The first-of-its-kind Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace and its adjoining restaurant—the biggest Nobu restaurant in the world—officially open on February 4.
It’s a big-name hospitality collaboration that makes all kinds of sense, but what does it mean in foodie terms? After all, Las Vegas and its visitors have been partaking in the Nobu experience at the Hard Rock Hotel since 1999. Two words: room service.
Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s genre-defining take on modern Japanese cuisine comfortably classifies his restaurants as hip dinner destinations, which means only now will we get a taste of Nobu-style breakfast. The hotel’s in-room dining menu, created by Matsuhisa and his corporate executive chef Thomas Buckley, includes breakfast items available from 5:30-11:30 a.m., a “private dining” lunch and dinner menu available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., and a late-night menu from 12:30-6 a.m. Essentially, hotel guests here have the benefit of a 24-hour Nobu restaurant at their disposal.
Along with celebratory yuzu mimosas, a sampling of breakfast dishes were shared at a media event today. The morning meal is mostly American classics, all Nobu-fied to varying degrees. Fresh pastries demonstrate slight Asian influence, as evidenced by a sweet black sesame croissant. A granola parfait gets a sprinkling of soy salt to add a savory note to fresh fruit and house-made yogurt, and crisp green tea waffles are topped with bananas, strawberries, pecans and whipped cream.
The obvious favorite bite from this sampling was Nobu’s take on lox and bagels, crispy sushi rice covered in “everything mix” (think about an everything bagel) topped with pastrami-spiced salmon, tofu crema, red onion and capers.
The in-room breakfast menu also includes Japanese cuisine, including the “classic Japanese” setup with miso soup, oshinko (pickles), rice, a little sashimi, some fruit and a tamago omelet cake. Egg pancakes known as okonomiyaki look interesting, with shiitake mushrooms, leeks, bacon, chicken, rock shrimp and wasabi aioli.
Other notable room service options available later in the day include lunchtime bento boxes—especially the High Roller ($288), loaded with lobster, Wagyu steak, crab and spicy garlic shrimp—and a simple pork belly katsu sandwich on the late-night menu.
For those of us who probably won’t be staying at Nobu Hotel (and if you’re curious, opening room rates appear to be in the $250 to $320 range), the big, shiny new Nobu restaurant will be open from 5-11 p.m. during the week and open until midnight Fridays and Saturdays. Like the Hard Rock restaurant, it will be helmed by executive chef Joel Versola, but there will be at least one new addition: a comprehensive teppanyaki tasting menu and three teppan tables.