Scene: Food and Fun in Las Vegas

Check out Las Vegas' City Center and Town Square for some food and fun after the shows.

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WWD MAGIC issue 02/16/2010

Clean Cooking


New York chef Masa Takayama has brought his fresh and simple creations to Las Vegas. His new restaurant in the Aria Resort & Casino includes the main dining space, Bar Masa, and the smaller and more exclusive Shaboo. The sleek and spacious interior of Bar Masa reflects Takayama’s clean cooking. Richard Block Architects designed the space with a focus on raw cast concrete, stainless steel, teak wood and leather. Takayama’s specialties include Dancing Shrimp ($26), Sizzling Spicy Octopus ($28), Peking duck with foie gras ($26) and Ohmi beef Tataki with white truffle ($89 to $120). A selection of handpicked sake and wines from around the world is available. The intimate, 52-seat Shaboo offers an omakase-style experience lead daily by Takayama — at a hefty $500 per person. The chef introduces the Shaboo cooking style with a demonstration, then teaches guests the techniques involved in preparing the food. Shaboo’s meat and seafood dishes are paired with rich dipping sauces like lobster bisque or citrus sauce. Takayama is also known for pairing his signature toro slices with Petrossian caviar. To cleanse the palate, Shaboo offers seasonal ice creams such as winter truffle, soba tea and icy pomegranate sorbet. Bar Masa and Shaboo at Aria Resort & Casino at City Center; 3730 Las Vegas Boulevard; 877-230-2742 for reservations. Open daily, 5:30 to 10 p.m.

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