Las Vegas: Dinner at Izakaya Go

onigiri

onigiri

 

On my last trip to Las Vegas, I had a vague list of places to check out. So while I was in Chinatown (aka Pan-Asian Town as my friends and I are calling it), I spotted Izakaya Go and knew we had to check it out. A friend remarked as I ordered for our group of 8, I seemed to really know their menu even though I hadn’t been there before. True, I hadn’t but I’ve been to plenty of Japanese izakayas and home-style Japanese food is one of my faves. Set me loose at a Japanese place and I’ll come up with your best food game plan. And away we go to Izakaya Go!

But we also had a couple of others who enjoyed Japanese small plates and we had their input for what to order. This is a sampling of what we got. I may have missed some dishes that landed on the other side of our sunken booth (where we had to take off our shoes before climbing into the booth).

We started off with onigiri (rice balls) and worked through a few salads.

salad

salad with seaweed

 

I ordered both seaweed salads wanting to know the difference. The one we’re used to seeing, the bright green strands topped some mixed greens. This was polished off quickly since we had a large group.

edamame

edamame

 

We ordered several dishes of edamame (soybeans). The classic Japanese snack kept us occupied until more food showed up.

seaweed salad

seaweed salad

 

The other seaweed salad turned out to be slimier but I actually like this texture (I also like okra which has that similar slime). The Japanese love this texture. This was slurped up by a few.

 

calamari

baby octopus

 

We are also all seafood fands so the tender baby octopus went over very well.

yellowtail

yellowtail

 

We also hit the sushi and sashimi jackpot. We ordered a couple plates of sashimi including slightly spicy yellowtail topped with jalepeno slices.

 

albacore

sashimi with uni

 

The hit though was the albacore with uni. Everything is better with uni as they say.

 

salad

salad

 

We had a nice crisp radish salad topped with bonito flakes. Think of it as a Japanese Caesar salad with the fish flakes.

 

spicy tuna roll

sushi rolls

 

The sushi was fine but I would order more cooked food next time. Though who can resist spicy tuna and avocado.

 

from the robata

from the robata

 

I only really wanted okra wrapped in bacon from the robata grill. Since our group was so large, we got several skewers of these.

 

dumplings

dumplings

 

We also had gyoza (dumplings). Our small plates meal was truly amazing as we ran the gamut of Japanese food.

seafood zosui

seafood zosui

 

My comfort food are warm bowls of porridge. The Japanese take (zosui) is really tasty with seafood, egg and a very savory broth.

chawanmushi

chawanmushi

 

 

I also got a few chawanmushi for the table. For those who love the steamed egg at Korean restaurants will love the very refined steamed egg at Izakaya Go.

 

 

Izakaya Go

3775 Spring Mountain Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89102  —  (725) 333-9986

 

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