Among all the magicians in Las Vegas, Dan Krohmer is one of the best. Behind a bland storefront, the chef who studied sushi in Japan and worked for Morimoto in Philadelphia serves brilliant seafood that’s transformed an average strip mall into a culinary hot spot and earned glowing praise all around town. Grab a couple counter seats and something special from the bar, then dig into whimsical dishes like French toast bites with caviar, blue crab hushpuppies, fresh sashimi and baller ceviche. The hard part is not ordering the whole menu.
The best seafood in Las Vegas is bound to make even the most enthusiastic gourmand forget about the truly delicious Italian, Indian and French delicacies around town. Simply put, there is something about the town’s seafood offerings that makes everybody go ga-ga, even though the closest quality water source is many miles away.
It might have to do with the fact that the restaurants serving the best seafood in Las Vegas source their ingredients with care, flying in freshly caught fin fish and pricey shellfish from as far away as Japan, Hawaii, the Mediterranean and farther afield. But it’s how the chefs handle this bounty from the sea that make these eateries truly stand out. Think lobster claws cooked with white wine and sea urchin, sea bass baked in a salt crust, shrimp and octopus marinated in a heady bath of citrus and spice. Inspired by the cuisine of Mexico, Greece, Maine and Maryland, these seafood restaurants remind us that the ocean is an incredible resource, and its bounty deserves the best preparations possible.
While you won’t be able to enjoy your seafood accompanied by salty waterfront breezes, this is Vegas after all, so an artificial lagoon or water fixture might not be too far away. If you’re jonesing for a nautical experience, head to the Venetian’s lagoons for a post-dinner gondola ride.
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