The current appetite for Pan-Asian cuisine has generated a stellar new entry on the Las Vegas restaurant scene with the opening of Makino Gourmet Sushi and Seafood Buffet in Summerlin.  This makes three Makino locations locally (also Flamingo & Decatur, plus Premium Outlet Mall downtown) with a fourth scheduled to debut in May 2007 at a Green Valley site.

"Today is a happy day for myself and the entire Makino Restaurant Group," said owner and international sushi chef Kaku Makino.  "Our ultimate goal is to provide our patrons with the highest quality authentic Pan-Asian food at a reasonable price.  I am confident the Summerlin restaurant will be a huge success."

What's the secret ingredient for sushi chef/owner Makino?  Quite simply, it’s the aforementioned "highest quality authentic Pan-Asian food at a reasonable price."  One could add variety:  some 60 different sushi and rolls; tempura and yakitori; salads; soups; grilled meats; offerings from Chinese, Korean and other Southeast Asian as well as Japanese cuisines.

Kaku-san continues to apply the highly successful "quality and low price" formula he's utilized for nearly two decades to build one of the strongest Asian buffet chains in the Southwest. 

Los Angelinos will remember his original Todai in Santa Monica, which led the way among the wave of trendy sushi bars to hit the West Coast in the early '90s. Within a few years he'd spread out to 16 southern California locations and began searching out fresh venues.  Makino made his way to Las Vegas in 1999 and has been here since, profiting from the explosion of interest in fine dining which has been part of the city's dramatic growth.

In Summerlin, Makino is tweaking the formula a bit, opting for a slightly upscale version of his established Vegas buffets.  The ample 9,600 square foot space is designed to resemble a rather luxurious fishing boat replete with earth tones, cherry wood and plush mahogany-and-black semi-private booths.  There's also a waterfall and a Red Rock mural along the full bar.  The bartender will pour you out a glass of Shochu, a low-cal Vodka-like drink very popular in Japan.  Of course there's a great selection of sakes and good Japanese beer on draught.  You can even get MaHalo, the tasty desalinated Hawaiian bottled water harvested 3,000 feet below the ocean's surface.

Makino in Summerlin
1225 S. Ft. Apache
(at Charleston Blvd. in Summerlin)
 Las Vegas, NV 89117
Phone: ( 702) 759-0099

Makino on Decatur
4001 Decatur Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89103 
Phone:  (702) 889-4477
Fax:  (702) 889-9033 

Makino Premium Outlet
Inside of Premium Outlet
775 S, Grand Central Pkwy.
Suite 1301
Las Vegas, NV  89106
Phone: 702-382-8848
Fax: 702-382-8849

Makino Gourmet Seafood & Sushi Buffet is open every day for both lunch (11-3) and dinner (5:30-10).  The after-hours lounge will operate from 9:30-midnight. There is private dining room for groups.  

Lunch is $16, dinner $26 (respectively $8 and $13 for children 5-12; tots munch for free).  Seniors get a reduction of 20% for dinner time; reservations  recommended. Payment methods: Visa, MC, AMEX or Travelers checks. Restaurant available for private parties up to 250 people; group discounts available. Large parking lot for tour groups, with specials for tours.

Makino's two additional locations at Flaming & Decatur and the Premium Outlet Mall in downtown Las Vegas offer both lunch and dinner.  Lunch is priced at $14.95 for adults, $6.95 for children on Monday through Thursday.  Dinner goes for $22.95 (adults) and $10.95 (children).  On the weekend tabs rise slightly.

— Feature by Jerry Nemanic, Jetsetters Magazine Las Vegas Editor.

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