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Japonais, Las Vegas

The Mirage
3400 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 702 792 7979's insider take:

If you've got tickets to Love (the Cirque du Soleil/Beatles show) or are headed to Jet nightclub—both in the Mirage—and you don't want to be too stuffed to power through your night, this is a good option. The special rolls are some of the most creative on the Strip—one has raw scallop slices on top of a roll stuffed with seared scallops. Shared plates are mostly worthy: The "Hot Rock" appetizer is thinly sliced soy-ginger-marinated steak you cook at the table on a 700-degree rock. For dessert, try the apple pie, reinterpreted as toban yaki—apple slices in a hot clay pot with clusters of ginger oatmeal and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. But be prepared for spotty service: We were told the sommelier was "too busy to stop by" our table and that one of the special ingredients in the octopus roll was "rice." A prime example of solid recipes traveling well to a new location (the original is in Chicago), but service getting lost.

Open for dinner Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays 5 to 10 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 5 to 11 pm.

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