Sushi Samba

Las Vegas, Nevada

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After making a wonderful trip to Peru last year, I have a bit of nostalgia for Peruvian cuisine. Needless to say, I was excited when I discovered that there was a Peruvian/Japanese restaurant on The Strip in Las Vegas. The restaurant itself has a very trendy feel to it. Most of the clientele seemed to be in their 20's and early 30's and the decor was very modern. Almost all of the dishes are served tapas-style, and guest are encouraged to sample from both the Peruvian and Japanese menus.

I went to Sushi Samba with a vegan friend and, between the two of us, we managed to order almost all of the vegan items on the menu. We had the trio of seaweed salads, served with tomato "caviar"; cripsy taquitos, which the server made vegan especially for us; Peruvian corn; coconut rice; sweet plantains; purple potatoes; Veggie Kun sushi rolls; and green bean tempura, drizzled with white truffle oil. The portion size for the tapas was quite large, so next time I would probably only order half as much. All of the dishes were delicious, but I especially enjoyed the Peruvian corn and green bean tempura. Our waitress gets major bonus points for arranging for the taquitos and tempura dishes to be altered so that we could eat them.

Lastly, I have to say that Sushi Samba may have the coolest bathrooms that I have ever seen in a restaurant. The toilet stalls are beautifully-decorated cylindrical "pods" and the ladies' room had a really sweet attendant who had breath mints, lotions and perfumes for patrons to sample.

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