Nobu reopens in Virgin Hotels, Las Vegas

The legendary restaurant from world-renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa gets a renovation to reflect its stupendous success.

Nobu Matsuhisa is among one of the world’s most renowned chefs. Having started off in Japan, as a young man, he moved to Peru, which is where he experimented with unique ingredients and this later became the bedrock for his distinct creations. Chef Matsuhisa’s signature cuisine concept of a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian flavours has won over fans across the world since then, with dishes such as the black miso cod and yellowtail jalapeno receiving widespread acclaim. Not many know, but Hollywood star Robert De Niro is one of the partners in Chef Nobu’s restaurant business and was also one of the prime motivators for the chef to start up his global empire.

Now, the first Nobu restaurant to open in Las Vegas in 1999, at the then Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, is back. In the new avatar, it is inside the newly opened Virgin Hotels, and sees several changes such as the bar area being expanded to nearly double its previous size. The renovated space also has a sushi bar with a view of the sushi chefs going about their business, along with a bar at the front and an open kitchen.

On the menu are traditional favourites such as Nobu tacos stuffed with lobster, wagyu or tuna, rock shrimp tempura with creamy spicy sauce and of course, Nobu’s world-renowned sushi dishes.  

Naturally, the establishment follows all government guidelines for health, hygiene and safety including reconfigured layout, daily wellness checks and protective gear for staff, contactless menus, among others.

Over the years, Chef Matsuhisa has expressed interest in India as well, and who knows, we might see a Nobu in the country in the not-too-distant future. Here’s hoping.

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