Nobu News and the Legend of Sake Island



Known for its harsh winters, Sado, the largest island in the Sea of Japan provides the ideal climate for the creation of superior, high-quality Hokusetsu saké, which is brewed during the coldest days of the year. Chef Nobu Matsuhisa first experienced the wonders of Hokusetsu saké shortly after the opening of Matsuhisa in 1987, when his friend, famed Japanese rock-musician Eikichi Yazawa, brought a bottle to the restaurant. “Typically, the sweetness of saké makes the drink more enjoyable when served hot. However, the Hokusetsu was wonderfully smooth, even when served chilled,” said Matsuhisa, “ever since; Hokusetsu has been my personal favorite.” Nobu created an exclusive contract with the brewery, serving Hokusetsu at all of his Nobu restaurants around the world – the ONLY places you’ll find this exclusive, award-winning brand. One of the most famous Hokusetsu products is Ongaku-shu, literally translated as “musical saké.” Connoisseurs claim that this particular saké, shipped by boat, has a deep taste that is enhanced as the saké is smoothened by the undulating motions of the waves. To recreate the wave-effects, Hokusetsu plays the New Age music of Japanese composer Kitaro to the bottles of Ongaku-shu for three years in a special cellar. A saké connoisseur, Robert De Niro visited Hokusetsu in 1998 and continues to recall Sado as “Saké Island.” Enjoy your Hokusetsu saké the same way De Niro does – served from a wooden cup made from the Japanese cypress tree, with a little salt sprinkled on the rim of the cup.



Be among the first to ring in the New Year at the worlds-first Nobu Caesars Palace. Marking its inaugural New Year’s Eve, Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace will offer the luxurious Hakone Suite, festively-priced for $2,014. The one-bedroom Hakone suite is the perfect setting to welcome the New Year in style. Spanning 1,000 square feet, the tranquil suite features a separate living and dining room, a bar and pantry, an oversized bathroom with large bathtub, separate shower and Toto Neorest systems. Guests will enjoy a 55-inch high-definition television with DVD player in both the living room and master bedroom along with a walk-in closet and king bed with luxurious linens and a feather pillow top. Additional New Year’s Eve room packages are available by calling 702-785-6677. Even more, Nobu Restaurant and Lounge Caesars Palace is offering an impressive prix fixe, multi-course Omakase dinner to welcome the New Year for $300 per person. Call 702-785-6628 for details.


Recently, Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and 27 of his executive and sushi chefs from across the country gathered at Nobu Caesars Palace for Nobu United – A Culinary Celebration. Chefs representing each of Nobu’s domestic eateries collaborated in developing an exceptional seven-course Omakase tasting menu showcasing the pinnacle of Nobu cuisine. Originally created exclusively for this special one-night-only culinary affair, several of the new culinary creations proved so popular that they will soon be available at Nobu Caesars Palace as off-menu specials either upon recommendation or request. Two standout items, salmon and ikura with yuzu jalapeno miso and fluke sashimi with chimichiurri will both soon be available at Nobu Caesars Palace.


Nobu style and inspiration was the all the talk recently when Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace showed off its chic side on the red carpet as the title sponsor of the 2013 L.A. Fashion Weekend at Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood. From the Nobu Lounge, to the Nobu Sake Tasting Bar and straight to the runway, Nobu sophistication and style enveloped the fashion-forward event. Among the many highlights of the three-day affair, was the nightly runway debut of four, one-of-a-kind couture gowns created especially for the occasion. Nobu Caesars Palace commissioned buzz-worthy Los Angeles-based design team, Marlene and Tara Herrera from Le Mali Designs who created the four distinctive couture pieces inspired by the hotel’s visionary east-meets-west design aesthetic. The well-received pieces perfectly infused Japanese elements and natural materials reminiscent of the beautiful design of the Nobu Hotel rooms.
Lauded on the runway, the designers did a masterful job of creating living works of high-fashion art that reflected the Japanese culture of luxury, elegance, sophistication, beauty and harmony – qualities that are synonymous with the first-ever Nobu Hotel.


Nobu Caesars Palace is not only home to the world’s-largest Nobu restaurant but it is also the ONLY Nobu in the United States to offer teppanyaki tables. What better way to enjoy the uniquely Nobu teppan experience than with a seven-course Japanese A5 Wagyu Beef Banquet. Enjoy the highest available grade of Japanese beef presented in seven different culinary creations, prepared right before your eyes by a skillful chef on the Nobu hot-iron teppan grill. The impressive A5 Wagyu Beef Banquet is $688 per person and requires a minimum of 24-hours advanced notice. Given that each A5 banquet menu is custom made, the more notice given the more creative and elaborate the dishes can be. In addition to the A5 Wagyu, there are a number of additional prix fixe teppan menus to choose from as well as an a la carte teppan experience. Perfectly situated within the innovative David Rockwell-designed restaurant, the three teppanyaki tables are an interactive way for guests to enjoy signature Nobu dishes prepared on a hot iron grill. Strategically nestled away from the main dining area, the teppanyaki tables are perfect for couples or large groups; the two smaller tables seat up to eight guests each, while the private dining room offers a large teppanyaki table with seating for up to 16. To reserve an A5 Wagyu Beef Teppan Banquet, call Nobu Restaurant and Lounge Caesars Palace directly at 702-785-6628.

Nobu Named One of Luxury’s 25 Most Innovative Brands by Robb Report

Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace debuts opulent Nobu Penthouse in August issue of Robb Report
In the new August issue, Robb Report saved the best for last: in the publication’s final installment of its 25th Annual Best of the Best series, Nobu was named among the elite selection of most innovative brands. In addition, the influential, luxury publication spotlighted the exclusive and original suites offered at the world’s first Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace Las Vegas.


Paying tribute to 25 tastemakers that are changing the luxury landscape, the publication noted that Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s new style sashimi “swiftly became a culinary rage,” and credits the acclaimed chef with “changing the way both chefs and diners approach seafood.”  Additionally, it explores the journey of Chef Nobu’s empire which has grown since 1994 to include 25 Nobu restaurants, including the world’s largest Nobu Caesars Palace Restaurant and Lounge, and the world’s first Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace.


“What an honor it is for Nobu to be aligned with iconic brands such as Lamborghini and Louis Vuitton,” says Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. “The Nobu brand encompasses more than 25 years of passion and craft and we’re very fortunate that our guests share our same enthusiasm. We’ve continued to build upon these core principles and introduced the perfect balance of luxury and fun with our very first Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace. It is our goal to introduce Nobu hotel brands across the same global footprint as our restaurants.”


In addition to the Nobu brand accolade, Robb Report highlights the distinctive new suites within the first-of-its-kind Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace, part of the growing Nobu Hotel collection. The 181-room boutique property recently debuted 18 luxury suites masterfully designed by David Rockwell and Rockwell Group, Nobu’s longtime design/architect partner. Providing elements of luxury strategically combined with the fun and energetic expression of the Nobu lifestyle, Rockwell created stylish interiors showcasing natural materials fused with Nobu’s signature Japanese elegance in each of the Hakone, Sake and Nobu Penthouse suites. Ranging in size from 1,000 to 4,350 square feet, the suites are ideal for guests seeking a stylish and distinctive alternative to a traditional hotel suite and are designed to be the perfect spot to host an unforgettable special celebration or event. With a starting rate of $2,500, the suites can be reserved now online at or by phone at (800) 727-4923.


“Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace is the first of its kind and provides something that Nobu enthusiasts can’t find anywhere else in the world,” said Gigi Vega, general manager of Nobu Hotel. “Each and every detail is an extension of the Nobu brand; from the hot welcome tea served upon arrival, to the in-room minibar curated by Chef Nobu. In addition to exclusive accommodations and luxurious amenities, we also take pride in offering Chef Nobu’s first-ever in-room dining menu, featuring exclusive menu items.”



Nobu Hospitality is one of the premier luxury lifestyle brands in the world. With operations spanning five continents, the Nobu brand thrives in many global capitals as a destination. The natural growth of the Nobu luxury brand built on service, image and hospitality offers the complete spectrum of hotel and restaurant management for unique projects around the world.


World-renowned Las Vegas hotel and casino, Caesars Palace features 3,960 hotel guest rooms and suites, including the brand new 181-room Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace and Forbes Star Award-winning The Laurel Collection by Caesars Palace. The 85-acre resort offers 25 diverse dining options including celebrity chef-branded restaurants by Gordon Ramsay, Bobby Flay and Guy Savoy, the award-winning Bacchanal Buffet, nearly 130,000 square-feet of casino space, a five-acre Garden of the Gods pool oasis and the luxurious Qua Baths & Spa. The Forum Shops at Caesars showcases more than 160 boutiques and restaurants and the 4,300-seat Colosseum spotlights world-class entertainers such as Celine Dion, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Shania Twain and Jerry Seinfeld. Find Caesars Palace on Facebook and follow on Twitter.