The original Las Vegas Benihana at Westgate Las Vegas is easily one of the most well known casino dining experiences on or near the Strip, an iconic destination for decades. With the resort celebrating its 50th anniversary and fifth year under the Westgate banner, the two-story restaurant—one of the largest Benihana locations in the world—has evolved into the anchor of a diverse collection of culinary offerings at the Benihana Village.
“The entire ambiance is something you can’t find anywhere else. It takes you to a different place,” says Aaron Losch, Westgate’s director of culinary operations. “That’s just one part of it, then you get into the food.”
The newest offering is the $28.88 all-you-can-eat sushi deal at Rikki Tiki Sushi, the intimate sushi bar adjacent to the village’s serene waterfall. That’s where veteran chef Masato Shiga uses the freshest fish available to create an imaginative selection of sushi rolls to go along with traditional nigiri, sashimi and appetizers like gyoza pot stickers and vegetable tempura.
The AYCE menu is available every day and includes hot or cold sake or hot green tea, a choice of miso soup or salad with sesame dressing, several appetizer options and a dessert choice of green tea or vanilla ice cream or mango or strawberry mocha. Endless sushi roll selections range from familiar favorites like California rolls, spicy tuna or eel and cucumber to the Casino Royal with crab salad, avocado, cucumber and tuna, or the Royal Flush with barbecue eel and avocado.
One of Losch’s favorite rolls is the new Lemon Land, a bright bite with crab, salmon, cucumber, avocado and a lively citrus ponzu sauce.
Benihana regulars love to complement their teppanyaki dinner with some sushi on the side from Rikki Tiki, and that’s another advantage of the multiple menus available in the village.
“You’ve also got Bar Sake so you can order some robata skewers or items from the Silk Road menu,” Losch says. “Being in the village gives us the ability to incorporate every single offering within the village into each one of our menus. You can experience any part of it any time.”
RIKKI TIKI SUSHI Westgate Las Vegas, 702-732-5755. Daily, 5-10 p.m.