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Zuma completes the new wave of Cosmopolitan dining

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Zuma’s yellowtail sashimi with green chile relish.
Photo: John Carey

Zuma has arrived in Las Vegas. Created and co-founded by chef Rainer Becker and inspired by the Japanese izakaya, Zuma’s first West Coast location officially opens January 28 at the Cosmopolitan, completing the hip resort’s recent dining update, which also includes New York City transplants Beauty & Essex and Momofuku.

“Las Vegas is adrenaline-charged, one of the world’s most unique cities,” Becker said in a statement. “There is a pulse of excitement and anticipation throughout the entire team as we look forward to introducing Zuma to the already-dynamic Las Vegas restaurant scene.”

Designed by Noriyoshi Muramatsu of Tokyo-based Studio Glitt, the 8,000-square-foot space incorporates elements of wood, rusted iron, stone and glass, including a wall composed of natural stone from Thailand. The bar and sushi counter are made of tree trunks, also sourced from Thailand.

The cuisine comes from three sources: the main kitchen, the sushi counter and the robata grill. Elegantly presented and boldly flavored shareable dishes include seabass sashimi with yuzu, truffle and salmon roe; baby chicken oven-roasted on cedar with barley miso; Wagyu beef with ginger and caviar; a spicy yellowtail roll with serrano pepper, avocado and wasabi mayo; and grill selections like spicy beef tenderloin with sesame, red chili and sweet soy and sake-glazed chicken wings with sea salt and lime.

If Cosmo’s new restaurants are all about pushing flashy food to new levels, Zuma should fit in just fine. Zuma at the Cosmopolitan, 702-698-2199; daily 5:45-11 p.m.

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