Rice To Meet You! Meet OTORO, the Mirage’s Japanese Robata Grill & Sushi
By Kat Thomas
Sake it to me! Edible Skinny was lucky enough to recently experience the newest restaurant at the Mirage, the Japanese inspired OTORO Robata Grill & Sushi.
If Udon know them yet, you will soon! (Don’t diss the food puns I’m on a roll…) The restaurant’ moniker is derived from, which is named after the most desired part of the tuna belly that usually doesn't get a price on any sushi house menus. And it’s one that fits, from the sizzle and aroma of the Robata Grill to the freshest sushi and specialty rolls to an impressive menu of sharing-style platters.
Are those chopsticks? Or are you just happy sashimi. OTORO is a space of multiple options. From an extensive cocktail area to a sushi bar where you can pull up and watch chefs handcraft rolls with the freshest ingredients while working their magic to a private room gold adorned dining room for that intimate meal. My dining companion, Miss Julia Reed Nichols, and I started the night with OTORO’s Grapefruit Three Way, the most popular cocktail on their menu. Comprised of Deep Eddy Grapefruit Vodka, X-Rated Fusion Liqueur, Fresh Grapefruit, and Fresh Lime Sour this drink was the right amount of pucker worthy tastiness.
From there we began our dining experience with a Calamari appetizer. Artfully marinated and served in fine strips the dish was an intimate experience of taste. We contrasted this round of seafood with some farm, sampling their veggie options. The delectable Baby Artichoke from the Robata Bar, complimented with Lemon Aioli was uber fresh and absolutely tasty! We topped this with some Garlic Edamame (made of garlic, chili pepper, and soy sauce) which was deliciously reliable (and super FAB the next day)! Thank you very Mochi!
We then shifted our focus to sushi, noshing on some of OTORO’s specialty sushi rolls.
First up was the Tiger Roll an amalgamation of Shrimp Tempura, Snow Crab, and Spicy Tuna. This was followed by a Philadelphia Roll consisting of Scottish Salmon, Avocado, and Cream Cheese. This roll had none of the heaviness normally found in this combo, instead the result was light as a creamy delicious cloud.
It was then time for the main courses! We commenced with the Black Cod Robata, the most popular dish on their menu. Delightfully delicate, it was like eating newly fallen snow. This was followed by Tempura Udon with a Soy Broth vase, Assorted Veggies and Shrimp Tempura. A classic dish done right. This was paired with OTORO’s flavorful chicken dish the Katsu Rice Bowl. Encompassing a super moist Chicken Breast, Truffle Fried Rice, Asparagus, Mushrooms, and topped with a fried egg. It was the perfect luxury fried rice dish (a statement I never thought I’d write). This dish is so tasty you’ll have to control your tempura you can’t have it every night!
To finish off the meal we delighted in the whimsical Pineapple Snow. This Pineapple upside-down cake dessert with pineapple shaved ice, vanilla bean gelato and vanilla sauce. This dish, which serves 2, has a dramatic table side pour over that is not to be missed!
So if you’re looking for the taste of Japan in Vegas swing on over to OTORO. You’ll love it Roe much! ;-)
Kat Thomas is the Editor in Chief of Edible Skinny, a site dedicated to making your life postcard worthy. She is also the CEO of the creative media company This Way Adventures. You can find more about both brands at http://www.thiswayadventures.com