Last night was one of the most fun nights I've had in a long time. My mom, sister and I went to Japonais for dinner in celebration of my mom's birthday. Great conversation, gorgeous surroundings, lots of wine, and phenomenal, award-winning sushi made it the perfect - albeit pricey - night. My mom is new on the sushi scene, and she's fallen madly in love, so I recommended Japonais after going back in April for a friend's b-day. Despite the prices, this is some of the best food I've ever had, and the chic ambience adds to the overall experience. Go. Even if only for a special, special occasion.
Designed by Jeffrey Beers of Jeffrey Beers International, the restaurant "distinctly melds industrial Japan with European elegance. When conceptualizing the space, Jeffrey Beers deemed two variables of utmost importance: First, the grandeur and authenticity of the space; and second, the complementary relationship between the space and the cuisine."
Located downstairs, the Lounge is packed on weekends. Unfortunately, it offers overpriced drinks and swanky music. While it offers a cool atmosphere, this is the type of place I imagine LA celebs and socialities hang out... not for me. Plus the seating is just so damn low.
Entrance is off the Lounge on the lower level. The Riverwalk is also a tad swanky for me. But if you arrive early enough, it's a great place to grab a drink before dinner.
I found this photo of my two favorite dishes!
On the left (bright red) is the tuna tuna salmon: salmon tartare topped with sliced tuna, avocado sauce, and wasabi tobiko sauce
In the middle is the crispy shrimp and salmon: panko breaded shrimp roll topped with sashimi marinated salmon and wasabi tobiko sauce
If you make it to Japonais, you have to try The Rock.
thinly sliced marinated strip steak that you cook at the table on a scalding hot rock presentation
Japonais - Las Vegas (in the Mirage Hotel)
I found these amazing drawings from the design plans for the Vegas restaurant.
More Lush Interiors by Jeffrey Beers International
DB Bistro - NYC
photos from jeffreybeers.com, japonais, and flickr