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I Found a Good Alternative to Kabuto

Coming off a disappointing recent visit to Kabuto, which I had, for many many many years, considered one of the best sushi experiences in the world, I searched for an alternative on a recent trip to Vegas. I decided on Sushi Hiroyoshi. From their website and reviews, I could tell it had great potential.

The place differs from Kabuto in that they offer an extensive a la carter menu, in addition to various sushi options. They will also produce items like California Roll which would be a no no at the more traditional places. This is more of a local neighborhood restaurants, off the Strip. They do have an extensive selection of fresh fish.

We decided to stick to nigiri only and went with omakase. The service was bit slow to start. This was the first course. Unfortunately, the the sushi counter was not in use when we went so the omakase was done plated instead of the more traditional piece by piece method. The rice and fish were execellent.

Things got even better on the next course with a selection of various blue fin tuna cuts, including one I had never had before (the one in the middle below with the “veins” removed and translated from Japanese to English as “melting” – it did melt in my mouth and was delicious).

The final course included a few standouts: 1. Anago – the flavor of the marinade was incredible and 2. the traditional tamago with which was made with fish and shrimp in contrast to the more modern version’s dashi and mirin. I was told that when eggs were expensive, the Japanese added fish and shrimp to tamago as “filler”. The one they served at Hiroyoshi was probably the best tamago I ever had. It had a cake like consistency and was full of umami.

It was so good I had to order another round:

Overall, service was fantastic and the sushi was excellent as well. I would say it was not quite as good as Kabuto at its peak, but close enough. I would go back to visit 100% and recommend this place to others.

3 thoughts on “I Found a Good Alternative to Kabuto”

  1. Thank you for your comment. I did not critique the place for not following a genre. I said they offer California roll which a traditional place would not. Thats a fact. I did not say it was good or bad. If you choose to interpret it as bad then thats your perspective.

    Also, I have started and run food businesses in the past. I know how thin the margins are and how hard the work is. I did it out of passion for food. I worked many years from 6am to midnight and beyond. I did prep for 5,000+ meals myself and cooked the meals myself when the chef was hung over and didnt show up.

    In the end, all that does not excuse poor performance. Ultimately, the market decides if they like something or not. Are you saying we should keep typewriter typists employed just because they work hard? In business, there are no participation medals and society is better off as a result.

    Overall, this restaurant was good and my review reflected that.

    1. oh, and yes, i will try to have to last word here. looks like left wing and right wing opposition, but I did not say that a crappy restaurant should be survive. In my comment applauding you for giving us an alternative to Kabuto (I loved the old Kabuto), it was my intention to suggest that good restaurants, like Sushi Hiroyoshi, should not be typecast by so called foodies for offering california roll when they can do what they want if they do it well, and that if they do it well, they will play an important part in the adhesive that keeps all of us who eat (which is probably all of us) going regularly to a place together to eat AND support a good business. I have never ever gone twice to a crappy restaurant, but, I have gone more than 100 times to a good restaurant, and in a good restaurant, I feel good about giving them my money to feed me and let me sit down, where I can chat with the staff who know me and I know them, and the chef meets us to get to know patrons. if that is left wing, that is ok by me. I actually do not have any restaurant experience so it is nice to know from you how tamago should be done, and going forward, I have learned what to try to taste for when I try next time. in the end, if right wing suits and left wing crybabies can eat together at Hiroyoshi, then, we are all better off

  2. I do not take the time to enjoy tamago. Thanks for identifying those details , I will make sure to take my time with my tamago next time. Also, it is unfortunate when foodies put establishments into boxes and critique a place because the menu or the decor is not authentic or following a predetermined genre. These places are business, employing hard working people and providing a place for people to gather and enjoy meals together – and providing livelihoods for many. Most establishments are 7 days, and margins are thin, and restaurants give so much back to the community, tangible and intangible. We, as patrons, are walking into THEIR house. Bravo fft for giving them a try, and for giving us another hidden gem! They may have the haute couture Japanese menu that Kabuto has, but it sounds like they do what they want with awesome ingredients and preparation. Can’t wait to try them out

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