The next evolution of Other Mama is upon us. Chef and owner Dan Krohmer, who has transfixed restaurant-goers with his Japanese-centric fare in his unassuming, Summerlin-adjacent spot since mid-2015, has elevated his game with the introduction of a limited-availability tasting menu. “I think it’s really important for customers to have variety,” he says. “And it’s also important for [me] to have an outlet that keeps my brain rolling.”
The ticketed meal will be available to no more than a dozen diners—for $75 apiece—every Friday and Saturday night, because Krohmer will be preparing all the dishes, creating what he refers to as “a very personal experience.” As evidenced by this past weekend’s unveiling, he’s putting his all into it.
Saturday’s dinner began with an amuse of dashi and soy-marinated eggplant topped with unctuous steamed ankimo (monkfish liver). John Dory crudo, accompanied by Asian pear, fennel and a mild aji amarillo vinaigrette, followed, the Peruvian pepper sauce constructed carefully so as not to overwhelm the delicate seafood.
After a sashimi course with in-house, cask-aged shoyu sherry, Krohmer presented his rendition of Manhattan clam chowder, rife with kohlrabi and lighter than the traditional version. Transitioning into savory mains, king crab salad with sweet potato croquettes preceded grilled Japanese red snapper with artichoke crema, each highlighting ingredients indigenous to Other Mama.
The final main focused on a less-familiar ingredient: duck breast. Glazed with a duck-infused port sauce and adorned with kabocha fritters and dandelion greens, the waterfowl was specifically sourced by Krohmer for the tasting menu. The journey ended with a pecan pie that would be at home in any Southern eatery, a credit to Krohmer’s versatility. “I want people to enjoy something neat,” Krohmer says.
Other Mama 3655 S. Durango Drive #6, 702-463-8382. Tasting menu available Friday & Saturday by ticket only.