4503 Paradise Rd(last visit: September 2007).
This is an unassuming little restaurant located in a small strip mall not far from The Hard Rock Hotel.
Offerings go far beyond ramen bowls and sushi. I neglected to take notes, but remember seeing a number of dishes not found at your standard cookie cutter Japanese restaurant.
Very plain. There's an eight stool sushi bar, and about fifteen four-person tables. The restaurant is kept clean; medium soft music plays in the background. When I went for lunch, the clientele was largely Japanese speaking.
Lunch, served on a lacquered tray, consisted of miso soup and an uni-ikura bowl. The miso was very good: full of crunchy scallion, some tofu and seaweed. I give it extra points for not being too salty.
The uni-ikura bowl was impressive. On top of a layer of rice was a generous amount of sea urchin, and the largest amount of salmon roe I've ever had at one time. The uni was firm and fresh. The ikura was also very fresh: bright, firm, bursting with briny flavor. I recommend this dish to everyone.
Based on a single lunch time visit, I was impressed. This seems like the kind of place to get good Japanese food that goes beyond the usual, at prices that won't leave you gasping.
The meal was $15, plus tax and tip.
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