Sushi Mon

All-You-Can-Eat | Japanese
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Las Vegas has a peerless all-you-can-eat scene: not just touristy steam-table buffets, but a number of all-you-can-eat sushi places. Dozens of them serve unlimited rolls, and all of them are perpetually packed. Most places have similar prices, menus and codes of conduct. There is a time limit, and some expensive items can only be ordered once (like uni). You must eat everything that you order (or incur a fine and public shaming), and you absolutely can’t share anything with non-participants. Rules aside, the whole menu, even the fried oyster, is your oyster. Go nuts!

Sushi Mon does all the important things well. It’s not quite the Sushi that Jiro dreams about, but it is by far the best all-you-can-eat sushi we’ve experienced. A la carte pricing is fair, too, if you’re not feeling piggish.

We sat at the bar and watched the focused squad crank out sushi for an hour without pause. Busy as they are, all of the fish is cut to order. We started with gaudy, Vegas sounding rolls, and as the kitchen gained our trust, we switched to more simple raw fish based items. All are good.

The flamboyant sexy girl roll is an omnibus with several types of crunch, four kinds of fish, and two sauces: a gaping mouthful. Incidentally, this is the second raciest name on the menu, after something called “orgasm sauce,” which we refused to order on principle. Compared to others, Sushi Mon actually is quite tasteful. Another place we considered trying had so many X-rated roll names that we couldn’t have possibly published a review. 

We really enjoy the crispy rice roll, which is a take on the spicy tuna on crispy rice appetizer that has become a benchmark of West Coast sushi. It is an entire California roll, fried and topped with spicy tuna.

Sushi lasagna, which is on the menu at several sushi places in Las Vegas, is basically a California roll topped with “scallop yum sauce” and strips of cream cheese.  Scallop yum sauce is spicy mayo. This baked roll became more of a rice casserole than anything recognizable as sushi.

The best roll we’ve had was a daily special, the Little Tokyo roll, featuring refreshing flavors of cucumber and yuzu with fresh tuna. A serrano chili slice on top flavored each piece with a strong heat.

Some final words of advice: Most rolls are available as halves, allowing you to sample more different varieties. Also, don’t be afraid to order nigiri here. The fish is high quality and it is not overloaded with rice like you find in shoddier sushi places.

What to Eat
Sushi Mon, Crispy Rice Roll
Crispy Rice Roll
Must-Try
Like spicy tuna on crispy rice appetizers, but made with fried California rolls.
Sushi Mon, Little Tokyo Roll
Little Tokyo Roll
Must-Try
A perfect summer maki. Tuna and cucumber topped with yellowtail, a chile and yuzu juice.
Sushi Mon, Salmon Hand Roll
Salmon Hand Roll
Must-Try
Generous with long strips of fresh salmon.
Sushi Mon, Tiger Roll
Tiger Roll
Shrimp tempura cucumber and avocado topped with spicy tuna and avocado
Sushi Mon, Sexy Girl Roll
Sexy Girl Roll
Shrimp tempura, crab and cucumber layered with spicy tuna and scallop yum finished with tempura crumbs, spicy garlic sauce and spicy eel sauce (whew)
Sushi Mon, Lasagna Sushi-Mon Style
Lasagna Sushi-Mon Style
Scallops cream cheese and lots of yum yum sauce.
Sushi Mon, Lychee Sorbet
Lychee Sorbet
Sweet and sticky with chunks of lychee suspended in the sorbet.
Information
Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Website

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