Thursday, January 21, 2010

Shibuya at the MGM Grand

Shibuya, located inside the MGM Grand, is a smaller fine dining establishment compared to Yellowtail, but don’t expect to pay much less. The rolls here, however, are notably bigger. Consider the fully-loaded $20 Shibuya Roll, which could be a meal in itself. Bearing crawfish, kimchee aioli (a fancy name for spicy mayonnaise that didn’t taste at all like the pickled vegetable), asparagus, tobiko and crunchy tempura flakes, this namesake roll fills you up after a few bites—perhaps due to the profusion of fried batter bits which you can’t stop eating.

But I had to, had to order another roll—for the sake of having another picture for this blog, not necessarily to be a pig—and so I chose the $19 Hannya Roll, which comes with softshell crab, jalapeno, topped with spicy albacore and ponzu sauce.

This roll, like the first one, gives you the cherry high in its first bite—you spend the remainder of the roll feeling weighed down from the oil and just trying to finish the darn thing. And then my eyes alighted on the Kabuto Roll, a $24 monstrosity wrapped in pink soy paper bunting with Australian Lobster Tail Tempura sticking out, and I so wanted a bite of that, just the first bite, but I knew I had to get out of there before I ate again….

Shibuya at MGM Grand
3799 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas

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