August 10, 2000
Hard Rock Hotel
4455 Paradise Rd.
Las Vegas, NV
I'm not sure that Peruvian-Japanese food is an easy sell even in Peru or Japan, but we've got in Vegas and boy is it a treat for the senses, I'm talking about NOBU of course; the somewhat confusing fusion restaurant in the Hard Rock Hotel. I say confusing only because the cuisine at Nobu is best described as Japanese-Fusion-Peruvian, which is quite a mouthful, but then again so is the food. The genius behind the food is Nobu Matsuhisa, celebrity chef extraordinaire and probably the best known Japanese chef in the western world, his flagship, Matsuhisa, has been the toughest table in the Los Angeles for years, and the New York Nobu was proclaimed the best sushi restaurant in town almost from the day it open, so let's give credit where it is due. My main man Matsuhisa is the number one Nobu on both coasts and in London as well. He may not be manning the stoves or the sushi bar most nights, but his renditions of Japanese and South American food will startle you with their ingenuity. The genius combines lots of vegetables with unpronounceable names of some of our freshest fish to compose tasting menus or omakase--that astonish with fearless originality--start with Matsuhisa's new style sashimi, like sparkling fresh Pacific snapper barely cooked by sizzling olive and sesame oils, then artfully displayed in a citrusy soy yuzu sauce or a sweet miso glazed black cod, and you will taste how Nobu deliciously defies all the cliches of Japanese food. Boston scallops, that tasted off-the-boat fresh, are dotted with cilantro and chili paste along with the off-beat soft-shell crab sushi rolls and are two more deceptively simple dishes that demonstrate why Nobu is on top of the restaurant world. Simply put, you won't find fresher, healthier or more interesting food anywhere, and for goodness sake, dont forget the raspberry infused sake. Domo arrigato Nobu Matsuhisa.
See discussion rules
|Nov 24, 2010 | Thanksgiving 2010 - Another Beanie Reveal|
John Curtas delves into family history to discover the real story behind Grandma Schroader's Sour Beans.
|Nov 19, 2009 | Valentino -- You don't know the truffles I've seen|
According to Food Critic John Curtas, no other Italian restaurant in Las Vegas has performed at such a high level for so long.
|Oct 1, 2009 | Blow It Up|
In at least one part of town, our dining critic John Curtas says the food used to be a lot better.
|Sep 25, 2009 | Social Media Meltdown|
For our dining critic, John Curtas, social media has started to intrude on dining out.
|Sep 2, 2009 | Discovering LOS ANTOJOS|
Our dining critic John Curtas finds a new affordable favorite.
|Aug 20, 2009 | Chinois R.I.P.|
For John Curtas the recent closing of Wolfgang Puck's first Las Vegas restaurant brings back memories.
|Aug 3, 2009 | Food, Inc.|
John Curtas turns movie reviewer today - but the subject is in his usual area of expertise. Hear his review of "Food, Inc."
|Jul 16, 2009 | The Steak That Saved Las Vegas|
Dining critic John Curtas finds some steak aged for EIGHT MONTHS and he tells us how it tastes.
|Jul 2, 2009 | Bang for Your Buck|
Everyone's food budget is tighter these days. But if you still want to dine out now and then, our dining critic John Curtas has a few tips on restaurants now giving you more bang for your buck.
|Jun 19, 2009 | Whassup with Wazuzu|
Explore Dining Critic John Curtas' love/hate relationship with Wazuzu. If you want to spice up your dinner go for at least a "4 or 5."
|Jun 12, 2009 | Two Farmer's Markets|
Fresh, locally produced food has become a big trend across the U.S. Our food critic, John Curtas, says there's more of this trend in Las
Vegas than you might think.
|Jun 4, 2009 | MandM Soul Food|
John Curtas tells us about one of his favorite dining spots - a surpsingly affordable one.
|May 28, 2009 | Checkpoint Charlie|
While fine dining has seen a downturn in Las Vegas in recent months, our dining critic John Curtas says at least one dining legend intends to stay put. Charlie Trotter is standing pat in Las Vegas. John Curtas reviews Resturant Charlie.
|May 8, 2009 | Food Festival Frenzy!|
It's a time of many food festivals in Las Vegas. John Curtas has an overview.
|May 5, 2009 | Peppermill Coffee Shop and Fireside Lounge|
A landmark Las Vegas restaurant gets a visit from John Curtas. He takes you to the Peppermill.
|Apr 23, 2009 | Thai Me Up Thai Me Down|
Thai cuisine is starting to show up in more places in Las Vegas. John Curtas has some recommendations
|Apr 9, 2009 | A Gourmet Corner - In Spring Valley?|
Food Critic John Curtas takes a trip to the strangest gourmet corner in town.
|Apr 2, 2009 | Pip's is a Pip|
If you're looking for good dining near Aliante, our dining critic, John Curtas, has found a new place to go.
|Mar 26, 2009 | Stripped to Its Bare Essentials|
Dining on steak at Planet Hollywood! John Curtas takes you along.
|Mar 19, 2009 | Hachi is absolutely amazing!|
John Curtas has a find - a Japanese-fusion restaurant on the
west edge of the city.