There’s a dazzling new Instagram photo op in town, and I’m not talking about Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Room” at the Bellagio. Every inch of the beautiful, opulent entryway of Catch, Aria’s latest seafood and sushi restaurant, is filled with colorful flowers and lights. The glitzy, attention-grabbing archway is right on brand for Catch, a favorite among celebrities in New York City and LA, and it sets the tone for the decadent meal awaiting you inside.
Formerly home to BarMasa and Tetsu, Catch’s space cost a cool $7 million to renovate. From giant, bird-caged booths to trees adorned with translucent orbs, there’s plenty to gawk at once you’re seated. But first, feast your eyes on the menu—especially the cocktail menu, which offers whimsical libations like the Ziggy Stardust (blanco tequila, white peach, egg white and angostura bitters) and the Mood Ring (gin, rosé, grapefruit, lemon, rosemary and a purple butterfly-pea flower tea float).
Naturally, a seafood restaurant like Catch boasts a mean raw selection—seafood towers, oyster shooters and Maine lobster cocktail, among other options. But Catch’s signature cold plate, the truffle sashimi ($31), is without a doubt one of Vegas’ best new dishes this year. Thinly sliced tuna and hamachi are delicately rolled and placed in a tantalizing, impossible-to-forget sauce comprising chili oil, ponzu and black truffle, then topped with caviar and scallions. The melt-in-your-mouth texture in every umami-laden bite is worth every penny (I even recommend saving any leftover sauce for later courses).
Of course, the presentation stands out here, and the Catch roll (crab, salmon, miso honey) is no exception: It’s hit with a blowtorch upon arrival. For a more hands-on experience, cook paper-thin slices of intensely marbled A5 Japanese Miyazaki Wagyu ($32 per oz) on a hot stone and dip it in yuzusoy, though it’s divinely rich on its own. There are some seriously spendy items on the menu—$195 will get you a 36-ounce American wagyu tomahawk—but there are affordable (and even vegan) options, too. From sweet potato gnocchi ($21) to mushroom spaghetti ($24), you can feel like a big fish no matter your lifestyle.
Catch Aria, 702-590-5757. Nightly, 5:30-11:30 p.m.