Vegas is one of my favourite cities. Not because of all the parties or the fact that you can drink anywhere and everywhere, ok because of that too, but the food scene in Vegas is one of my favourites. From Bobby Flay to Mario Batali, this city is where you will find so many restaurants owned by so many acclaimed and “Celebrity” chefs. Right before I turned 30, one of my oldest and closest friends and I decided we needed a pre-birthday bash. We booked our flights, booked our hotel and headed to the airport three days later – Girl’s trip!
I arrived in Vegas at 5pm on a Saturday night and headed straight for my hotel. I checked myself and my friend into the Cosmopolitan and headed up to our room. My friend wasn’t due to arrive until later that evening, so I quickly showered and decided to explore and grab a drink. After about an hour or so of drinking and flirting with some really cute guys, my tummy started to rumble – Feed me!! I asked around and was quickly told to try Blue Ribbon Sushi upstairs in the hotel. I could not resist and headed upstairs to the restaurant.
I arrived at the restaurant and opted to grab a seat at the sushi bar, always the best spot when dining solo. I was greeted by the head sushi chef, a few waiters and a couple other patrons eating at the sushi bar. I quickly ordered a beer and chatted with my fellow sushi eaters. I grasped that this was going to be a delicious yet expensive meal as most of the sushi rolls were double the price of any place I had ever been to, but I was in Vegas and could not care one bit.
I ordered up three rolls of sushi to start; the California roll with blue crab, spicy tuna with tempura flakes and last but definitely not least, as per the chef’s recommendation; I ordered the special shrimp tempura roll with red tuna. As I sat at the bar talking and drinking, I realized that I was beyond drunk and desperately needed to eat something. As I looked over, a beautifully presented board of sushi was placed in front of me. The rolls were perfectly uniform and deliciously appetizing, so naturally I dug right in.
The California roll was the first bite I took. The blue crab in the center of the roll was delicious, fresh and plump. The crab elevated this simple sushi roll to new levels and the buttery and rich texture and flavour of the avocado complimented the crab perfectly. It craved some spiciness so naturally I ordered a spicy mayo to accompany this roll.
The spicy tuna and crispy flakes was just what I expected; fresh tuna, a deliciously spiced sauce with a zing to it and crispy tempura flakes. Spicy tuna is one of my favourite sushi rolls; this one was delicious.
The last roll I devoured was the special shrimp tempura and red tuna roll. This one was hands down my favourite, but had I not been in Vegas, I would never pay $24 for this roll. It was a classic shrimp tempura roll with red tuna and sprouts, really not worth the price tag but it was delicious.
I enjoyed my sushi and dining company for about an hour or so, and then asked for the bill. I walked out of the restaurant satisfied, the perfect beginning to an incredibly insane pre-birthday weekend.