Omakase, or the chef’s choice menu, is an integral part of the Japanese culinary experience, and Akira Back (pictured) has not only embraced it in his two Strip restaurants—Yellowtail at Bellagio and Kumi in Mandalay Bay—he has redefined it. Breaking boundaries comes second nature to the Korean-born, Colorado-raised chef, so don’t be afraid to go off the menu. On a recent culinary adventure at Kumi, for example, we sampled foie-gras chawanmushi (a silky soft tofu concoction) and the Osakana box, which contains his special catch of the day. Oh, and don’t forget the eel, which he ices and beheads right before serving. While you’re eating, take advantage of Back’s gregariousness and listen to him lay out his plan to conquer the world, one dinner at a time. Just don’t ask to touch his knife. In Mandalay Bay, 632-9100.
Best of the City 2017
Our eighth annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best casino comebacks to irresistible pot products