Nobu Opens to Great Fanfare at Atlantis, Paradise Island - Thursday 23rd of February 2006

PARADISE ISLAND, The Bahamas The chef who redefined Japanese cuisine now has his sights set on adding a decidedly fresh twist to the Caribbean dining experience. A green glowing archway at Atlantis, Paradise Island resort declares that Japanese Chef Nobu Matsuhisa has officially opened the doors to his newest Nobu outpost - the first in The Caribbean.

In both atmosphere and menu, Nobu at Atlantis blazes a new trail for the renowned chef, infusing his cutting-edge Japanese style with a Bahamian influence. The result is a distinctly sophisticated urban experience with a progressive island vibe.

Incorporating local island ingredients, stand-out dishes such as Conch Ceviche, Lobster Ceviche and Nobu Style Cracked Conch join a profusion of Nobu's signature Japanese delicacies including Yellowtail with Jalapeno, Tiradito Nobu Style, Lobster with Wasabi Pepper Sauce and Black Cod with Miso. The exceptional main course fare is complemented by an open sushi bar and a one-of-a-kind sake cellar.

"When I first visited Atlantis, I knew it was the perfect setting for a Nobu dining experience," said world-class master chef, Chef Nobuyuki "Nobu" Matsuhisa. "A sense of adventure imbues everything at Atlantis and I was inspired to capture this spirit with a gastronomic adventure of my own."

"Nobu is truly one of the great pioneers of the culinary world. The new restaurant space is dramatic, the dining experience almost theatrical and, without question, there is an air of celebrity that surrounds the restaurant, adding new dimension to Atlantis by night," said George Markantonis, President and Managing Director, Kerzner International Bahamas.

"Nobu is another great addition to our collection of world class chefs and restaurants which are literally transforming the Bahamas into a fashionable and sought-after dining scene."

The stunning, 7,100-square-foot space was designed by the Rockwell Group, using traditional and modern Japanese elements and inspiration. Ash, river stones, branches, woven textiles and fishing baskets are juxtaposed with more man-made ideas of light and composition in order to create a rich and spectacular dining space.

Once inside, a large glowing bar, presided over by a wall of backlit bottles, provides casual seating for dinner guests and a hot spot for those looking to enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail. Nearby, a backlit onyx sushi bar offers guests the opportunity to watch the art of sushi preparation. Towards the back of the space, a private dining room is defined by floor to ceiling artwork of Japanese cherry blossoms.

It is the sake cellar, however, that is the hidden jewel of Nobu at Atlantis. This intimate twelve-person dining area is located inside a domed tower, where guests can enjoy dinner in a room lined with sake bottles and windows providing breathtaking views of the marina. Over 700 bottles of Nobu's exclusive sake adorn the walls and encase the diners.

Located off the Atlantis Casino, Nobu is the signature restaurant of The Royal Towers and serves dinner nightly while the sushi bar and the lounge stay open later for guests who savor the nightlife. Guests are able to order from the menu or have their waiter guide them through Omakase - Chef's Choice. The multi course Omakase allows diners to experience the essence of Nobu's cuisine. For reservations, please call (242) 363-3000.

Nobu at Atlantis is the latest development in the resort's pursuit of culinary excellence. Recently, Atlantis opened Cafe Martinique in Marina Village, a classic French fine dining establishment from celebrated chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill will be the culinary centerpiece of an expansion set for completion in Spring 2007.

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