September 8, 2008

Review: Japonais

We had the pleasure of dining at Japonais inside Mirage for day six of restaurant week. Reservations were for six-thirty. We were seated in the center of the dining room, we were able to see the sushi chefs whip up their creations. We had a quirky, friendly server that provided us with good service. Only green iced tea is offered, I opted for a diet coke, but Frank tried it. It was very good. I’d order it next time.

We started with crispy shrimp and salmon maki. The shrimp was coated in panko, it was true to its name. The salmon was fresh and marinated in soy. The roll was topped with wasabi tobiko sauce. As a whole the dish was fantastic. Next up was Kobe Carpaccio with yuzu and soy ginger sauce. It, too, was delicious.

Frank had filet mignon perched on potato puree and asparagus, the steak was topped with rich uni butter. Nice presentation, great flavor, and well prepared. I had Le Quack, which was maple smoked duck, served with cabbage, scallions, hoisin sauce, mango chutney and mushu wraps. Again, it was beautifully executed. It was best enjoyed with the mushu wraps.

Dessert was a trio: pumpkin cheesecake, chocolate cake and honey ice cream. Every bite was delicious. The honey ice cream and pumpkin cheesecake were our favorite. We had a great meal; we wouldn’t hesitate dining at Japonais again.

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