The off-Strip hot spot earned its fair share of praise thanks to its take on modern Japanese cuisine—Japanese ingredients treated with international flavors and techniques—but mostly because the food is just that badass. The small-plates menu is complemented by interesting sushi and sashimi, as well as intriguing combinations such as tuna, watermelon, jalapeño and mint. The chef’s specials, which rotate frequently and seasonally, are just as creative, with dishes such as the takorizo, a combination of grilled octopus, chorizo, honeydew, almonds and salsa verde. If you’re feeling especially daring, you can opt to leave the meal in chef Ramir DeCastro’s hands for a nine-course omakase procession of exactly what he thinks you should eat that night. 4983 W. Flamingo Rd., 702-685-8358, YonakaModernJapanese.com.