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4455 Paradise Road, Las Vegas Off Strip   » map

Near: MGM Grand, Hooters, Tropicana

Nobu at Hard Rock Editors Choice!

Category: Sushi, Celebrity Chefs
Pricing: $ $ $ $ $
Rating: * * * * *
Dress Code: Business Casual
Hours: Daily 6pm - 11pm
Reservations? Definitely
Phone: (702)693-4440
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One of the best Japanese / Sushi restaurants in all of Las Vegas. Recommended.

Reader Ratings and Reviews:

My Rating: 5

This review is based on two recent visits to Nobu. As a single traveller and lover of sushi, I love being able to sit at the bar, chat with the chefs and watch them work. Sitting at the bar at Nobu is especially fun since there are a lot of high-end plates and incredients being prepared for the entire restaurant. Also, there always seems to be room at the bar.Sadly, I can't comment on regular menu items. I can however, comment on the 'Omakse' menu, which is in Japanese means "It's up to you." What this means in terms of your dining experience is that you are getting an on-the-fly tasting menu from the professional sushi chefs. Is it cheap? No. Is it good? Gawd Yes! On a recent trip, the chef asked me what kinds of things I liked, what things I didn't like, and asked me if I had tried these kinds of fish. I anwered. He pondered a bit and then made me a special plate of some of the tastiest stuff ever, based on my answers. That's just cool.As you would expect, they have the full compliment of Asian style beers as well as a full selection of sake, both warm and cold.Nobu is always a favorite stop. It's not cheap, but it's better than I can get at home by miles, leagues, and parsecs.

My Rating: 6

Nobu, now a Vegas fixture, was once the glam joint to visit on a trip, packed full of dot-com geekocrats and sales guys burning through quarterly bonuses. It's been around long enough for chef Nobu Matsuhisa's innovations (and there are a lot of them) to have throughly dispersed through mainstream culture. Given the fact that there are now almost thirty versions of Nobu globally, it's also just less novel.

Part of the key to understanding Nobu is that it's a Japanese-Peruvian restaurant. Matsuhisa spent a number of years running a restaurant in Lima, learning a cuisine had already absorbed a significant Japanese influence. Nobu's menu has a heavy Peruvian influence, especially in the way that the principles of ceviche are applied to typically Japanese seafood. Ceviche uses the idea that you can "cook" fish by soaking in a slightly acidic marinade rather than using heat. Ordering off the menu or the omakase menu, you'll get to enjoy lots of versions of this, from the Tiradito (which is purely Peruvian) through Nobu's famous "new-style sashimi salad." Nobu's genius is using Latin culinary methods to make a fresh-tasting twist on traditional Japanese food.

Nobu's Miso Black Cod is one of those blockbuster culinary innovations (like Vongerichten's Molten Chocolate Cake) that have moved from radical to mainstream. There's no shock of the new, but this new classic is done better here than almost anywhere else.

Like most of the best chef-headed restaurants, Nobu is best experienced through a tasting menu. The omakase comes in several price levels, but all of them are a carefully orchestrated presentation of how this Japanese-Latin fusion makes something new and wonderful.

Vegas party trivia to remember: Nobu Matsuhisa appeared in the movie "Casino" as the Japanese high-roller.

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