NEW JAPANESE EATS: A FIRST TASTE OF YUSHO

LAS VEGAS WEEKLY  |  BROCK RADKE  |  April 12, 2014

Generally, Las Vegas restaurant menus are too big. There are an overwhelming number of options to choose from, and it’s not always easy to decipher a specialty, which dishes the restaurant does best.

At Yusho, the brand-new Japanese grill and noodle house at Monte Carlo created by Chicago chef Matthias Merges, the exact opposite is true. I wanted to order and eat every dish on its compact menu and then hope Merges would add more small, shareable bites to the selection. (Read more)

YOU SHOULD SO GO TO MONTE CARLO FOR YUSHO

LAS VEGAS CHATTER  |  MR PAPPAGIORGIO  |  April 14, 2014

Last week ended with a sneak peek at the newest restaurant at Monte Carlo. More specifically, a look at six draught cocktails from Yusho, a Strip-side, Japanese street-style food joint by way of Chicago. We'll get to the food in a moment. First, which of those $13 concoctions were our favorite?

This writer isn't a fan of gin at all (or tonic for that matter), but keeps searching for a gin-based cocktail that may change his mind. Yusho's Gin & Tonic has come the closest to turning my opinion, to date. The navy strength gin and housemade tonic combines for a rusty color that goes down fairly smooth and is a gin drink I'd return to. My favorite by far, however, was the Chuhai (Sudachi Shochu, Jasmine Tea, Citrus). Push aside your favorite summertime mojito, sangria and lemonade cocktail because the Chuhai is that perfect light-and-refreshing outdoor drink. It holds its own indoors as well. (Read more)

Q+A: FROM FIVE-STAR GOURMET TO STREET FOOD FOR YUSHO CHEF MATTHIAS MERGES

LAS VEGAS SUN  |  ROBIN LEACH  | April 4, 2014

It all began for chef Matthias Merges desperately wanting to escape his mom’s uninspired regular meals of overcooked liver and onions.

He eventually wound up with a 14-year run in charge of the late Charlie Trotter’s global five-star gourmet restaurants, cookbooks and food events. He opened Charlie’s amazing restaurant at the Palazzo and was in charge for nearly all the three years it won culinary awards galore. (Read more)

YUSHO UNLEASHES A NEW FOODIE DESTINATION WITH JAPANESE STREET FARE TODAY

EATER VEGAS  |  SUSAN STAPLETON  |  April 9, 2014

One of the most exciting and daring restaurants opening in Las Vegas this year debuts tonight. Yusho, the Japanese street food and noodle house from Chicago chef Matthias Merges, unveils its happy decor, Logan Poser Ramen, bao and a cocktail program to die for tonight. The restaurant joins co-conspirators Double Barrel Roadhouse and 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria at the front of the Monte Carlo on the new Boulevard, a redesigned front for the resort right on the Las Vegas Strip.

At the front of this 250-seat restaurant find the bar area, replete in anime artwork, happy teals, chartreuses, oranges and whites with a raw industrial feel. Here stop for one of the draught cocktails such as the Chuhai with Surachi Shochu sake, jasmine tea and citrus, a nod to the Chicago Billy Sunday cocktail program dispensed from taps behind the bar. (Read More)

GET HAPPY INSIDE THE ANIME AND INDUSTRIAL YUSHO

EATER VEGAS  |  SUSAN STAPLETON  |  April 10, 2014

Behold, Yusho, the new Japanese street food and noodle house fromMatthias Merges at the Monte Carlo. This happy 250-seater sits at the front of the resort on the new Boulevard with 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria and Double Barrel Roadhouse. Find three sections to the restaurant — a bar area in the front, an open kitchen in the center where guests can interact with the chefs and a dining room overlooking the Strip. Merges' wife Rachel Crowl designed the industrial, exposed brick and dyed cement floor look of this space. Find anime-inspired colors in chartreuse, orange, teal and white, dock lights and safety lights, anime movies projected on the walls and artwork from Sarah Becan, who created an entire comic book series based on the restaurant. Take a look around.

BEST NEW RESTAURANTS IN LAS VEGAS

TRAVEL + LEISURE  | March 2014

Chef Matthias Merges brings his imaginative, wildly popular fine-dining riff on Japanese street eats from Chicago (where it was named one of Food & Wine’s Best Restaurants of 2012) to Las Vegas’s Monte Carlo. Expect the cedar walls and exposed-wood beams of the 76-seat space to invigorate the hotel casino as a newfound foodie destination. On the menu: Merges’s famous ramen (crispy pork shoulder croquette, poached egg, nori, and cucumber); yakitori-like octopus charred over an open flame; marinated eggplant steam buns; and even not-too-sweet plump donuts made with tofu, sweet potato, and rosemary. (Read More)

TASTE A TRIO OF NEW RESTAURANTS OPENING

USA TODAY  |  GRACE BASCOS  |  March 25, 2014

Chicago represents in April when Yusho opens its doors at the newly-renovated plaza at the front of Monte Carlo. The Japanese-inspired noodle bar and yakitori from chef Matthias Merges will no doubt be an excellent perch for people watching on the Strip, while you sip on some sake, Japanese beer or a cocktail. Merges, who worked under celebrated chef Charlie Trotter, first opened Yusho in the Midwest, where Food & Wine named it Best New Restaurant in 2012. (Read more)

YUSHO OPENING AT MONTE CARLO

BOUTIQUE DESIGN  | March 12, 2014

Yusho, a Japanese-style grill and noodle house, will open next month at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The 250-seat restaurant, led by Chicago chef Matthias Merges, is being designed by Rachel Crowl of FC Studio and will be part of a new outdoor plaza being created at the resort’s front facade.

“My travels throughout Japan, Singapore and mainland China inspired me to create a concept that expresses my personal interpretation of traditional Japanese cuisine,” said Merges, whose original Yusho restaurant is located in Chicago. “I am delighted to introduce Yusho to the Las Vegas market, and I believe the restaurant will fit in seamlessly with the culinary experiences in development at Monte Carlo as well as appeal to guests and tourists from all over the world that visit the city.” (Read more)

CHICAGO HOTSPOT YUSHO TO MAKE LAS VEGAS DEBUT AT MONTE CARLO

FOOD & BEVERAGE MAGAZINE | March, 2014

Yusho, the Japanese-inspired grill and noodle house by renowned Chicago chef Matthias Merges will make its Las Vegas debut at Monte Carlo in April 2014.

The approachable menu will include varieties of fresh seafood, poultry, meats and vegetables, cooked-to-order over a chattering fire, along with house-made pickled vegetables, noodles and steamed buns. The high-energy venue will offer guests a variety of social experiences positioned right in the heart of The Strip. (Read more)

CHICAGO'S HOT SPOT YUSHO TO OPEN IN LAS VEGAS

CANADA.COM  | March 19, 2014

Monte Carlo Resort and Casino recently announced that Las Vegas will welcome Yusho Japanese Grill & Noodle House as part of its multi-million dollar renovation to its front façade. Opening April 4, Yusho will be a casual Japanese dining concept from the ascending culinary star, Matthias Merges. Yusho’s original Chicago location has been all the recent rage in the foodie community and by opening on The Las Vegas Strip, it's set to introduce its unique cuisine to a worldwide audience.

Don’t expect your standard sushi eatery here. (Read more)