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.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.