Vail's Matsuhisa flys in sushi straight from the Pacific.
Everyone wants to be served the freshest food for dinner, but Matsuhisa Vail takes the standard to new heights. “Sometimes a dish will come out with the shrimp or scallops still wiggling on the plate,” says Matsuhisa executive chef Brian Busker.
How, you ask, can they pull this off three states away from the nearest ocean? “We have great relationships with our purveyors,” Busker explains. “They send me photos in the morning of fish that’s just been caught, and I can have that fish in my hands the next day.”
Owned by famed Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa (who has restaurants everywhere from Las Vegas to Athens to Tokyo), Aspen's Matsuhisa serves up the town's best sushi to a packed and often celebrity-filled clientele. They serve exquisitely-crafted rolls and sashimi, as well as a masterful dinner menu including lobster with wasabi pepper and Chilean sea bass with black bean sauce. You may need to make a reservation a month in advance. www.matsuhisaaspen.com