AROUND TOWN: Kobe Sushi Bistro a great place for sushi, Japanese fare

In response to a blog post about Lake Las Vegas’ Sushi SKool, someone asked about great sushi places in town. I’ve been to several around the valley (but not nearly enough… there’s just about one on every corner), and my absolute favorite is Kobe Sushi Bistro at 6375 S. Rainbow Blvd. (There’s also another at 9340 W. Flamingo Road).

Kobe features an extensive sushi list, from the traditional California roll, to more “adventurous” sushi, and, of course, fusion sushi. My favorite is spicy tuna; I try it everywhere I go. I have not been to a single place where the spicy tuna compares to Kobe. The fish is so fresh, and there’s just enough of a kick to make my taste buds dance.

My husband, a newbie to the sushi world, enjoyed the crab rolls. My step-dad always orders the yellowtail, a buttery-tasting fish that melts in the mouth.

One of the great things about Kobe is that non-sushi lovers can find something to eat. The chicken teriyaki is superb — not rubbery tasting like so many of Kobe’s competitors’ — and it’s made from breast meat. Although one of the things Kobe boasts is a steak house, I just can’t get away from the sushi to try it.

The atmosphere of Kobe is beyond compare. Modern Asian décor mixed with bright reds and blacks creates a sleek looking interior. The wait staff has always been friendly and prompt, happy to greet you with a Japanese phrase at the door.

Las Vegas Review-Journal food critic Heidi Knapp Rinella gave Kobe an A review earlier this year.

For those who live or work downtown, Nozomi at 2202 W. Charleston Blvd. is a good place to visit. It’s not nearly up to par with Kobe, but if you’re craving sushi and you’re downtown, it’s not bad. They can be slow, so you might have to keep the wait staff on track to get you out of there if you've got a one-hour lunch break.

Like the other reader, I’m always on the prowl for a great sushi place. Does anyone have any other suggestions?

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