After being fully burned at BarMasa at Aria, I was over with the over-priced Asian-fusion crap and decided to checkout something more traditional. I inquired about a traditional Japanese restaurant that a local would go to and was told to see Hamada, located in a restaurant mall type area.
Although, by LA standards, this place is pretty large for a mom-pop type restaurant, by Vegas standards, it’s not that large. However, the first indication about it’s authentic nature was when both the hostess and waitress both spoke Japanese. So far so good.
One thing I did notice was that the restaurant was completely empty. I may have been the only customer there. That’s always a bad sign.
The menu consisted of the usual traditional type dishes, so I ordered Hiya-yakko (cold tofu) to start, and a sushi combination for my dinner.
The tofu was okay, but not great. Nothing wrong with the way it was prepared, but the tofu itself wasn’t fresh.
And above, you can see the low quality of the sushi ($27) itself. The tuna was not fresh, and everything was sub-par, including even the egg sushi. In fact, the ginger was even dry, which is a clear indication that they are not busy enough to use up their ginger. But how hard is it to keep your ginger fresh? At least it wasn’t $90, but I’d rather pay more and get good sushi.
So far, I’m batting zero in Vegas for sushi. At least the green tea was free.
Come here for the non-sushi traditional Japanese food. Actually, just skip it.
Hamada of Japan
365 E. Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas, NV