First Bites – NAKAMURA-YA
Nakamura-Ya is the brain-child of chef/owner Kengo Nakamura.
It has good bread and great sodas (Fever Tree Ginger Ale), and features Italian food with a Japanese twist — what the Japanese call wafuu pasuta.
The restaurant sort of reminds us of a cross between Raku and Monta — which makes sense since it shares the same shopping center with them both.
That shopping center will soon house a Japanese cake shop and a new, traditional sushi restaurant (no cream cheese and mayo…yeh!), and will be renamed Tokyo Plaza.
Nakamura-san’s hand-tooled food is so startlingly good (and beautiful), we are tempted to proclaim it the next Raku…albeit a Raku that sticks to your ribs.
But after only one meal….we need to give it one more shot before singing its praises that loudly.
If you go (and we know you will), we’re predicting that’s exactly what you’ll do.
Our dinner for two came to $46 + $14 tip.
5040 West Spring Mountain Road
Las Vegas, NV 89146