Aburiya Raku Expansion Shows Off its Sweeter Side

If anyone can make lightning strike twice, it?s chef Mitsou Endo. His Aburiya Raku, tucked in a tiny strip mall on Spring Mountain Road, quickly achieved cult status among the country?s culinary elite shortly after opening in 2008, and not only was nominated as a Best New Restaurant by the James Beard Foundation in 2009, but Endo also received Best Chef in the Southwest nods in 2011 and 2012.

After noticing the recent mysterious absence of Endo?s sublime chocolate cake and green tea cr?me brulee from the Raku menu, Vegas Seven has discovered that there is method to such madness: Endo plans to open a neighboring wine and dessert bar called Sweets Raku. The confectionary is slated for an August 6 debut, and will feature a clean, white aesthetic. Endo?s idea is to create a place to showcase global desserts, from French to Japanese, that guests can enjoy with a glass of port, riesling or other wine. Although the space will be open during the day, it will most certainly experience heavy traffic from Raku?s dinner guests.

In order to remain at the helm of the Aburiya, Endo has imported a female pastry chef from Tokyo. Look for her to personally tend a dessert bar and prepare desserts in a manner one would expect from an expert sushi chef preparing fish. Both the bar and our expectations are high on this one, but we?re assured that the chocolate cake and cr?me brulee will return.

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