NOBU Caesars Palace - Las Vegas, NV - 5 Golden Spoons
This was my third visit to NOBU at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. It rates on my list of top ten restaurants in the world. The ambiance is stunning, the service is exceptional, and the cuisine is phenomenal in every sense. When we arrived, we were greeted by a lovely hostess who escorted us to a fantastic table surrounded by a wicker cocoon where we could observe passers-by in the casino but still felt intimate and private. Our server, Amber, was quick to visit our table with menus. When she learned we had dined there before, she suggested we consider having the chef design our dining experience and asked for budget parameters. A very smart way to create a custom prix-fixe. We chose to dismiss the menus without even looking and let the chef’s selections begin. Our first course was the Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno. It happens to be one my favorites. Bright delicate slices of yellowtail with a light lime infused sauce topped with slashes of jalapeno. How such a simple dish can be so wonderous is beyond me. Gorgeous pure unpretentious presentation that burst with flavor. Next up, Soft Shell Crab Tempura. A generous portion of perfectly prepared crab. Crisp, just the right amount of batter, and seasoned to bring out the natural essence and not mask the flavor of this fantastic crustacean. Maybe the best soft-shell crab I’ve ever had. It was about at this point that Aaron Hopwood, the Bar Manager/Sommelier, paid our table a visit to check on us. What a nice touch. Aaron was sincerely interested in our dining experience and it gave us a chance to give praise to the immaculate service we were receiving from Amber and the rest of the team. It’s rare to find such exceptional, efficient and warm care. Following the crab was the Filet Mignon with Crispy Onions. The filet was nestled under wisps of fried onions that were so delicate they absolutely melted in your mouth. The filet was medium rare, and thinly sliced in a light sauce. The combination was sensational. For our closing course, the chef chose to present a special sushi plate with various filets and rolls. The highlight for me was it included two delicately fried Sawangani River Crabs. These tiny fresh water crabs are about the size of a silver dollar and are eaten whole. They are so crispy, crunchy, and flavorful. I’ve only had them once before in my life and absolutely fell in love with these exotic crab delicacies. What a treat. At this point, we were completely sated. The perfect combination of dishes and just the right portions. An absolutely exceptional evening on all levels. We can’t wait to visit NOBU again.