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Tempting tempura

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The large-format salt-and-pepper lobster and shrimp may actually be the most decadent tempura dish in town. Intended for three to four guests, it features six tempura-battered lobster tails and 18 shrimp, fried with garlic and chilies and finished with yuzu mayonnaise and soy glaze, $348.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 702-698-2663, momofuku.com

(Anthony Mair)
(Anthony Mair)


Chef Beni Velazquez tosses his shishito peppers in tajin salt before frying them tempura style. He then drizzles them with dragon guava teriyaki sauce and ginger soy crema, $6.

4865 S. Pecos Road, chinalatinalv.com

(Beni Velazquez)
(Beni Velazquez)


There’s a different accompaniment for every tempura offering at this Japanese-meets-South American restaurant on the second floor of Palazzo. The shrimp and vegetable version comes with Peruvian pepper and soy dipping sauce, while the rock shrimp version comes with a unique salad, $15-$18.

Palazzo, 702-607-0700, sushisamba.com


Sake Rok

One of the cutest tempura presentations in town comes from this festive spot on The Park next door to T-Mobile Arena. The plating of executive chef Sung Park’s vegetable version is inspired by a garden, and arranged so guests almost appear to be “picking” their favorites, $12.

The Park, 702-706-3022, sakeroklv.com

(Carlos Macias)
(Carlos Macias)

Pin Kaow

This Thai restaurant draws on some American sushi roll traditions in creating its shrimp tempura. The seafood is fried with a dose of cream cheese, and accompanied by plum sauce for dipping, $11.

1974 N. Rainbow Blvd., 702-638-2746, pinkaow.com

(Pin Kaow)
(Pin Kaow)

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