In a very short time, Wakuda has established itself as one of the must-visit restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip. Its pedigree is beyond criticism, thanks to world-class decor and a varied and stylish menu from two-star chef Tetsuya Wakuda. Every inch of this space is a visual feast, from a 16-foot-long installation by Yusk Imai in the dining room to two enormous sumo sculptures created by Shohei Otomo.
And, recently, the restaurant upped its game even further by launching a lounge menu, ideal for those heading to a show or returning from a nightclub experience hungry and ready to relax. The space itself is very welcoming, with guests surrounded by nature-inspired elements like dark woods, cherry blossom wall coverings, and contemporary artwork.
Like the rest of the establishment, the lounge is designed to have the energy of Tokyo’s Shinjuku district, known for its small restaurants, bars and izakaya. From 5 p.m. until closing, guests can enjoy a new range of dishes, including mini chirashi (assorted seafood over rice), mini donburi (chicken, salmon or beef tenderloin over rice) and sushi and sashimi à la carte or on a plate.
The cocktails are designed to suit all palates. Fans of lighter fare will want to try the Golden Gai, made with Shibui pure malt Japanese whisky, Campari, Carpano Antica Formula sweet vermouth, and the Competent, made with Haku vodka, Luxardo Aperitivo, lychee, yellow Chartreuse and lime. For those who want something with a real kick, check out the Shishito Sour, which uses charred shishito pepper in addition to Haku vodka, cucumber, plum, lemon, and egg white. egg, or the Daze, enhanced by tequila blanco infused with umeboshi (marinated um fruit).
If you attend on Friday or Saturday night, make sure you get a good seat: guest DJs perform every Friday and Saturday night.
The Venetian, 866.659.9643
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