In case you didn’t know this about me, I’m a big desserts person. Given the fact that Sweets Raku is an establishment geared towards desserts, I knew I had to check it out. It did take me some time but eventually I decided my birthday was a good enough excuse to give it a whirl.
Located west of Las Vegas Blvd. near the Chinatown area, the restaurant is designed for you to try a three course dessert tasting menu. (It’s only $19!). Two courses are already pre-selected by the chef and you are able to choose an individual dessert from their menu of five options (which changes seasonally). Everything is then prepared in front of you, which is also wildly entertaining.
To begin the epic dessert adventure of Sweets Raku, they have you eat the menu. That’s right. It’s edible. Pretty cool right? Talk about a no waste system.
After the menu, the real first course is usually a light option, like a seasonal sorbet. Something that helps cleanse and prepare the palate for the awesomeness that is about to ensue.
The second course would be the item of your choosing. My friends opted for the Jack in the Cup (similar to a mug brownie but about 30 times better) and the Stella. I chose the Mt. Fuji. A chestnut/hazelnut flavored cream dessert. It looks like a pasta ball but tastes like heaven. They even customized it for my birthday! Nice little touch, if I do say so myself.
(*The fantastic thing about all their desserts is that none were too overwhelmingly sweet. Since it’s not too decadent, it makes it easy to go through the three courses). Finally, the last course was a fresh made cream puff filled with your choice of vanilla or chocolate cream and your choice of berry jam.
If spectacular desserts isn’t enough reason for you to visit this adorable place, just know it also has a few savory dishes (like foie gras!!) on the menu. In addition to savory, they also have some libations to choose from. Sweets Raku has an impressive wall of teas to choose from and a fairly wide selection of wines.
Be aware that the restaurant does not take reservations, so on busier evenings there may be a long wait or it may be difficult with a large party. However, bonus points to Sweets Raku for also being open until 12:00am on most nights.
If you’re really into hole in the wall spots, and looking for a break from the price point and fuss of Las Vegas Blvd… consider venturing out to Sweets Raku.