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July 04, 2011

Tags: Las Vegas, WSOP, Travel, Tourism, Dining, Jaleo, Sen of Japan, Musashi, Firefly.

Well I've been slack to say the least with my blog this month, but with the amount of videos we're pumping out daily at the 42nd Annual World Series of Poker it's been hard to keep up! If I wrote about all the things I want to this would be a thesis, so as I prepare to tie up my pre-Main Event WSOP experience, I thought I'd start with some important recommendations for any newcomers to Las Vegas... My favourite restaurants.

Japanese and tapas are two of my favourite things when it comes to crunching my hunger, so here are my top two Japanese and Spanish restaurants I've discovered this summer in Las Vegas:

Musashi
Teppenyaki is always a fun dining experience, especially when you have Tiger as your chef at this poker-players-favourite. Kristy Arnett and I double dated here earlier on in the series for some of the yummiest shrimp, steak and fried rice, complimented with plenty of dirty jokes. Don't request Tiger if you're easily offended. But if you have a sense of humour anything like mine, you'll love him!

(L) Tiger cooking up a fest (R) Kristy and Andrew
(L) Tiger cooking up a fest (R) Kristy and Andrew

Firefly
Conveniently located directly across from Musashi, Firefly is an AWESOME little tapas restaurant that is packed to the rafters at any hour of the day whether it's for lunch or dinner. That being said, I've been four times this WSOP without a reservation and I've never had to wait more than five minutes for a table. The sangria is a must-order, they marinate it for three days, and your bill won't break the bank.

Sen of Japan
Move over Naked Fish, this is the new sushi hotspot. It's so favoured by the poker-playing community that they've even set up a station in the Poker Kitchen here at the Rio! I saw it for the first time today and nearly squealed with excitement. It's double the price of most Poker Kitchen items and about a quarter of the size, but it's 50 times the quality and worth every penny. I had three dishes today, I just couldn't get enough. The Black Cod melts in your mouth and the Spicy Tuna rolls are perfect.

Sen of Japan in the WSOP Poker Kitchen (sorry about the flash on the menu! The only word missing in the combo is Salmon)
Sen of Japan in the WSOP Poker Kitchen (sorry about the flash on the menu! The only word missing in the combo is Salmon)

Jaleo
For amazing cocktails and the most perfect collection of tapas you'll probably ever have, this is your place to go. It's located inside Cosmopolitan, the newest hotel and casino on the strip, next to a bunch of other amazing restaurants such as Milos which I'm dying to try as it's apparently got the best Greek cuisine going around. Jaleo is more on the pricier side than Firefly for tapas, but you definitely get what you pay for.

Team PokerStars Pros Angel Guillen and Nacho Barbero took me and one of my besties from home, Casey, to Jaleo. Although Casey lost the CC Roulette so she ended up taking us... Ooops
Team PokerStars Pros Angel Guillen and Nacho Barbero took me and one of my besties from home, Casey, to Jaleo. Although Casey lost the CC Roulette so she ended up taking us... Ooops

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