Nobu Las Vegas
4455 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89169
Nobu is legendary Japanese restaurant with 20+ locations around the world. This location is situation in the LOUD Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. They focus on Japanese food infused with bold South American and Western flavors. Their overwhelming menu has everything from standard sushi and sashimi, to inventive hot and cold dishes and omakase. They have lots of specials that are not on the menu. Most Nobu’s around the world have similar menu items.
Decor, Vibe – This dimly lit location had a river rock wall, bamboo divders, scorched ash tables, bar area, and a long sushi counter with several serious looking sushi chefs. Loud pounding beats were playing. As they term it ‘hip locals, chic party goers, and serious connoisseurs’ are usually there.
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California Roll ($12) was very good. Real crab and balanced avocado accents. Figured we have to try this just for fun.
Edamame ($7) cooked soy beans with sea salt was really good. Hard to believe something so mundane is special, but this is a must get appetizer.
Lobster Cerviche ($20) consisted of large chunks of lobster, onions, sauce, and cucumbers on a lettuce cup. The lobster was very fresh, but the cerviche is really sour. Hard to drain some off to make it more enjoyable.
Tiradito Nobu Style ($21) little brother to cerviche with fine slices of fresh white fish and yuzu based sauce was very delicate and chewy. Best eaten by rolling each piece up.
Black Cod Miso ($23) is their signature dish. The portion was massive. Tender, flaky, and awesome. A must get. Make sure you get some rice.
Sashimi Dinner ($55) was very good, very fresh, cut well but mega expensive. The selection included giant Clam, mackerel, shrimp, yellow tail, salmon, maguro.
Yogurt Mousse ($13) Nobu Cabernet Blueberry compote, Ramune Foam, Lemon Sherbet was a light and very good dessert. Fluffy yogurt and sweet blueberries are a nice combo. Tart sherbet was ok.
Mango Martini ($14) Van gogh Mango Vodka, Fresh pineapple, fresh passion fruit puree was a strong but flavorful and fruity cocktail. OK:
Beef Kushiyaki ($10) with a heavy teriyaki sauce on beef skewers was pretty average. Sauce was overwhelming. Chicken Kushiyaki ($9) was the same. Pans:
Akadashi Soup ($6) or Red Miso was just not our cup of tea. Bitter and harsh flavors.
Service was very good. No hailing the servers for water. Our waiter was extremely knowledgeable with the menu. Nobu blends cutting edge food and an energetic environment. This is not a traditional sterile Japanese restaurant. Food quality is high. Customers can order traditional sushi and sashimi favorites or venture into the new wave fusion area making this a unique but expensive experience. Much of the fish comes from Japan, so their outposts in Hong Kong and Hawaii may have even fresher items. If you love Japanese food, be sure to give this place a try. Glasses of wine from $13, sake from $12.