If you are hungry I suggest you might want to not read this post right now. Come back later, after you’ve filled your belly because today’s post is about food. Specifically, it’s about the best food I have ever eaten in my life.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you . . .
First, a bit of an introduction. The night before we left for Vegas Dale went to our local sushi restaurant – which I love, by the way – and picked up take out for us. He happened to mention to the owner – who I also love, by the way – that my friends and I were headed to Vegas the next day. Z got really excited and told Dale that we simply had to go to Nobu for dinner while we were there. He said it’s where he goes when he’s there, he said to get the Chef’s Special dinner, he said it’s expensive but worth it and he even wrote the name down on a piece of paper so that Dale wouldn’t forget.
I don’t know about you but when my sushi chef recommends that I try a particular place I do what he says. So, on Sunday night, we headed to Nobu at Caesar’s Palace for dinner. We made a 7:30 reservation and our table was ready when we arrived.
We started with cocktails, of course. And, on the recommendation of Z as well as our awesome server, we decided to all get the Chef’s Special. It’s a tasting menu of 9 courses tailored to individual preferences and it was amazing. Part of the fun was not knowing what would come next but let me tell you – each and every thing we were served was fantastic.
First up was this Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno. Prior to this I thought I didn’t care for yellowtail. Ummm, I was wrong. This was so flavorful and just melted in my mouth. The spice from the jalapeno gave it just enough of a kick.
Next up – White Fish Tiradito. Also, incredible. The tender fish and the crunchy bit of panko combination was out of this world.
Beef Sashimi New Style. This may have been my favorite thing. Okay, not really, they were all my favorite. But this was delicious and unique and the most tender beef I have ever had in my life.
Tuna and Lobster Tacos Nobu Style. Itty bitty tacos? With tuna? And lobster? Where have you beeeeeen all my life? And when can I have you again?
Rock Shrimp Creamy Spicy. Bite sized tempura shrimp with an outstanding creamy spicy sauce. Z actually makes a dish that I think was inspired by this one – they are very similar.
There was also – right here, I believe – Black Miso Cod. It was warm and spicy and delicious. I don’t have a picture of it because the two
vultures friends I was with dove into it before I could snap one.
Beef Tenderloin Toban-yaki. Have you ever eaten tenderloin with chopsticks? Because now I can say I have. And I can also say that it’s the only way I want to eat it from now on.
And finally, the last course, sushi. Salmon, Halibut and Tuna along with a California roll. Let me just say, sushi will never be the same again.
Just when we thought the meal was over (which it should have been after all of that food, the cocktails and the bottle of wine we had) they brought out this beautiful plate of desserts: Green Tea Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Japanese Donuts, Bento Box Lava Cake and Green Tea Ice Cream. Also, 3 espresso martinis because who needs sleep? And, of course, the 50th birthday wish along with 3 candles. We had mentioned when we made the reservation that we were celebrating our 50th birthdays but we never said a word about it to our waitress. Talk about stellar customer service!
So, Z was right. It was a phenomenal meal and it was very very expensive. It was also completely worth every penny! I’m so glad I got to experience it with my birthday buddies, it was a spectacular way to celebrate our milestone birthday together.
The desserts look yummy. 😉
Everyone should get to enjoy a really spectacular meal at least once. Sounds like you made the most of this one. And even though I’m not a sushi fan, I’m delighted you shared this experience with us.
Michele Dovell says
Great review Carole! Caesars Palace is so opulent and over the top, and Noba sounds like an epicurean’s dream.
Thanks for sharing the highlights of your exquisite life so far?? I really enjoy your writing and I think you should publish a book.
HapPy 50 and beyond to the three of you???
Judy H says
That dining experience sounds incredible. What a great way to celebrate turning 50!
What an incredible meal! I don’t know anything about sushi, but I can tell from your photos how much care was taken in preparation and how delicious it must have been. So glad you got this serendipitous recommendation!
All I have to say is WOW! So much delicious food. I hope someone was there to help you all out of your seats! 🙂
Being a dyed-in-the-wool Midwesterner, there is no way I would eat any of that stuff unless they threw it into a 350 degree oven for an hour or so beforehand! That said, I read your blog every morning, and I’m glad you enjoyed your 50th birthday. After you get past the shock of it all, I think your 50’s are the best—you are young enough to still be healthy and you’re old enough to know what you’re doing.
You need to do those things once in a while. Everything looked yummy! I’m glad you got to experience it.
Brenda cracked me up! I know plenty of people who would agree with her, but I’d love to try the meal that you had. The seafood looked especially amazing….did you pack your Pepto Bismol?
Wow, that looks amazing! (And I’m not normally a huge fan of sushi… but it still looks amazing!)
A fantastic, memorable meal — and memory! I’m a sushie newbie, but that all looks divine to me!
You are so spoiled and I am so envious! It all looks spectacular!
Happy 50th birthday! That looks like a truly memorable meal. And so pretty!
Gale Zucker (she shoots sheep shots) says
Everything about your trip screams ” This is how to celebrate a birthday the right way!”.