I had huge expectations for Kabuto, based on the online reviews and the recommendation of one connected Las Vegas food professional, who said his friends liked it. Plus the ramen place Monta, apparently owned by the same people, was such a revelation for me. Kabuto and Monta are in the same Las Vegas strip mall. For me, Kabuto was a disappointment. It was above average sushi. With a beer, a 10-piece nigiri sampler, a couple of extra pieces of sushi and a tip, my bill came to $84. My taste buds didn’t taste sushi that rated that kind of cost.
To cut directly to the point, two sushi stood out as especially fishy tasting: the jack mackerel and the shad. The jack mackerel had an especially strong sardine taste. I was eating the ginger after that one. I have to confess I’m not a veteran of high-end sushi places. Maybe this was how the jack mackerel and the shad was supposed to taste. If I’m spending a lot of money on the food (this sushi is flown in fresh daily, according to other online reviews) I’m expecting a superb experience.
For me, the unpleasant tasting sushi started with the first one. It’s listed on the menu as kinme or golden big eye. I assume from a Google search it’s some kind of snapper. It was a mild fishy taste. Not as strong as the jack mackerel or shad. But right from the start it was an unpleasant fish taste.
The sushi I liked the most were the fattier tunas plus the sweet shrimp. Both the medium fatty tuna, the chu-toro, and the premium fatty tuna, the o-toro, were delicious. The sweet shrimp and the o-toro were sushi I bought in addition to the 10-piece sampler.
I've dislived the saltwater eel every other time I've had it but I liked it at Kabuto
I started my meal with a mango sake that was pleasant and some sort of spicy radish. I couldn’t quite understand how they were pronouncing its name.
Even the sushi I liked didn’t blow me away, though. Not enough to justify the price of a meal at Kabuto.
The restaurant itself is beautiful. There is no sign on the exterior, just a plain wall and a window. When you get inside, the restaurant is truly beautiful. Simple, elegant and tasteful are the words that come to mind.
And the service was excellent. They came through there.
Again, I have to acknowledge I don’t have experience at top sushi places. But I can go to places in the Bay Area that has sushi that tastes as fresh or better on my taste buds and it’s a quarter of the price.
5040 Spring Mountain Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89146
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