East Meets West at New Nobu Restaurant and Lounge at Caesars Palace

May 31, 2012 by  

 Nobu Restaurant and Lounge at Caesars Palace
Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’
s largest and most innovative restaurant yet will open alongside the world’s first Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace Las Vegas. Both the restaurant and the hotel will make their debuts later this year. 

“This restaurant will mark many first milestones – the first Nobu on the Las Vegas Strip, the very first of my restaurants to offer an in-room dining menu and the first-ever Nobu to open alongside a Nobu Hotel,” said Matsuhisa. “We pour our hearts into each new project and are passionate about crafting imaginative ideas with our guests in mind. Caesars Palace shares our values in striving to leave guests with lasting memories and we are thrilled to be revealing the new concepts and designs for Nobu Caesars Palace.”

“Chef Nobu, who I’ve had the pleasure of working with earlier in my career, is one of the most internationally acclaimed chefs. His dishes continue to inspire the culinary industry,” said Gary Selesner, regional president of Caesars Palace. “We couldn’t be more proud to welcome Chef Nobu and his acclaimed cuisine to our world-class lineup of celebrated chefs and to unveil a third outstanding restaurant designed by David Rockwell to Caesars Palace, combined with the highly anticipated opening of the world’s first Nobu Hotel.”

Just like the 24 signature Nobu restaurants around the world, Nobu Caesars Palace will offer an ambiance as brilliant as the food. A place to see and be seen, the 11,200-square-foot restaurant will express the sensibility that combines the best of the east and west in a fun and often whimsical setting. Bowed columns of bamboo will line the exterior of the restaurant to resemble the structure of the traditional Japanese ikebana basket used for the art of flower-arranging. A brand new vocabulary of natural design elements incorporating stone, wood and paper will create an exclusive yet inviting dining scene.

To set the tone, colorful, patterned private dining pods and undulating leather-upholstered screens will wrap the dining room while oversized light fixtures, inspired by Japanese tea whisks and vibrant kimonos, complement the atmosphere. A 15-person bar will be the focal point of the lounge and will feature an oversized bowl hand-carved out of a single block of wood. Designed around the Japanese notion of wabi sabi (simplicity and beauty in natural states), a simple yet intimate space will be achieved through the use of authentic and unrefined finishes.

David Rockwell and his firm Rockwell Group will lead the design of the hotel, restaurant and lounge. Incorporating the firm’s passion and decades-long history with the Nobu brand, Rockwell will infuse these stylish interiors showcasing natural materials with Nobu’s signature Japanese elegance. Guest rooms will have a clean, natural look using wood, rice paper, grass cloth and stone tiles with artwork by Japanese artists selected by Chef Nobu.

“In keeping with Nobu’s culture and Chef’s Nobu’s exquisite taste, all materials have been hand-crafted and curated to create a complete luxury experience. I’m thrilled to have worked with this premier brand for the past fifteen years and we, as a firm, are excited to continue telling the Nobu story through the design of the Las Vegas restaurant as well as the brand’s very first hotel,” says architect David Rockwell of Rockwell Group.

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