Samba-ing with my sushi

Sushi Samba is a franchaise, yes i know this.  I've been to the one in New York, South Beach and when I was craving sushi in Las Vegas, we stumbled upon it.  And every time I walk through the entrance, I feel like doing a shimmy!  It's a sexy and fun environment with a DJ playing some latin beats and with innovative cuisine from 3 different culture - Japan, Peru, and Brazil. I'd think this melange of cultures would intrigue anyone to come here at least once.  And I'm never disappointed, the food here is really outstanding.  We settle on a tasting menu based on our server's recommendations and I loved being surprised every which way so it was perfect that no decisions needed to be made.  Each dish came to us as a work of art, beautiful and delicious!

We started off with a couple of tapas of yellowtail ceviche taquito with avocado, lemongrass and aji panca miso sauce  It's like a sushi taco and soo amazing. It's a great mix of flavours and soo refreshing as a starter on the palette!

We were also served the seared Kobe Beef with ponzu geleé, warm japanese mushrooms and you can never beat perfectly cooked Kobe.  It's so juicy and tender in your mouth and a light dish to start with as well. 

We were also served Sea Bass w/ a side of Peruvian Corn: The Sea Bass was cooked with sweet miso and was light and cooked perfectly and had the perfect buttery, melt in your mouth texture. The miso marinate wasn't too overpowering nor sticky which was very pleasant. ThePeruvian side of corn was very interesting.  They are humongous kernels of corn that are more chewy and it's just something that you wouldn't normally see or get a chance to taste.  I would order it for the novelty factor.

Then we were presented with the Sashimi Tiradito sampler: Yellowtail jalapeño and lemongrass; Kanpachi yuzu, sea salt, black truffle oil; Tuna granny smith apple, serrano, lime; Salmon orange and mustard miso.  It was gorgeous and there was a method to eating it to enhance your next bite but I can't remember the order.  I was really blown away at this mix of sashimi and flavours!

Then we were served a Mushroom Toban Yaki w/ Filet Mignon: This came in a stone pot and had a bunch of wild mushrooms and filet mignon in a creamy and delicious broth.  This was one of our hot dishes for the night and it didn't disappoint.  The flavours were mild and creamy and the filet was very tender.
Then came out our canvas of rolls, so beautiful that it was hard to destroy the art on the plate but of course we just dove in as they were too good to resist!

The gorgeous plate included from left to right:
-Bo Bo brazil roll with seared kobe beef, avocado, kaiware, shiso, red onion, chimichurri was to die for
-Green envy roll: YUM!!! tuna, salmon, asparagus, wasabi pea crust, aji amarillo-key lime mayo.  Had a great crunch to it and a good melange of textures and flavours
- Sushi Samba roll filled with lobster, mango, chive, tomato, peanut curry and enough good stuff to make you want it over and over again.
-Spicy Tuna Roll: no plate of maki is every complete without this and I was happy to have this as a balance to the crazy rolls that were on the plate.
- El Topo rolls- which had salmon, jalapeño, shiso leaf, fresh melted mozzarella, with crispy onion on top. 
This was my least favourite roll.  I thought it was too creamy and didnt like the onions on top.

All in all, this was a delectable experience and a good way to say goodbye to Vegas as it was my last dinner.  It is on the pricier side so diner beware but I think it's always worth it.  Ole!!

**** stars - Sushi Samba
The Palazzo
3327 Las Vegas Blvd S
Mon-Wed 11 am - 1 am
Thu-Sat 11 am - 3 am
Sun 11 am - 12 am
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