Another Vegas tradeshow. This time we escaped the insane prices, overbearing noise and celebrity chef pretension of the restaurants on the strip and enjoyed a memorable dinner at Raku. Even with the $15 each way cab fare from Mandaly Bay our party of four came out ahead. With moderate drinks it is possible to have a very satisfying business dinner for $50 per person.
The meal was memorable not only because of the quality, but because of the uniqueness. This menu was a far cry from the sweetened seaweed salad and sticky sushi rolls that are the core of most Japanese restaurants. Each dish was an experience and each was excellent. Our server magnified the experience by offering step-by-step instructions on how to garnish and eat each dish. With the proper combination of Raku's homemade soy sauce, chili pepper and flavored salt we perfected the taste of several dishes - especially the homemade tofu. Highlights beyond the tofu included the shrimp (eat them whole) and the sashimi salad.
The only area Raku lacked was in the attentiveness of the service. Everyone was friendly and helpful, however plates could have been cleared faster between courses, drinks refilled faster and more frequent check-ins from the staff would have been appreciated.
The true measure of an experience is whether we share it with others. I've already told four other people about this restaurant and encouraged them to visit. Finding Raku is almost enough to make me look forward to my next tradeshow stint in Vegas.
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