When it comes to indoor dining, one of the things I miss most is sitting at a sushi bar and watching the chef create bite-size masterpieces of rice and fish. It’s such a simple combination of ingredients, yet sushi artistry is nothing short of Zenlike, punctuated by the chef yelling out an order. It’s a familiar rhythm played out in countless spots around town.
These days, of course, we have less of this interaction, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy quality sushi. Tao Asian Bistro at the Venetian, which has one of the most outstanding sushi programs on the Strip, now offers a curated box delivered to your door.
Think of it as omakase to-go. Tao’s chefs have put together a selection of favorites that includes two signature sushi rolls (on a recent night, Crispy Spicy Tuna Roll with avocado and soy paper and a Chef’s Roll with salmon, tuna, avocado and aji amarillo sauce); nine pieces of nigiri or sashimi including salmon, tuna and yellowtail; two pieces each of spicy tuna and yellowtail on crispy rice; edamame and Tao-branded tamago. The box also includes soy sauce, spicy mayo, kabayaki sauce, ginger and wasabi to complete the feast. For $75, it easily feeds two or three people.
The box can also be customized with a la carte items, if something calls out to you. The handsome packaging features etiquette do’s and don’ts—don’t dump wasabi into your soy sauce; don’t top your sushi with pickled ginger before eating it; do eat nigiri in one bite; do rotate nigiri so the fish comes into direct contact with your tongue. It’s a reminder that even when you’re eating it at home, sushi is as much an experience as a meal.
Tao Asian Bistro Sushi Boxes Available through Postmates and Uber Eats. Taolasvegas.com.