Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 | 10:35 p.m.
For two nights, celebrated Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa has dazzled Las Vegas diners with nearly 30 of his all-star chefs from all across America. The team of talented kitchen kings from Nobu restaurants as far afield as Hawaii to Miami and from New York to San Diego flew in to join their master chef at his first-ever Nobu United events.
The first-night dine-around “A Night of Cocktails and Canapes” took place at Breathe Pool at the Hard Rock Hotel. I joined Motley Crue’s Vince Neil and “Pin Up” starlet Claire Sinclair for the savory showcase of sensational sashimi and sushi — and way too much sake!
On Wednesday night, Nobu was worshipped and adored at his new hotel tower and restaurant Nobu Caesars Palace by the Las Vegas chapter of the prestigious fine-dining society Chaine des Rotisseurs for a stunning seven-course meal. He turned over the proceeds to our beloved charity Keep Memory Alive.
It started with a sensational Peruvian oyster shooter alongside lobster with yuzu. I would be contented to eat that for the rest of my life. It was absolutely magnificent, and everybody in the jam-packed restaurant agreed: a masterpiece of culinary creation. His soup course was miso consomme with lobster dumpling. The sushi course was tuna and trout with truffle.
As I tweeted: “There are nights, and then there are extraordinary nights never to be repeated. This was one of them.” It was a legendary culinary gathering that made history, an alignment for a single moment in time featuring the pinnacle of Nobu cuisine.
Nobu insists that I have known him 30 years; I thought only 25. What a wonderful, talented, generous and kindly man he is. “Cooking is my life,” he said. “I always put something special in my food — my heart.”
Nobu even led the group on a tour of our downtown Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and later promised to create an even bigger spectacular for the Keep Memory Alive annual gala next April.
I’m sworn to secrecy at this stage, but I can tell you that if all the moving parts are put into place, it will be another night that makes history.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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Transport yourself to the opulent and excessive Roman Empire at Caesars Palace. But the ever-changing Caesars Palace is far from ancient. The hotel and casino is constantly raising the bar for what visitors can expect in a Vegas resort experience.
Caesars Palace features 3,348 rooms and suites in five towers, including the new luxury boutique Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, which opened Feb. 4, 2013, in the totally remodeled Centurian Tower. Caesars features 129,000 square feet of gaming space, including the Strip’s largest poker room and a 250-seat sports book. Other amenities include about two dozen restaurants, a four-level shopping mall, four pools, a spa, Pure and Poetry nightclubs and Pussycat Dolls.
Dining options include restaurants from world-renown chefs Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and, on Feb. 4, 2013, Nobu Matsuhisa.
You never know what characters you’ll run into at Caesars with regular performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Elton John and maybe even the emperor himself.