Pop Goes the Sushi at Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge at Bellagio Las Vegas

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Ginger-Something Martini at Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant, Bellagio Las Vegas, April 2013

Ginger-Something Martini at Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant, Bellagio Las Vegas, April 2013

Justin Timberlake dined at Bellagio’s Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge about a week prior to my sister and mine’s Las Vegas girlfriend getaway last month. So did his wife Jessica Biel on another occasion that same week. We didn’t see any celebrities in the restaurant but we were seated outdoors with a front row seat to the dancing waters of Bellagio’s Fountains. Depending on the time of day, the show, synchronized to music, plays every 15 to 30 minutes.

Lobster Spring Rolls, Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant, Bellagio Las Vegas, April 2013

Lobster Spring Rolls, Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant, Bellagio Las Vegas, April 2013

The Feel
The atmosphere at Yellowtail is chic-chill, the cocktails were refreshing and beautiful (I had a ginger-something martini, pictured above) and the food was tasty. Our food was good and with the exception of a couple of dishes we sampled, wasn’t anything extraordinary.

Seaweed Salad and Edamame Served Two Ways with Sea Salt and Sweet Chili, Yellowtail at Bellagio Las Vegas, April 2013

Seaweed Salad and Edamame Served Two Ways with Sea Salt and Sweet Chili, Yellowtail at Bellagio Las Vegas, April 2013

The Food
Rather than opting for entrees, we shared appetizers and sushi. Our Japanese feast included seaweed salad, edamame served two ways with sea salt and sweet chili, lobster spring rolls and a Popping Spicy Crab roll. The last dish was the main reason I chose this restaurant. My friend and expert marketer Nate Long had recommended this roll which features Pop Rocks.

Popping Spicy Crab Roll on the Left at Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant, Bellagio Las Vegas, April 2013

Popping Spicy Crab Roll on the Left at Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant, Bellagio Las Vegas, April 2013

The Fun
Yes, as in Pop Rocks Candy. Fun with food! Turns out, the restaurant’s Executive Chef Akira Back is a former professional snowboarder raised in Colorado with a zest for Pop Rock so he found a way to bring that rock ‘n’ roll feel to some of his entrees. In addition to the candy, this uramaki sushi includes asparagus and cucumber. And oh yeah, there’s a little fruity flavor and crackling sensation.

View of Bellagio Fountains at Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant, Las Vegas, April 2013

View of Bellagio Fountains at Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant, Las Vegas, April 2013

I’m a Fan
Service was outstanding, attentive and importantly, personable. I can’t even imagine how many restaurants there are in Sin City and although I like to taste new restaurants, I’d probably return to Yellowtail the next time I find my in Las Vegas.

Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge
600 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Tel: 866-259-7111
www.bellagio.com/restaurants/yellowtail.aspx

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Author: Solo Travel Girl

Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led Jennifer Huber, aka: Solo Travel Girl, to a career path in tourism. She has worked in the tourism industry for more than 20 years including 10 years with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley and Everglades National Park. She currently lives in Southwest Florida, and maintains this travel blog with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely.

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