When we say our experience at Nobu inside Caesars Palace was one of the most magical vegan dining experiences of our lives, we’re not exaggerating. It was insanely delicious, matched with impeccable service. Sure, they’ve got plenty of a la carte vegan eats like edamame, vegan tacos, vegan sushi, salads, but what you really need to try here is the vegetable omakase experience. It’s a bit of a splurge, but you won’t regret the expense.
The vegetarian omakase tasting can be handpicked by you, the chef or your server and is a customized dining event.
The vegetarian omakase we had was a whopping nine courses of sheer heavenly food — a blend of Japanese and Peruvian — that introduced us to flavors and creations we’ve never imagined. Namely, the yuba. This magical food comes from soy milk and is the result of heating it up and skimming the top layer off of the milk. It’s a perfect substitute for yellowtail if you’re looking for a comparison.
The starter for the evening was a tangy veggie ceviche, followed by yuba sashimi topped with jalapeño.
After that, the sushi sampler came complete with myoga (our new favorite — pickled ginger blossom), inari (sweet soy wrapped sushi rice), kaiware (Daikon sprout with spicky daikon on top), and monaka (a delicate combo of mixed veggies and spicy miso sauce on a crispy rice wafer).
Then, it was the three point sampler — three small servings of shittake mushroom, an okra dry miso (amazing!) and avocado tartare with karashi su miso sauce followed by two main courses.
The first dish was a nice piece of tofu in a miso glaze …
Followed by a grilled onion steak with an aged balsamic reduction.
Just in case we weren’t full, then the brick-oven roasted cauliflower with jalapeño dressing came out. This is the best thing ever to touch our taste buds. Seriously. It’s magic. Despite how full we were, this dish somehow magically disappeared within minutes. With two courses left, it seemed iffy at best to imagine consuming any more food.
Yet, we did.
Although we could barely muster a few spoons of the heart of palm soup served with salt and key lime, we were absolutely able to clear off the crown jewel of the evening — a coconut pudding dipped in dark chocolate, rolled in toasted coconut and served with fresh berries.
Nobu’s tasting menu is the perfect date night splurge, or really any night splurge. It’s filling, creative and our new favorite dining experience in town to truly get a taste for the talented chefs we’ve got on The Strip. Never let anyone tell you that vegan food is boring. And, if they do, show them this. Better yet, take them here.
3570 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, 89109 | 702.785.6674
Open daily: Sunday – Thursday: 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.; Friday – Saturday: 5 p.m. – midnight
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Diana Edelman is the founder of Vegans, Baby. She previously lived and worked in Thailand where she spent years working for an elephant sanctuary and has traveled around the world speaking about the realities of elephant tourism. She is a public speaker who has appeared at SEED Food + Wine, VegFest Puerto Rico, VegFest Toronto and more, a journalist and entrepreneur. Diana is also behind the Vegas Vegan Dinners at James Beard Foundation’s James Beard House.