hence the shakiness of some of the pics)
This delicious dish? The Seared Albacore Tuna with Crispy Red Onions topped with a little Red Jalapeno and Edible Flowers and a Kimchi Ponzu Sauce. I loved the slightly spicy kick from the pepper and sauce and the crispy onions were a nice texture contrast.
The Sashimi Salad had beautiful salmon on organic greens topped with pickled shoestring radish and nori and again the crispy rice balls dressed in a Sesame Miso Vinaigrette. Nice and light with a plethora of flavors. The vibrantly colored baby tomatos lent brightness and pop to the dish as well.
The Assorted Tempura consisted of a variety of organic vegetables and rock shrimp served with that deliciously sweet and subtle tempura sauce! Deliciously crispy and perfectly yum!
The men in our group were perplexed that this high end sushi place served dainty-looking small plates of food one plate at a time…..they are more used to generous portions and a heavy table. But Ms. Vivian and I were perfectly happy cats at all the delicate flavors, foods and presentation. All the pretty food made us feel special!