EATING LAS VEGAS – The 50 Essential Restaurants – Number Four


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We call this the best restaurant in town that everyone can afford.

It’s really two restaurants — the original Raku tucked in a corner of a small, Spring Mountain Road strip mall, and its sweet sister parked a few doors away in the same center — but conflating the two just makes delicious sense.

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ABURIYA RAKU in Las Vegas Weekly

Raku’s 15-course meal plays out like a beautiful symphony

John Curtas

Wed, Oct 20, 2010 (8:55 p.m.)


Raku’s foie gras egg custard

Photo: John Curtas

The questions I hear most as a restaurant critic are: How did you become one? How many times a week do you eat out? And how do you not weigh 300 pounds? A fourth question almost always follows closely: What’s the best restaurant off the Strip? For the record, the answers are: It’s a long story, 10 times a week, I have the metabolism of a hummingbird—and Aburiya Raku, best known to regulars simply as Raku.

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