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My dining companion succinctly summed up our experience at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill Las Vegas as we finished our multi-course extravaganza. “The subtle detail and simplicity created within this meal is just like the great masters, simplistic yet combined with complicated layers,” he announced as we noshed on desserts that included Chocolate Bruno atop a white chocolate crust and a to-die-for Gingerbread Bread Pudding.

Having lived in Tokyo for two years, my date went with his chops set for sushi and sashimi, whereas I went for the much ballyhooed Fried Chicken Blue Ribbon style, which means it is served with a wasabi and honey dipping sauce. Both lived up to our expectations and beyond.

Of the Omakase platter (a.k.a. Toshi’s Choice) of sushi and sashimi we were in awe of the artistry — colorful flowers, a cucumber boat brimming with salmon roe, banana leaves and other tropical accents were intermingled with a Dragon Roll of eel, avocado and radish sprouts, and the restaurant’s Blue Ribbon roll of lobster, shiso, and black caviar along with an array of raw delights. My ever poetic companion continued, “the artistry of this platter is what separates a great maestro from a common musician.”

Also playing a fine harmony on our palates was the restaurant’s appetizer of Beef Marrow, a decadent delight that we spread like jam on toast points. From the Steaks, Chops and Lobster portion of the menu, we enjoyed Hangar steak with wild mushrooms and fried scallion.

Other appetizers that we noted for their flavor simplicity included Kanpachi Usuzukuri, thinly sliced amberjack with Yuzu pepper for a pleasing citrus note, and Me Bachi Maguro Zuke or marinated Big Eye Tuna that packed a wonderful flavor punch from garlic chips. We also had Shrimp Ahi served with a mustard sauce with wasabi base, and the peanut butter and jelly of a sushi restaurant — Oxtail Fried Rice with bone marrow and shitake mushrooms.

For a symphony of flavors that runs the page from Hamachi and Kanpachi to Wagyu and Colorado Rack of Lamb, make it a Blue Ribbon night.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd., South, 702.736.0808
Open 7 days a week; Sunday to Thursday 5 p.m. – 1a.m. and Friday to Saturday 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.

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