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Sampling Nobu at Caesars Palace

February 4, 2013 at 3:33 PM | by | ()

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa is known for sushi. And, that will continue to be the star attraction at his newly opened, eponymous restaurant inside Caesars Palace. It will also be the highlight of the room service menu at the also newly opened Nobu Hotel which just so happens to be steps away from each other.

A media preview of both presented us with a taste of the menu and the rooms. And, one definitely left more of a favorable impression on us. To our surprise... ok, who are we kidding?.. To no surprise, it was the food that keeps crossing our mind. And, the drinks. And, that also became the best reason to reserve a room at Nobu Hotel. Because our favorite bites were only available on the room service menu.

When we tried Nobu's Green Tea Waffles ($22), garnished with strawberries, bananas, Yuzu whipped cream, pecans and Shiso syrup, we moaned in delight. It was the Yuzu whipped cream that took the offering to a new place for us. Making us regret only taking one bite. Luckily, another serving quickly came our way. We also sampled the Nobu Granola Parfait ($14), comprised of homemade yogurt, sesame granola, fresh fruit and soy salt, but which tasted just as one would expect. A few nibbles of a Black Sesame Croissant ($6) also yielded the same response.

And, then the Bagel and Lox ($24) came our way (pictured at top). A savory, fantastical bite of crispy rice bagel featuring an 'everything' mix and topped with tofu crema, salmon 'pastrami,' onions capers and ponzu. Amaz-ing. And, yes, we immediately gobbled one more. And, restrained ourselves from grabbing another yet. It instantly became our top pick.

We also sampled a Pork Belly Tonkatsu Sandwich ($19), a very tasty Nobu Style Lobster Roll ($18), and Black Cod (wrapped in) Butter Lettuce ($32), among others (several shown below). The Green Tea Waffle and Bagel and Lox remained our top two bites.

The Nobu room service menu doesn't stop there. Offerings span ten pages. Additional breakfast items (available 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) include expected choices like a Nobu-ized Continental ($27) or American Breakfast ($29) and unexpected, but intriguing options like our two faves as well as a Silken Tofu Hotpot ($23), warm simmered tofu with shiitake, inaniwa, vegetables and black cod; and, Breakfast Okonomiyaki ($28), a Japanese-style egg pancake with shiitake, leek, red cabbage, bacon, chicken, rock shrimp, wasabi aioli, bonito flakes and okonomiyaki sauce.

Lunch and dinner options (served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.) are the same and range from Lobster Ceviche ($30) and 24 oz. Bone In Ribeye ($100) to Nobu's Takumi Burger ($18) and Bento Boxes ($28-$288).

A late night menu (from 12:30 a.m. to 6 a.m.) means you can Nobu at any hour. And, gives you one more chance to try something else. Just because you can. Choices here include Nobu Sashimi TacosSpicy Seafood Soup ($19), The Nobu Club ($25) and Tofu Cheesecake ($14), among others.

Another bonus of staying in a Nobu accommodation? A Nobu Master Chef will come to you. If you've got the cash, a live action sushi bar will set up in your room. Nobu will also cater small (10-20) or large (20-30) parties. Selections range in price from $30 to $2,280. (And, not the chef himself, although, perhaps that could be arranged..)

Of course, if you get tired of eating in bed (it can be exhausting, we know), head down the elevator to Nobu Restaurant which is literally about ten steps away. Since you're a guest of Nobu, you'll enjoy priority seating. If you're not, we predict waits will be the order of the night. Service at the restaurant will be Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. until midnight. Caesars' Nobu Restaurant becomes the largest in the world.

(PHOTOS: at top and bottom, © Erik Kabik/ erikkabik.com; All others, VegasChatter)

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