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Shibuya at MGM Grand Las Vegas

Japanese Cuisine at MGM Grand Las Vegas

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Shibuya at MGM Grand Las Vegas
I think I have walked by Shibuya a few hundred times and stopped in about four. I’m not sure why other than the obvious fact that there are a lot of restaurants to choose from inside the MGM Grand Hotel. What a shame. I’m embarrassed that it took me so long between visits. My recent visits, yes, that is plural, as in I went in and then went back were outstanding. Like finding an extra twenty in a pair of pants that were washed Shibuya is that exciting surprise that I just did not expect.

Yes, sushi is in abundance in Las Vegas but the truth is that the menu as a whole really is exciting. The dining room can fit the need for a fun Las Vegas meal or a romantic night out on the town. Ultimately, if you combine the classy cocktails and the fresh fish along with a few of the exciting new dishes you’ll be telling people about a new spot that is not so new in Las Vegas.

Location: Shibuya
MGM Grand Las Vegas
3799 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Phone: (702) 891-3001

See the Shibuya website

Cuisine at Shibuya: Japanes

Reservations: suggested

Price Range: moderate to expensive

Sunday - Thursday, 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday, 5:00pm - 10:30pm

Attire: Casual/Business Casual

What to Expect at Shibuya:
You can get the teppenyaki experience if that is what you are seeking but I would rather have the good meal where the service is just right and the conversation on the table is about the excitement of Las Vegas and the activities for the evening. The dining room is energetic but not so much so that it is loud and in your face. You can find the right balance between Las Vegas action and comfortable conversation meal at Shibuya.

I would not go so far as to say that this is traditional Japanese and lean more to defining it as West Coast Japanese. You won’t be sitting on a pillow and eating on the floor but you will be treated to fresh fish and some precise cooking techniques that are preserving the flavors of quality ingredients.

How’s the food at Shibuya?
If you are seeking out a good Japanese restaurant in Las Vegas it will be hard to find a better experience than Shibuya. The sushi is fresh and well priced and the entrees for the non-fish lovers are excellent. The braised short rib will make any meat lover happy.

What you should try at Shibuya:

  • Shibuya Roll – Soft Shell Crab, Jalapeno, with spicy albacore and ponzu scallions – If there is one way to hit every flavor profile it is with this dish. Split it with someone you trust to take their fair share and not more. You might order more.
  • Poke’ Roll – I’m a crazed poke’ eater so this is not Hawaiian poke but it is the fancy stuff that I am starting to become quite fond of. Diced Tuna with some sprouts and avocado. Fresh and tangy and so pleasing to the planet.
  • Sashimi – Yes you’ll need plenty. I’ll suggest Kanpachi Sashimi with that lava salt that I love so much or the Hiramasa Jalapeno that has just the right amount of ponzu to help it out.
  • Braised Short Rib & Seared Foie Gras – I’m a huge fan of that fatty flavor that comes from a slow cooking method that makes a piece of beef transform into mouthwatering melt in your mouth happiness. This is that dish.

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