4.0 Stars – Overall Experience
3.0 Stars – Price
4.5 Stars – Service
4.5 Stars – Enjoyment of Food
4.0 Stars – Atmosphere
Katsuya is located in the SLS Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Their sushi bar, located in the middle of their restaurant, allows hungry patrons to get a glimpse into the artistry and refined skills one needs to be a high end sushi chef. We were placed in a private dining area for our company dinner that offered minimalist decor and a beautifully painted dragon covering the length of the wall. There was approx 22 of us in the room and the long rectangular table allowed us to easily talk among one another and we didn’t feel crowded in the least. Great for dinner with friends, work related events, or a romantic dinner out.
We had a few waitstaff taking care of us that evening and they were all extremely polite and made me feel extra special when it came to my food and making sure to inform me of what I could and could not eat as a vegetarian. The only thing I will say is the food came out a bit disjointed and slow (but that I think is more of a kitchen issue than anything). Otherwise they kept our glasses full and made sure to cater to our requests.
The first thing that came out on the table was 2 types of edamame, regular and spicy. The regular was fine (don’t think you can really do too much to screw this up), but the spicy was exceptional. They seemed to char it a bit and had a nice bit of heat and ginger and garlic I believe as well. I kept coming back to the spicy one again and again. Then came out a dish that could only be compared to a beautiful piece of art. It was cold, soft tofu with what I think was a rice vinegar based sauce served with onion, a “shrimp” chip and edible flowers. The combination of flavours and textures was sophisticated and oh so delicious!
Mushrooms are one of my favourite things to eat in the world, so I was thrilled when they brought out a bowl of mushroom bob made up specially for me. Served in a piping hot stone bowl, steamed rice was tossed with 4 different types of mushrooms and a sauce was poured over top by the waitstaff to cook everything in. I was informed to keep mixing it and let it cook for a while in the bowl to caramelize. It was extremely good and I would love to try and replicate something like this at home. In addition to the bowl, was roasted asparagus and zucchini and a plate of mixed vegetarian sushi. The vegetables were well done and still had a good bite to them. The sushi I had mixed feelings on. The size was a bit big for one bite making it difficult to eat and some of the vegetables were left a little to hard for my liking. That being said, they were nicely pickled and the flavours were great.
If you look at their regular menu, I would say that it isn’t an overly vegetarian friendly restaurant, however they were extremely accommodating to my dietary needs and came up with some not only beautiful but delicious dishes.
This was a set menu for a company dinner so I never got to see the bill, however looking at the menu online told me this wasn’t an inexpensive menu. $10 (USD) for a bowl of edamame seemed a bit much, but I will say that the mushroom bop and tofu starter were pleasing to the eye and stomach.
Time of Dinner: 6:30pm
Date: Mon Oct 17th, 2016
- Edamame (regular and spicy)
- Cold Tofu
- Mushroom Bop
- Roasted Vegetables
- Assorted Vegetarian Sushi
For more information, please check out their website at http://www.sbe.com/restaurants/locations/katsuya-las-vegas/