WYNN LAS VEGAS’ UNMASKING OF MIZUMI

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Mizumi at Wynn Las Vegas has opened to much fanfare, and very well deserved we might add. In June there was an exclusive soiree hosted by Steve and Andrea Wynn to introduce the new Japanese restaurant that’s dining space is as stunning as the exquisite fare. The bright red and gold accented room replete with traditional Japanese Noh masks opens onto a serene lagoon with a waterfall as focal point for a breathtaking eyeful.

Executive Chef Devin Hashimoto has created a menu that includes everything from sushi and sashimi to Robatayaki and, cold and hot plates. Hashimoto’s inventiveness is evident from the salad course with his Japanese version of Caprese Salad that is comprised of edamame tofu, avocado, ume-shiso dressing, and, of course, tomatoes.

Hashimoto wakes up the fresh flavor of Yellowtail Sashimi with a zip of jalapeño gelée along with soy salt, ginger, negi, cilantro oil, crispy onion, and ponzu sauce for a light starter. We also enjoyed Mizumi’s appetizer of Japanese Mushroom salad, a sashimi platter, and chilled Kusshi oysters from the restaurant’s six-course, $125 omakase menu. A dish of Salmon with Soba Noodles picked up a smoky, mushroom flavor to deliver a taste so enchanting it was almost to the detriment of the salmon because it was subsequently overlooked in lieu of the thick, chewy noodles.

A rarity for the Las Vegas dining scene, Mizumi has a Robatayaki Grill which offers some delicious choices like an ever-so-tender American Wagyu Short Rib served atop a puree of fingerling potatoes and wasabi horseradish cream. We are not sure why it tastes so divine but it probably has to do with the charcoal being flown in from Japan. Other Robatayaki menu items are Maya Prawn, Japanese King Quail, and Alaskan King Crab.

As for the next dish, Seafood Inaniwa Pasta, we have been dreaming about it ever since. Strings of delicately thin pasta share the bowl with octopus, scallops, king crab and roasted tomatoes and are bathed in a rich uni butter sauce. If you only order one thing, this is it.

Finally, our meal came to a traditional and tasty end with a sushi roll — Spicy King Crab Roll — of king crab, asparagus, avocado, masago arare, spicy tuna, and tobiko.

Mizumi is open for dinner nightly from 5:30-10 p.m. For reservations, 702.248.3463. www.wynnlasvegas.com/Restaurants/FineDining/Mizumi

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