The Downtown Arts District continues to be one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in Las Vegas and in little more than a year, Yu-Or-Mi has established itself as the best place in the neighborhood for sushi. Strip veteran Virakone Vongphachanh has put together an intriguing menu of small, shareable plates with strong inspiration given to vegan and vegetarian rolls (including some off-menu, so feel free to quiz your bartender). If you prefer seafood after all, you can't miss the signature Yu-or-Mi roll, which loads up tuna, salmon, yellowtail, and shrimp against the bright pop of pickled daikon. The bar program is strong, featuring cocktails, wine, sake, and Japanese spirits, although when it comes to beer, the restaurant favors local breweries (like neighboring CraftHaus) over imports. Happy hour runs 3-5 pm.
How to book: The restaurant seats on a first-come, first serve basis, but feel free to call 702-473-5200 with any questions.
The culinary competition in the exploding DTLV Arts District is fierce, but YU-OR-MI Sushi & Sake Bar, located just across the street from the always-bustling Esther’s Kitchen, is a strong competitor, and not because it’s the only Japanese restaurant in the Arts District (though it is). Though the focus here is primarily on sushi, sashimi, and hot small plates, like their take on takoyaki with truffle oil and their outstanding bluefin tuna caprese, the one ramen dish on the menu is worthy of your attention. A shoyu ramen with a choice of organic chicken or char siu pork that is only available in limited quantities each day. Warm up with a hot bowl and enjoy some sake or a skillfully crafted cocktail made with one of their many Japanese whiskys or gins while you’re there.
How to order: Walk in or order pickup and delivery online.