Yummy Sushi and Grill - West Lake Mead
Been here several times over the past few months and thought it deserved a brief highlight. Not to be confused with the Henderson location(unaffiliated), Yummy Sushi is located on 7331 West Lake Mead. From the strip mall parking lot, Yummy's glassed exterior, replete with large pictures of sushi rolls and the like, appears similar to many of LV's ayce crap joints. Once inside, however, you will find something more. Candidly, when a friend took us here I was skeptical. I was pleasantly mistaken.
Eric, the head chef and proprietor, is trying to provide quality ingredients. He focuses on seasonal Japanese ingredients. Past visits have included kinmedei, kanpachi, hon hamachi, shima aji, real tai, ahi/bluefin, and assorted shellfish. He has a preference for using live scallop and live uni (which I disagree with and always find to be a gamble), but the overall quality of his product is very good. Unlike Sen’s emphasis on Hawaiian fish, Eric really does try to source the best product he can given his limited customer base, restaurant size, and fiscal resource.
Sashimi and nigiri are what make a visit worthwhile. The rice is well seasoned and serviceable. The kitchen food is not different from any of the dozens of places in town – that is to say unremarkable. He is working on the sake list as well. I ate at Bar Masa and Yummy within days of each other and found little discernable difference (in fish quality) for a fraction of the cost. If you enjoy quality raw Japanese fish and shellfish, you may want to check it out.