Let me start off by saying that dining at Japaneiro is one of the best experiences I’ve had in a while. It all started off one night when some friends and I were looking for a restaurant that offered a late night happy hour. As we looked through Yelp we saw that Japaneiro had a ton of reviews and was rated 4 ½ stars. I looked through the pictures and saw that the happy hour menu looked good, and when I saw that they offered Truffle Bone Marrow on their regular menu, I was sold! When we got to the restaurant and saw their specials and the rest of the menu, we realized that this meal wouldn’t be just about the happy hour anymore… there were just way too many delicious things to try!
We started off with the Kumamoto Oysters, and these were so amazingly fresh. They are probably the best kind of oysters I’ve had because they’re delicately small and very sweet. They have even been dubbed as the sweetest oysters out there. Next we had the scallop which again was very refreshing and sweet. The ponzu and jalapeno complimented it very well.
Some of my favourites of the night were the Bluefin Toro with Uni and Scallop with Uni. I used to not really like uni but it was probably because I wasn’t having the good quality stuff. So I’ve definitely been missing out! Both the tuna and the scallop were just the right texture and went well with the uni. I also liked the fact that the tuna was presented on a spoon for an easy bite.
Next we have my two favourite things together… truffle and bone marrow. This was served with wonton chips and was such a rich combination that even though it was so good, I don’t think I would’ve been able to eat more than one bone… maybe. I haven’t seen truffle bone marrow offered at many restaurants, but I think more should look into adding this to their menus.
Lastly, the absolute best bite of the night was the Scallop Foie Gras. It’s actually not only the best bite of the night, but I can’t even think of something that I had that is on the same level this whole year. I’m still constantly dreaming about this dish all the time. Again, I loved the fact that it was served on a spoon. It was perfectly cooked and at just the right temperature where the warm scallop and foie gras both melted in my mouth. It was also served with yamamomo which is a type of Japanese berry, and this acted as a great palette refresher. This dish was so good that I had to get ANOTHER ONE for myself!
I also had a taste of the Salmon Lotus Chips, Salmon Tacos, and Edamame with Truffle Oil from the happy hour menu, and these were great as well. I would come here for happy hour regularly because the prices are good and it’s not like you get sub-par food because it’s affordable.
Towards the end of our meal the Executive Chef, Kevin Chong, came out to thank us for dining at Japaneiro, and we told him how much we loved his food and that we would most definitely be back for more. It was much appreciated for him to come out and greet us, and I’d like to thank him again. The taste, freshness, and presentation of all the dishes were divine which makes Japaneiro one of my new Vegas favourites. It’s a nice alternative if you’re over the expensive casino restaurants on the strip, and I definitely recommend that you check this place out whether you’re a local or if you’re here for vacation!
Japaneiro is located at 7315 W Warm Springs Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89113, United States.