After opening four successful restaurants in the US, master sushi chef Nobu Matsuhisa has made Japanese dining into an art form. And he brings one more masterpiece to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, complete with the signature fare of his flagship New York restaurant. With design by David Rockwell, Nobu features a hand-layered river rock wall amidst fronds of natural bamboo. Diners enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine and infused South American and Western flavors on burnt ash tabletops with black rocks for holding chopsticks. Wooden birch trees add to the peaceful and exotic setting.
Classically trained in Japan, Matsuhisa brings his world-renowned style to an ever-evolving and expansive menu of seasonal fare. If you’ve been scared to try Nobu because you’ve heard about Matsuhisa’s revolutionary Japanese-Peruvian cuisine, don’t – the menu is primarily Japanese, with light Peruvian touches. Entice your palate with cold dishes, ceviche, new style sashimi, salads, special hot dishes, sushi & sashimi, sushi rolls, Yakimono (grilled items), Kushiyaki and Anticucho (different styles of kabobs), Tempura, soups, and desserts.
Newcomers to Nobu need not fear with classics like the Tempura dinner, made with sizeable shrimp, asparagus, sweet potato, zucchini, broccoli, onions, and more in a delightfully crisp coating, served with rice and a delicious miso soup. For those who are more adventurous in their culinary expeditions, Nobu has no shortage of interesting and savory dishes, like the Tuna Tataki with Ponzu or Salsa, or the Monkfish Pate with Caviar. And to simplify matters and save time that might be otherwise spent wading through the somewhat confusing menu, try the Omakase (Chef’s choice) tasting menu – it will guarantee multiple courses of gastronomic delight and can be customized/upgraded depending on your budget.
To wrap things up, be sure to try one of Nobu’s unique desserts, ranging from a sweet and simple Almond Cake to a Bento Box of flourless chocolate cake with a white chocolate sauce, shiso oil, and green tea ice cream. Some delicious lighter alternatives include ice creams and sorbets, an assortment of seasonal fruit and mochi ice cream, and a selection of fruit sake, including a very tasty raspberry sake.
Though the prices certainly reflect the quality of the food and the trendiness of the atmosphere, you’ll receive a delicious and unique meal beyond compare at Nobu.