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Viva Vegas: Dinner at Raku

There are a lot of great places to eat off The Strip in Vegas — Raku is one of them

Posted January 3, 2014 by Melissa Chang

There’s more to Las Vegas than Downtown and The Strip … in fact, on my next trip to Sin City, I may spend more of my time in Chinatown because so many great food places are popping up there. One of my favorite spots isn’t new (and I’ve actually blogged about it before) is Raku, an izakaya known for its robata grill items.

Foodies, chefs, and Las Vegas locals all know about this place, and you should, too. Celeb chef Lee Anne Wong saw my instagrams and said, “You are eating at my house of worship, my ONLY reason for eating in Vegas.” Is that enough of an endorsement for you? Okay, here’s what we ate this time:

Dinner at Raku (2 of 11)

Dinner at Raku

This was my first time having salad at Raku. We had the sashimi salad ($14), which is like the poke or sashimi salad you get at Korean restaurants. Mix in the hot sauce (that red glob on the side) to your liking, and serve. The salad has generous pieces of a variety of fish.

I don’t know about catching a taxi out to Raku, because I always rent a car so I can go off strip. My recommendation for you is to at least rent a car for one day so you can do Chinatown, shop at Trader Joe’s, and eat at Raku.

To see all photos from this day, click here.

Up next: A new and delicious gelato spot — so good, I had to blog it!


About Melissa Chang

Melissa has been blogging regularly since 2007 and has more than 25 years’ experience in marketing and public relations. She is currently an independent marketing consultant, specializing in social media. 

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