AYCE sushi at M Resort's Jayde Fuzion - terrible sushi
I received an email from M Resort today saying that Jayde Fuzion has started offering an All You Can Eat sushi at the sushi bar. For $24.95 per person, you have unlimited access to all the nigiri and rolls (which can also be made into hand rolls) on the menu. Each guest also receives complimentary sake. It seemed like a good deal and the perfect opportunity to try this restaurant.
In short, don't bother. I knew it was a big risk and the rolls could easily become some dumbed-down version of sushi, but I figured the nigiri would be a safe bet. Somehow, they managed to mess that up as well.
The sushi bar seats 11 and is the only place you can order the AYCE. There looked to be an extra six-top that was assigned to the bar where a group was eating sushi. The environment is excellent and I had high (but cautious) hopes for the meal. We were given bowls of miso soup, which had slices of mushroom in it. That was the omen of a bad meal to come. I hate it when restaurants decide to add mushroom to a miso soup. It drastically changes the flavor and you lose the essence of dashi and miso, resulting in essentially a mushroom soup. Mushrooms in miso is something I associate with Asian buffets (and Bellagio's buffet, where they throw in whole button mushrooms).
There were 10 choices of nigiri and I ordered nine of them (each order is two pieces), skipping the Ebi (shrimp). The first plate arrived with my two pieces of hamachi. Immediately, I realized it may have been a mistake to order nine orders of nigiri. Each piece was HUGE (see pic with chopsticks for scale...each nigiri more than half the length of a chopstick). Each nigiri was easily 2-3x the size of a normal nigiri. Imagine a golfball-sized clump of rice with a gigantic slice of fish placed over it and then awkwardly squished to form a nigiri. Now imagine the rice is actually chilled, which brings out the flavor of the vinegar even more. And imagine the fish on top is thick, poorly cut, and also served chilled. What you end up with is a strangely sour piece of sushi that also tastes fishy, and the whole piece is cold. Every single fish tasted the same. Every piece was just a cold mess. No amount of dipping in soy sauce and wasabi could have saved the nigiri. With fish of that size, they'd have to actually sprinkle some finishing salt on top to make it palatable. Each piece was so large that my starting order was already too much.
Of the nine orders, I received the salmon twice and the salmon roe was forgotten. After everything else had arrived, the sushi chef informed me that the Bluefin tuna and the Big-eye tuna were not in stock so he couldn't make them. Out of the 16 pieces I received, I left 7 untouched. My friend ordered 2 orders of Hamachi and 1 order of salmon and was given double of everything. He ate 4 pieces of nigiri before calling it a night (so 8 pieces were left untouched).
We also shared two rolls. The spider roll (soft-shelled crab) was passable. The crab was well-fried, but again, the rice was chilled and overly vinegared. The sauces added to the top were lacking in flavor. It didn't help that the roll was wrapped in flavorless rice paper rather than nori. We also got the signature Jayde Roll. No flavor at all. The only nice part was the crunchy bits on top.
Sushi is meant to be bite-sized. Whatever is made for you is meant to be picked up and eaten as one bite. This is impossible at Jayde Fuzion. I don't know what their thought process was, but maybe the initial Food Network winner wanted very large sushi and nobody jumped at the chance to correct it after her departure.
I feel bad that I dragged my friend to try this place. The terrible name, the association with Food Network's horrible reality show, the "chef" with no prior professional experience (who left a few months after opening)...many things have kept my friends and me away from Jayde Fuzion. I thought the AYCE would be a good way to at least see the inside. I figured with the Food Network winner gone, they would have hired a real chef who knew how to run a restaurant. How could they mess up sushi, especially nigiri? Well, they found a way. And they took my $33. I should have just put $33 on black at the roulette table.
Those who read my reviews know that I usually write nice things and note places for improvement. My advice would be to just go to Goyamon or Sushi Mon where, for $2 more, you can get a good meal. If I had to say something nice about the place, I would say that their uni is pretty fresh, although wasted on a huge bed of bad rice. That's pretty much the only compliment I can give. I can't rate the actual seated dining part of the restaurant, but the menu and the dishes I saw go out seemed less than stellar. I'll never know though, because nobody is willing to go try it with me.
I feel your pain. I've noticed a trend among the lesser sushi places in Las Vegas to serve cold rice and very cold fish. I once got into my first- and last-ever argument with a sushi chef at the Japanese place above Benihana at the then Las Vegas Hilton.
I was alone at the sushi bar and he started serving me little rectangles of coldness. There's a moment when a server asks you how you like your food, and if the meal is average or a little worse, my general approach is not to say anything unless it seems that the person sincerely wants feedback. In this case, I thought that he did, so I told him I preferred my rice warmer and the fish not to be so cold. He insisted that fish should be served that cold. I am not a sushi chef. I'm not Japanese. But it doesn't take a genius to know his position was clearly wrong.
Do Las Vegans (locals or tourists) actually prefer sushi this way?
re: Dave Feldman
Cold fish on cold rice is a pretty big blunder. To make matters worse, most of the fish was cut incorrectly during my visit, so the fish was much tougher than it should have been. They essentially did the opposite of highlighting the fish.
As a local of two years and a tourist for many before that, I do not like my sushi that way. Goyamon and Sushi Mon have never served cold sushi and, since those are the most commonly frequented by locals, I guess the answer would be that locals do not like cold sushi.
I drove into Las Vegas on Tuesday evening and figured what the heck I'll try the AYCE sushi at Jade Fusion. All I can say is that the sushi and rice were NOT ice cold. THe rice was about body temperature and the fish was at an appropriate temperature. Maybe it was because it was a Monday or maybe it was because the executive chef Mark Sandoval was very much present. I had ikura, maguro, salmon, bluefin, unagi, and uni (double order of uni) I also had one of their fancy rolls - the spider crab roll. All in all, I preferred the nigiri to the fancy roll. The Ikura, uni, unagi and salmon were all very good. I also chatted upMark Sandoval and he gave me a few oysters gratis. The least impressive part of the meal was the sake - very lame cheapo sake. Was it great sushi? No but it was pretty good. I'd go back and get multiple orders of uni and unagi anytime.