What: With a menu full of bold twists on Japanese cuisine and a design that’s just as eye-catching — even by Las Vegas standards — Mizumi’s been turning heads on the Strip’s food scene since opening earlier this year. Inside, you’ll find sushi and robatayaki bars, a teppanyaki room and a traditional bar that gleams under a wall lined with gilded bricks and rows of traditional Noh masks. Framed by the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows, Mizumi’s outdoor terrace is high on drama; book the eight-seat “floating pagoda table” to dine atop a koi-filled pond surrounded by waterfalls.
Where: Ensconced in Mizumi’s rather serene interior, you’d never know you’re sitting above Tryst nightclub in Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Wynn Las Vegas. Mizumi is located near the main entrance of Wynn, not far from the Lake of Dreams. Cap off your meal with a stop at the lake’s light and water show.
When: Reserve a table for dinner, the only meal served at Mizumi. The restaurant is open from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Why: Mizumi is a stunning space, but it’s chef Devin Hashimoto’s modern Japanese cuisine that has foodies flocking to his tables. At the sushi bar, try the signature Mizumi roll with Maine lobster, avocado, tamago, soy paper, wasabi tobiko and yuzu-mustard aioli. Craving some heat? Order the 72-hour braised American Wagyu short rib — Devin’s version includes wasabi potato gratin and grilled Tokyo negi — or the ishiyaki tartare bibimbap that fuses the traditional Korean rice bowl with Japanese cooking techniques.
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