Forbes dubs Nikita restaurant a winner

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Though it has only been 31 days since the upscale Mediterranean-Italian restaurant Nikita opened, Forbes.com is following the new Larry Ellison-owned eatery closely. 

According to Forbes, dinners at Nikita average around $100 per person, but it’s been a packed house since it opened. The menu of “Gazillionaire’s Grub” features $32 kobe steaks and $25 lobster salads, according to Forbes.

Nikita, which boasts oceanfront views and shares a lot with Nobu, opened July 1. The mystery that surrounded Nikita a year prior to the restaurant actually opening also provided a buzz factor in Malibu once Nikita officially opened its doors to the public.

The restaurant has received four out of five stars from customer reviews on Yelp, despite many of the reviews stating the portion sizes are “laughably small.”

Michelin-starred chef Massimiliano Blason of London’s Apsleys crafted the menu. Nikita also enlisted the help of tea and wine sommeliers Karl Kessab and Renee-Nicole Kubin, respectively, mixologist Gregg Seider of Manhattan’s The Summit Bar and pastry chef Tal Hausen.

Ellison, ranked the world’s third-richest person according to Forbes with a total net worth of $43 billion, has embarked on a recent buying spree of Malibu properties. He is believed to own nearly two-dozen properties in town, including the Malibu Racquet Club. On ultra-exclusive Carbon Beach alone, he is believed to have purchased nine properties with a total worth of between $200 million and $250 million.