Sake Rok is a huge Vegas party, with unforgettable food, too

Till MGM Resorts plants something because big end area throughout from T-Mobile Arena’s Toshiba Plaza, Sake Rok is all alone on the Park. Sure, there are other places to eat and drink, but those are created for before or after you capture a program at T-Mobile or the Park Theater. Sake Rok is a destination unto itself– a restaurant and bar and special-event hot spot with its own in-house entertainment– that could exist in practically any resort property on the Strip. With its sushi and steak, dancing servers and endlessly upbeat environment, it offers an experience that recognizes however not largely readily available nowadays in Vegas, as restaurants have actually trended either to fancy or ultra-casual. If you do not want to go full Tao, here’s Sake Rok.

Naturally, all the extras would feel gimmicky if the food was average. Heading into its 2nd year, Sake Rok recently released an updated menu developed by executive chef Joe Mosconi (previously at Tao) and executive sushi chef Park Sung (previously at SushiSamba) that adds more little plates, more meat and more vegan alternatives– and a definitely killer bowl of ramen ($18).

This place was made for groups of party-ready restaurants, so plan to share. That’s when you need to buy sushi rolls, and the new kamikaze roll ($21) has shrimp tempura, jalapeƱo, avocado, tuna, eel sauce and a spicy vinaigrette– lots of flavor. Think about getting one of the new Australian Wagyu steaks for the table, too, offered in different sizes, charred and juicy and served with black garlic and bacon-wrapped enoki mushrooms.

New for veggie fans: the fascinating hybrid avocado toast crispy rice and the umami bomb mushroom tobanyaki ($15), with maitakes, shiitakes, oysters, shimejis and porcinis in yuzu-tamari sauce and coconut milk. Toss a few favorites, like crispy yellowtail sashimi tacos ($15), edamame with chili garlic butter ($6), salmon avocado hand rolls ($9) and seared scallops with yuzu soy butter ($26). For dessert? Honey toast, of course.

There are lots of locations for enjoyable, upscale-ish Japanese food on- and off-Strip, however Sake Rok packs an effective party punch you cannot find anywhere else.

Sake Rok The Park, 702-706-3022. Monday-Thursday, noon-10 p.m.; Friday, noon-10:30 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

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