By Jack Houston
Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro and David Rockwell walk into a bar… That was the scene a few weeks ago as Nobu Hotel, Restaurant and Lounge was unveiled at Caesars Palace.
Only a combination 181-room boutique hotel and the largest Nobu restaurant in the world (12,775 square feet) could bring together the chef, Oscar-winning actor and renowned architect, respectively, all of whom helped realize the project.
The restaurant, fronted by an oblong bar and adjacent lounge, features a menu of hot and cold dishes, highlighted by yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño and black cod with miso (remarkably, it was Matsuhisa who helped popularize these now-standard dishes), premium Japanese wagyu beef and squid-ink pasta.
Guests looking to put their meal in the chefs’ hands can splurge for the multicourse omakase menus that pair signature Nobu creations with daily specials, with the option to add sake.
“I started cooking when I was 18 years old, and now I have restaurants all over the world,” Matsuhisa told the Las Vegas Sun. “It happened step by step, one by one.”