Being a cook, Las Vegas is one of the best places for me to work. Besides having some of the best paying cook jobs in the nation, there are also so many amazing restaurants to dine at. The culinary creations available in this town do wonders for my inspiration and for our taste buds.
One of the best times of the year to eat at some of the higher end restaurants is during the summer months between June-August. Because of the lack of conventions (convention goers are usually the big spenders at restaurants), most of the restaurants offer summer discounts for locals and deals on sites like Groupon. This is one of two times that we have capitalized on a Groupon deal to eat at a world class restaurant.
Nobu is owned by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, who is a celebrity chef and restaurateur known for his fusion cuisine blending traditional Japanese with Peruvian ingredients. Chef Nobu has 26 restaurants around the globe, his first was in Beverly Hills, California in 1987. It was in Beverly Hills that he had many Hollywood celebrities dinning often at his restaurant, one frequent guest was actor Robert De Niro. De Niro invited Chef Nobu to open a restaurant in Tribeca, New York City. He accepted the invitation and since then the partnership has opened Nobu restaurants all over the world.
Two of the Nobu restaurants are located in Las Vegas, one at the Hard Rock Casino and the second at the Nobu Hotel located at Caesars Palace. The location that we received the groupon for was the one at the Hard Rock Hotel. This little gem is hidden in a hotel that you wouldn’t expect it to be in.
The groupon deal consisted of a 2 for 1, four course dinner. Like we do with most tasting menus, we added a few items to really take advantage of this Night at Nobu. Before I started working in restaurants I was not a fan of fish at all. I basically boycotted it because I hated the fishy taste, i couldn’t even eat seaweed. After becoming a cook with hopes of one day becoming a Chef, I realized i would have to be willing to try a lot of different types of food.
Once embarking on the seafood road, i realized that my favorite preparation was sushi. Theres something about fish in its raw form that is the most appealing to me. Im not sure if its the oils in certain fish that make them fishy when cooked, but i still have a hard time eating them. Im sure that my tastes will continue to develop and i will learn to appreciate different types of seafood more. For now my girlfriend can take advantage of me not eating all types fish, more for her. When it comes to our dinner at Nobu she was kind of out of luck, I enjoyed everything that we ordered. I hope you enjoy this as much as we did and you get a chance to try a Nobu restaurant near you!
First Course: Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeños
Sliced thin yellowtail with slivers of jalapeño and ponzu
Second Course: Broiled Japanese Eggplant with Miso
Perfectly caramelized miso marinated japanese eggplant
Third Course (our add on): Toro Belly Sashimi
Their special of the night, fatty and delicious toro (bluefin tuna) belly sashimi with crème fraîche and Shaved Black Truffle
Fourth Course (another add on): Japanese Whiskey Flight
A sample of three 12 year Japanese whiskies: Yamazaki 12 year Single Malt, Nikka Taketsuru 12 year Whiskey, Hakushu 12 year Single Malt. Japanese whiskies are some of the finest in the world
Fifth Course: Nobu Sushi Sampler
Spicy Big Eye Tuna roll, Salmon, Yellowtail and White Fish sushi
Sixth Course: Bento Box Dessert Sampler
Valrhona Dark Chocolate Fondant, Imperial Matcha Gelato, SUNTORY CAPPUCCINO: Valrhona Chocolate Almond Crunch, Coffee Cream, Whisky Foam & Milk Ice Cream
Now let the food coma begin 😋😲 Everything was so delicious. When opportunities present itself to have an amazing meal like this, you have to take advantage of it. In my next Night at article I will share the multicourse tasting that we had recently with another groupon deal! Stay Tuned!