Looking for a place to sip on one (or five!) after-work drinks with your coworkers, bros, besties, or that dude you met on the dance floor last night? The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas' latest culinary triumph has you covered with its modern take on traditional izakaya, a super popular and informal Japanese gastro pub concept developed for cocktail aficionados who refuse to settle for half-assed grub.
Zuma's contemporary Japanese fare is almost too gorgeous to eat. Most dishes, though, are designed to be shared - so make sure you call dibs before your friends get all the grub first. True to the time-honored izakaya experience, appetizers, small and large plates are brought out throughout the night, leaving plenty of room to linger over drinks and gossip.
Once you've seen the spread, you'll understand why one kitchen wasn't enough for Chef Rainer Becker. His menu features an insane line-up of items from three galleys. Order mouthwatering sea bass sashimi with yuzu from the main kitchen first. Grab a few standbys - Dynamite spider roll, anyone? - at the sushi counter, and don't forget to sample delectable offerings from robata grill, too.
Don't be surprised if your tongue gets all fired up mid-meal: Many zuma bites are bolder than your typical Japanese fare. Hell! We dare you to try the gyuhire sumibiya kikarami zuke, (whew, that's a mouthful) a spicy beef tenderloin dish with sesame, red chili, and sweet soy. What are you waiting for? It's time to get your izakaya on.