During our visit to Las Vegas we had the opportunity to dine at Yusho Japanese Grill at the Monte Carlo Las Vegas. Prior to eating at Yusho we had heard great things about the food and atmosphere.
We really enjoyed our dining experience at Yusho. The food was delicious, fun and creative. The desserts are a must try during a visit to Las Vegas. Seriously the Tofu Donuts are beyond amazing! I know you are thinking I have lost my mind telling you to order tofu donuts but trust me they are amazing! I had to fight to get a bite of them from John. They were that good!
Yusho’s 250-seat venue, designed by Rachel Crowl of FC Studio, is inspired by vintage industrial spaces, anime and Japanese ramen shacks making it a vibrant setting suited for any outing.
Tables strategically placed around the exposed kitchen area provide guests a front row seat to the culinary action while cozy corners throughout the main dining room are available for those that desire a more intimate dining experience.
Visitors can choose which scene they want to focus on at Yusho — the prime location for people watching on the outdoor patio, panoramic views of the open kitchen as chefs create delicious dishes or comfortable seats at the bar as skillful bartenders serve handcrafted cocktails, Japanese beers or a refreshing sake selection. Whichever they select, the Yusho experience is unlike any other on the Las Vegas Strip.
Yusho’s design balances texture and color through the use of exposed brick walls, natural wood surfaces, stained concrete floors and warm-hued upholstery, used to highlight the restaurant’s open-flame cooking style. Whimsical comic book-themed watercolor paintings by Chicago artist Sarah Beacon as well as bright barstools and chairs adorn the space adding eye-catching pops of color. The vibrant restaurant’s four unique dining environments include:
- Kitchen area: Tables located around the exposed kitchen present prime views of the skilled chef team grilling and preparing menus items. Guests seated in this area will get a behind-the-scenes look at the culinary magic.
- Bar: Guests may score insider tips as they watch knowledgeable bartenders mix handcrafted libations and serve a variety of Japanese sakes and beer at this interactive, high-energy space.
- Main Dining Room: Those looking to dine in a quieter, more intimate environment can take refuge in the cozy corners of the central portion of the venue. Others may opt for seating in the open area, ideal for surveying the action taking place in all quarters of the restaurant.
- Patio: The spacious outdoor patio located right in the heart of the bustling Strip will provide the ideal spot for enjoying the beautiful Las Vegas weather. Shaded areas protect from sun and rain, creating a comfortable and enjoyable al fresco dining experience year-round.
The menu is broken down into five categories: Pickles and Relish, Noodles, Grilled + Fried, Steam Buns and Sweets each offering delicious selections sure to satisfy a variety of palates.
Make sure and order a couple of the steamed buns. I tried the Charred Eggplant with Japanese Mint, plum and peanuts and it was delicious. The steamed bun is fantastic! I kind of wish they offered plain buns in a box to go they were that good. I could have snacked on them all evening.
Yusho offers a variety of ramen dishes including Logan Poser Ramen, a robust soup featuring crispy pork shoulder croquette, poached egg, nori and cucumber created in response to a critique that anyone making ramen outside of Japan was a “poser”
The Tofu Steak Shisho with pineapple and pralines is delicious! Absolutely perfect texture on the tofu with great flavor.
I mentioned above that the dessert at Yusho is a must try. The tofu donuts are seriously amazing! They also offer frosty creations out of a soft serve machine unlike anything I have seen before. They are making gourmet custom soft serve!
Brian Lhee, Executive Chef of Yusho at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, was named “Chef of the Year” in Las Vegas for the 2014 Eater Awards.
Our server was so much fun! She made us laugh and have so much fun.
To check out more head on over to the Yusho at the Monte Carlo website.
Explore more at YushoLV.com
Hours of Operation:
- Sunday – Thursday | 5pm – 11pm
- Friday & Saturday | 5pm – 1am
Yusho is part of the Monte Carlo’s new open-air plaza featuring casual restaurants and entertainment right on the Las Vegas Strip. Monte Carlo’s new plaza delivers a cool, high-energy atmosphere making it the ideal setting to enjoy Vegas’ sultry summer nights. The destination includes Diablo’s Cantina, a festive, two-story Mexican restaurant from leading development and management company The Light Group, and introduces five indoor-outdoor restaurants new to The Strip: Yusho, featuring inventive Japanese-inspired street food by celebrated chef Matthias Merges; Double Barrel, the first authentic roadhouse from renowned hospitality group sbe; 800 Degrees, a pizzeria from the California-based restaurateurs behind Umami Burger; BLVD Creamery, a contemporary ice cream shop with innovative flavors and unexpected dessert offerings; and Sambalatte, a Vegas-grown premium coffee experience.
Live entertainment: A rotating roster of live bands of all genres, solo musicians, artists and street performers take over the plaza daily. From 3 p.m. until late night, guests will be surprised and delighted by the skilled entertainers that complete the upbeat, interactive setting.