Aburiya Raku from Where All Those Famous Las Vegas Chefs Eat on Their Night Off (Slideshow)

Where All Those Famous Las Vegas Chefs Eat on Their Night Off (Slideshow)

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Aburiya Raku

Apparently Las Vegas chefs often get down with Japanese food, because chef Mitsuo Endo’s Aburiya Raku is a favorite of many. Count ubiquitous celebrity chef Mario Batali among the fans of the robata cuisine (which in Japanese means “fireside cuisine” — although I wish it meant “cooked by robots”) and has called Raku the best restaurant off the Strip. Paul Bartolotta cites the ever-growing menu (mostly containing small plates like kobe beef filet skewers, enoki mushroom wrapped with bacon, and steamed foie gras egg custard) as an aspect that lures him in. Guy Savoy likes that it’s open until 3 a.m., an opinion likely shared by countless Vegas night owls. The name means “Charcoal Grill House Enjoyment,” and according to the local chefs, that last word is quite fitting.