The Gist: When the original Nobu opened in New York in 1994, it was an instant sensation. Nobuyuk "Nobu" Matsuhisa wowed diners with his high-end sushi and experimental Japanese fare incorporating South American influences. In 1998, he brought his other namesake restaurant, Matsuhisa, to Colorado, first to Aspen and then to Vail. Now, it's a trifecta, with a just-opened third location in ritzy Cherry Cherry Creek North. Read on for more details, and then make a reservation; it's already packed to the gills.
All photos: Lori Midson
The Space: Clocking in at 7,800 square feet, the 200-seat restaurant resides on the bottom floor of a multi-level luxury apartment building. The sophisticated decor makes an impact with reclaimed teak, earth-toned tile, locally sourced stone accents and ornate Japanese cut-out screens. Banquettes, tables and large, crescent-shaped booths, plus a 14-seat sushi bar, round out the contemporary space.
The Food: The menu reads like a tour of Japanese cuisine, offering sushi, tempura, Wagyu beef and cooked fish prepared every which way. Signature sashimi includes tai dry miso, an elegant display of Japanese snapper sliced with precision, dotted with red miso flakes, garlic chips and chives, and pooled in a yuzu dressing (pictured). Insider tip: if one of your favorite dishes from the other locations isn't on the menu — say, the popular dragon roll (creamy spicy tuna rolled in nori and topped with tuna sashimi) — don't be shy about asking for it. The kitchen will happily oblige.
The Bar: Pages and pages of wine options — by the glass and bottle — dominate the drink syllabus, although there's plenty of sake (hot and cold), beer and cocktail options, including the signature Matsutini, made with vodka, Sudachi shochu, passion fruit puree, yuzu and champagne (pictured above). The centerpiece bar, a magnet for movers and shakers, also sports two television screens that, while hidden from view in the ceiling, are dropped down when there's a big sporting event.
The Details: Matsuhisa is currently open for dinner only, starting at 5 PM; lunch service will be added within the next few months.
98 Steele St.; 303-329-6628
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