The Gastronome’s Vegas
By Raphael Kadushin
The Strip’s first serious attempt at finding its post-gaming footing focused on food — and lots of it. The coven of master chefs lending their names to the city’s initial wave of serious restaurants was impressive, but it was followed by a tedious Gordon Ramsayfication, and now something worse: a forthcoming grease-slicked diner from culinary carnival barker Guy Fieri.
If the epicurean heat seems to be cooling a bit, there is one promising new development: When the largest Nobu in the world opened in Caesars Palace this past spring, the real attraction wasn’t its signature yellowtail sashimi but the Nobu Hotel (3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; NobuCaesarsPalace.com) shooting above the restaurant.
Carved out of an old casino tower, it offers what is quite possibly the world’s best room-service menu, one that includes a sublime foie gras burger, rock shrimp buns, lobster and crab sashimi tacos, and a high-roller bento box. For the serious foodie gambler who likes to binge in private, this is as decadent as it gets.