Sushi! Burritos! Sushi! Burritos! That what’s-for-dinner argument has raged for centuries, and now there’s an easy answer: sushi burritos!
Jaburritos, the latest innovation from chef John Chien Lee—whose 2-year-old Soho Japanese Restaurant ranks as one of the best off-Strip sushi spots in town—launched this month, and I’ve already been three times. Odds are I’m pulling into the parking lot across from Palace Station as you read this.
So what’s a sushi burrito? It’s not just an oversized hand roll. As Lee explains, “I love sushi, and I love Mexican food,” so he fused the two cuisines into sizable burritos like the Baja ($7.95), which teams yellowtail and spicy tuna with cilantro, jalapeños, avocado, red onion, tortilla strips, cabbage, lettuce and avocado cilantro sauce. You choose the wrapper—nori (seaweed), soy paper (my favorite) or flour or wheat tortillas—and you can swap out sushi rice for brown rice, though I can’t fathom why you’d want to.
So far, my top pick is the Long Beach (shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, imitation crab and more, $11.25), which packs a pleasant crunch amid its swirling flavors. Or maybe it’s the Redondo ($12.25), the recommendation for sashimi lovers, its salmon/yellowtail/ahi trio bolstered by wasabi mayo with a sharp kick. (I also suggest playing with the tomatillo shiso sauce, house-made soy and salsa verde.) There are steak, chicken and tofu burritos for the fish-averse, and you can get any combo—or create your own—in a bowl or as “Jachos,” Jaburritos for nachos. The new restaurant also plans to blend juices (cucumber/mint/jalapeño lemonade!) and serve beer and sake in the coming weeks. Wonder if Palace Station offers a long-term room rate ...
Jaburritos 2600 W. Sahara Ave. #115, 702-778-2525. Daily, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.