This place has one Michelin star whereas Nobu in Mayfair has three. I haven't been to the other one, but ambiance + food rock here. Prices are on the upper end of London standards, but you get what you pay for.
Drink: order lychee martini, it was good as most of thirty cocktail tend to taste sweeter. But if u r into strong achoholic taste, Nobu cocktail may be not for u, instead, u can try their sake.
Food: heard about this restaurant for long time and their famous waiting time for reservations. Compared to other fusion restaurant I have tried, the food here is better than average, but also a bit over rated.
The best dishes are the prawn tempura with their amazing three dipping sauces, salads are good too with nice dressing, their seafood main courses r very good .
But I am disappointed by their sushi compared to other similar restaurant. There are gaps for improvement to perfection.
Tacos are interesting, the filling are good, but Tacos can be more crispy to make the dish work better.
Desserts are better than normal restaurant, but less innovative compared to similar restaurant I have tried in London.
The venue is beautiful and modern, the hostess was was very welcoming and we were seated quickly. The service was top notch, yielding another delightful Nobu experience.
We got the Premium Prix Fixe menu, and the delicious courses did not disappoint. The standout of the night was the toro with truffles....amazing, maybe even cheating with such delectable ingredients!
We can't wait to return to try the next Prix Fixe!
Went to Nobu for a client dinner.
The food was a conversation stopper. Both of us studied the food after our first bites because of how good it was. Each dish that we ate had the same effect, and that is not an easy feat to achieve.
Octopus Carpaccio with Bottarga (5/5): Very tender.
Creamy Spicy Shrimp (5/5): Quite a nice kick to it. Have your water/beer close at hand.
Tuna Sashimi Salad with Matsuhisa Dressing (4/5): Probably what we liked least throughout the evening, but considering the competition - this is still high praise.
Chilean Sea Bass Yasai Zuke (5/5): Highlight of the night. Very well prepared, and a must if you visit this place.
While my fav nobu is in Malibu, California (USA) because of the amazing view and for the fact that it's brand new...this Nobu in London is the coolest. Awesome lounge! The place to be, like they say in the UK; super posh! Food is always awesome anywhere you go in the world since it's pretty standard that all nobus are the same menu etc. but what sets this one apart from others is the awesome service and cool crowd at the bar :) most def worthy of a visit!
Went to Nobu for lunch with my colleagues our boss was buying :)
The food was amazing, most of us got the Bento Nobu box. I ordered the Wagyu Rump with Anti- Cucho Sauce.
Everything tasted amazing from the tampura to the salad to my amazing Wagyu Rump. The service was very personal and gave us great attention. Described all the dishes to us and a bit more when there were questions.
The setting upstairs for lunch is very comfortable but the place was packed so I advice you to book in advance. Obviously for dinner thats a must because I know from experience you can hardly get a table for dinner unless a week in advance.
I rarely give 5 starts how ever this place with just the flavors of their food I give them all 5 stars.
We really enjoyed our dinner. Granted, it was £320 for 3 people, so keep that in mind, for that price, it should have been mind blowing. Arrived promptly at 9pm, but our table wasn't ready, went to the bar for a drinks. Half our drinks were good, the other half, not so much, so really hit or miss. We tried a total of 7 at £16 a pop I believe.
Dinner upstairs, we had the tasting menu, 2 regular tasting menus, and 1 vegetarian with a chicken addition. Funny thing was that the vegetarian with chicken was only £4 less than the regular tasting menu, and the regular tasting menu had the same chicken dish on it.
Anyways, our server was pleasant, water refilled, never a problem with service. And atmosphere was great. Can't complain. Just be ready to spend when you are here, and it'll be a good time.
There's one thing you just have to know going into Nobu: it's expensive as all get out. Regardless of how much it costs to actually construct the dish, it will cost you an arm and a leg. It's kind of like Vegas, you just have to resolve yourself to a certain "sunk" cost when you step inside. When you've made your peace with that, then you can make some smart choices to get the most enjoyment out of the 401k you gave up to eat there.
In terms of fish, I have to say that it's not the best, most flavorful, freshest fish I have ever tasted. Just like any other sushi joint, some days are better than others, and some cuts are better than others. Definitely ask what is best that day, because the sushi chefs will know. Remind yourself that you don't care about the price. The scallop has been very good, and of course you can rarely go wrong with Toro. Salmon is consistent but still not the best I've tasted.
The wagyu beef traditional style with two sauces is delicious. Sometimes you just can't beat a REALLY good cut of beef.
The hamachi and jalapeno starter is always a favorite of mine and Nobu does it to a standard almost worthy of the price.
while miso glazed black cod isn't the most original of dishes anymore, it's still addictive, and just as flaky as you remember it the last time, every time. You will most likely never be disappointed ordering this.
The sashimi salads are also a great starter. I'm partial to salmon, but the tuna is also very good. The dressing is light and the greens are a really refreshing starter, especially when you've been eating nothing but heavy british food for awhile which I have been guilty of.
The rock shrimp tempura is a classic. The shrimp is meaty, the tempura is not too oily, and there's a lot of it. So it's good for larger parties.
In summary, I like going to Nobu because of the atmosphere and the service and just the overall feeling of luxury and being spoiled. Since the price is 5x more expensive than other places, is the quality 5x? meh, probably not. But like I said, if you are willing to put down the cash if only to guarantee a no hassle, relaxing, consistently delicious meal, Nobu will get the job done.
My first Nobu experience and I loved it.
The ambiance was overall gorgeous although perhaps a little stuck up.
Dinner for two along with cocktails was well over several hundred. I hope to be back.
Favorite dishes in order
King crab taco- mini mini taco but delicous
Yellowtail with jalapeño- so good
Tuna tataki with ponzu sauce- good but then the flavor for me got tiring
Black cod den miso- cooked well but a little bit too overpowering on sweetenes.
Lobster wasabi- most expensive, too rich for my taste, and I think disappointingly the wasabi flavor doesn't come out very well
Drinks are amazing- the one in milk bottle was the best- naru bottle. Tastes like light creamy melted ice cream.
Service and ambiance are great
I had an Ex of mine take me here a few years after we broke up to make up for her dumping me. Does that make this Sympathy Dining? If so I want more, more, more! Any free meal is good but when it's at one of the most exclusive spots in town then it kind of makes up for all the heartbreak and stress... ok, now that I think about it, it doesn't at all. I should claim another free meal here.
So what can I say? I never would have seen myself dining here at this darling of the celebs, but she was paying and I wasn't saying no. I felt out of place in my H&M shirt and backpack from work, especially when she showed in a Chanel coat with a new 300 quid haircut. Fortunately though, the celebs on surrounding tables - some lady from ITV who wouldn't eat fish, the cute one from All Saints and the marvellous Goran Ivanisevic - all were dressed dowdy enough for me to fit in. Huzzah. I'm, a celeb... get me into here!
The food is wonderful, and for the price it's five-star outstanding when someone else is buying. We leant mostly on the Peru-side of Nobu's life, getting the crab tacos and the ceviche salad, but we did venture East to the Japanese connections. My ex was a regular at the Met's Nobu and knew what to get and how it compared to the best raw fish from her own home in the land the rising sun. The Wagyu beef with truffles and mushrooms was a dish I could eat every day. Sounds expensive doesn't it? You'd be surprised that it's not all that bad.
Moving Mr. Nobu to one side, the culinary highlight came from the subcontinent of all places, when the Indian pastry chef (Kotesh Kumar Khandala) pulled out 2 of the most complicated and sublime desserts I've ever tasted, full of fantastic flavours like green tea and adzuki. If you go to Nobu for one thing and one thing only, forget the black cod... it's the pudding you want.
The only downside to a night at Nobu apart from having to consolidate your loans the next days, is that it is too much of a scene. The downstairs bar is choc-full of arrogant moneywinners in suits bleeding the country dry. It's a painful place to be and you kind of hope that they all order some mis-prepared Fugu. Invariably when people think of Nobu they think of ridiculous wealth and the world's best sushi - but don't - it's not all that exclusive and if anything the sushi is the weakest link, the other dishes are the real gems.
Nobu is one of my favorite restaurants to dine at in many cities around the world...and London is no exception. My friend and I arrived for an early dinner at 6:30 PM ready for some good food/sushi, incredible service, and perhaps even some celebrity sightings. And we got 2 out of the 3...
Crab Tacos- very small portion, but tasty
Tuna Tataki- melt in your mouth tuna
Hot chips & tuna- one of my favorite appetizers of the evening
Lobster Tempura Entrée- can't go wrong with fried lobster, but this was a bit overrated. Not any better than any shrimp tempuras I've had and the lobster staring at us kind of freaked us out.
Sushi: yellowtail roll, shrimp tempura, and eel. The shrimp tempura roll was the best among the 3, but all were good. I was a bit disappointed that they didn't really have any specialty rolls.
The drinks were INCREDIBLE. My sherry cherry had egg white in it (LOVE that) and my friend oooh'd and aaah'd over her lynchee martini.
Service: Our waiter was beyond patient with us as we took FOREVER to decide on what to order and quizzed him about celebrities he's seen at Nobu. He was extremely attractive too so made for good eye candy, although unfortunately for my single friend we were pretty sure he batted for the other side.
Celebrities: No celebrities (besides us of course!) on that Sunday evening we happened to be at Nobu, but hottie waiter informed us that Brittney had just canceled a private party there for that week. He's also seen Naomi Campbell and Cristina Aguilera recently. However, he told us we'd have better luck seeing celebrities at their other location in London because that's where they tend to go.
the kind of place you take a Belgium girl, a couple living in Switzerland, or just a place to super show off to your friends.
The place is famous for its sushi but I liked it best for its restaurant. don't get me wrong, my chocolate box dessert was divine and all but the sinks are soooo cool. wow, I couldn't help but feel touristy at Nobu as classy as it is and all its kind of like the Barney's New York of Asian food.
The food is really good i'm not gonna go off the rails and try to deny that. I tried fish here I never would anywhere else because its just the type of place that makes you feel really adventurous to do that sort of jazz.
Yes, the food is decent (though not spectacular by any means), the ambiance is great, and the service is competent, but the prices simply aren't justified by any of the above. I've had just as good or better food for much less money, served with much less pretense.
Yes, I am a NOBU whore.. I cannot help it.. It is my goal to hit every NOBU restaurant on earth and sample the wares.
Silly? Yes, it is a bit silly since I always seem to order the SAME exact items, be it Nobu Tokyo, Nobu London, Nobu NY or Malibu.
Anyways, we were extremely lucky that a friend who works for a somebody got "nobodies" like us a last minute coveted reservation on a Wednesday for a 9pm Saturday night meal. Whoo Hoo!
We walk to the Berkeley Square location, hearing it was the newer location and near our hotel. I was surprised to see a velvet rope outside and inside, a rave-like atmosphere. Apparently, this is the place to get dressed up and go for the bar scene and dinner!
Our hostess literally seated us within 5 minutes of checking in to a lovely spot near the front window. Let the games begin!
I ordered my usual Creamy Spicy Rock Shrimp Tempura, I cannot share nor eat enough of this dish. M had the always crowd pleasing Yellow Sashimi with Jalapenos..
We tried a mushroom dish of several different varieties including truffles. It was a little expensive, maybe $20?? but DAMN, it was good.. so glad to have ordered it!
We skipped on the Black Cod Miso, which I love, and ordered a few rolls aside from the other dishes.
Everything was wonderful, as always. The only thing that got me was the crowd scene and bumping, grinding rave music.. That, my friends, I could not stand behind. I guess we have that at KOI in LA, now that i think of it.
Anyways, be it special occasion or if you are a foodie looking to indulge in some damn good fish, go to NOBU!!! Yay!!
I'm a little ashamed to say that I went here, just because of the mockery one gets because you went to a 'celeb' eatery. I am not a celeb spotter. I repeat, NOT a celeb spotter. I just came for the food.
And it was good. Damn good. Granted we only went for lunch and a special lunch at that, but the sashimi was so soft, so fresh and melted just like butter, it was hard not to fall in love with the excellent food here. My friend has the Wagyu beef, which was soft and seared on the outside. I really like the way the ginger slices were laid on top of the rice with nori and sesame seeds.
The service was of course, impeccable. Getting a table was really easy as well, and their organisation was superb. The place has nice decor, however the ambiance is not as relaxed as I'd like, but then, I don't think I'm their usual client with the usual demands. The staff were lovely, although everytime we thanked them for pouring our drinks into our glasses, they smiled faintly and sort of backed away as if they were trying to blend into the background. I imagine that's the way most customers want them to behave. Still, top marks for the rice/ginger/sesame seeds combo and wonderful sashimi.
Not my fav for sure, but i did like the name!
I've been here several times, and while the main event at Nobu may once have been the food... now it's all about "the scene."
Not that the sushi isn't *some* of the best to be had in London... it is... it's just not the most memorable and astounding I've ever had. Plus, instead of mere seaweed paper, the exterior of their maki rolls comes wrapped in this white, powdery, reminiscent-of-raw-won-ton-paper-like-stuff that I find just a smidge off-putting... I guess I'm a traditionalist in this particular sushi sense.
The cocktails, however, are *amazing.* Don't come here without ordering one! I'm especially partial to their version of mojitos... and I never even got into to that mojitos-are-all-the-rage craze. Be warned though, *all* their fruity concoctions are deceptively strong... one mojito, two mojito... awww...why not a third? And before you know it you are drunkety drunk drunk.
I should note that I've never once been impressed by the service here... sometimes nice, sometimes snooty or indifferent... but *always* slooooowww. And I find the music just a touch too loud for decent conversation.
The lowdown? If you have the money... you've probably already been here. If not, you're probably contemplating it for a special occasion. My take? Unless you're really just looking for an ostentatious brand name restaurant, I'd go elsewhere... a place that's a little less clubby and where the impeccable service and food truly justify the extravagant prices.
You will often read in all the magazines about various celebrities 'coming out of Nobu' and that will give you a good idea as to the type of people who tend to go there. However, unlike some other celeb haunts, this is a genuinely fantastic sushi restaurant that you simply have to visit.
I went with a couple of friends and of course, we did make an extra effort with our attire and you never feel so bad if others see you wolfing down sushi as its healthy right? Anyhow, the food was so good that you can't help but gobble it all down - if you're not a fan of sushi they also serve some alternative fish dishes such as blackened cod which is possibly the best piece of fish I have ever tasted (and also the favourite of Lemar apparently). I had heard notorious things about this dish before I went and am so pleased I finally sampled it.
The food is extremely well presented and I didn't find the staff at all pretentious. We were treated in exactly the same manner as every other customer and he whole experience was fantastic.
However, you may need to hold back on your eating out for a couple of weeks so save the pennies for Nobu as it is on the more pricey side at around - my main course was around £32 so I decided against an appetiser! Well worth a visit though for something special.
I was expecting Nobu to be very fancy and full of celebrities, but it was just a dimly-lighted and not particularly wonderful looking place. I have been to prettier restaurants and there certainly weren't any celebrities there that night.
I was hoping the food would be out of this world, but it was like other places, there were a few things that were really good and most were just okay. It didn't feel like a special dining experience or a culinary journey.
The Creamy Spicy Rock Shrimp Tempura started out tasting okay, but the serving was quite huge (it is not cheap so I suppose that's why) and the more of it you eat, the more ill you feel. It is okay only in small amounts, but 2 people trying to eat a mountain of it is just ruining the experience. It is just too creamy and too heavy.
In general, Nobu had decent food, the tataki was good, but nothing to justify the price tag and it certainly wasn't exciting in terms of atmosphere.
We don't have a Nobu in SF, so I'm always excited to eat at this location near Berkeley Square (and be able to make a reservation via Opentable and yelp!). Be forewarned, this is the typical Mayfair crowd, so you will be judged if you're not dressed well (this happens to one of my close friends who doesn't really care, but get's carded every time we go out to lounges in Mayfair).
The drinks are quite good and I think the best part, actually. One of my close friends once ordered a Hemingway (I think that was the name) and it was served with the actual pages of a Hemingway book. So Nobu kills books to make great cocktails. The drink was actually quite good though. It's also always difficult to find a place to sit down at the lounge area. So many places are always reserved, for basically no one?
The food is great--not overly priced and a good selection of different types of sushi and sashimi, and the likes. The beef tenderloin Tataki is my favorite.
Some of the people that eat at Nobu are insufferable. Many ex-pats but also throngs of russians and people with too much money that you often can't help but wonder what ridiculous caricatures they're trying to portray. It's also one of those restaurants where my friends and I play this game where we try the best hot young woman dating crusty old rich guy in the restaurant. It's entertaining.
It's predictable to give this restaurant five stars because of its perceived reputation, but it's taken me close to ten years to get around to eating here as I've always had the misconception that it's 'just a posh sushi restaurant that celebs and rich people eat at!'
Well that may be true, but it does great vegetarian food (at lunch service at least) - best Donburi I ever had with squash and other seasonal vegetables and the tempura...I've had my fair share of battered veggies - but this was in a league of its own. Just thank god I wasn't paying!
However it's not a drop in a dine place. Book online in advance is recommended for dinner, and the must-have 8PM table booking seems to be nigh-on-impossible. If anyone has a tip on how to get one of those slots, do let me know!
The velvet rope outside let me know what kind of a scene I would be in for. I'm pleased to say that this is the only velvet rope I've encountered and was taken right inside. Unfortunately, we were early and had to chill in the lounge. This place was a meat market. Dudes in shirts unbuttoned to their navels looking like Tom Jones and ladies with their bits spilling all over. Wow.
Dad, I think he's going he's going to pork her.
He's not going to pork her, Russ.
I think he's gonna.
He may pork her.
Thankfully, we were taken upstairs and had a great table. The food is fantastic and that is what I love here. The sushi is great here and we had the spicy tuna and California rolls. Solid. Rock shrimp with ponzu sauce, grilled octopus, and spicy shrimp ishiyaki. We get the rock shrimp every visit and you should too, it's one of the best things on the menu. Our other new choices were hits as well. The Uozo pie with the oatmeal cookie and dulce de leche ice cream was a nice ending. Service was good.
Nobu is always a great meal. This scene was unlike anything I've seen and outdid the one in Vegas, if that gives you any idea. I love the food. But, could do without the club. This was also more expensive than Boxwood which is ridiculous.
Fortunately for my wallet, the only time that I have ever visited Nobu was on company expenses. This was also quite fortunate for my taste buds too as we were openly encouraged to order whatever we liked. This meant I was allowed to order their signature Black Cod, guilt free. It was phenomenal. Every flake fell away from the fish effortlessly and the taste was incredible.
The rest of my party thoroughly enjoyed their meals too and whilst it would be fair to say that there is a great emphasis on fish here, the meal lovers and vegetarians were also well catered for. Special mention has to be made of Nobu's skilled presentation. Every dish that you order arrives as a work of art in itself and it's clear that the kitchen are trying very hard to impress.
The downside of Nobu is the celebrity factor. A known haunt for famous faces, it often feels as though this restaurant is more concerned with status than food. While we ate it was hard not to notice a few celebrities being rushed through the dining room in to the private area at the back. If anything I felt this drew more attention to them than if they had just been walked through the restaurant like anyone else.
For most people a visit to Nobu will be a one off and for a special occasion it's definitely worth it. However, the prices here make it difficult for us non-celeb types to really get to know the place and its celebrity status can detract from the food.
I was once taken on a date here,which was great because I got to eat and drink my way through the menu without worrying about the cost, which was turning into a similar amount to my rent for the month.
Nobu Berkeley Square is probably the best Nobu in London, in terms of atmosphere. Plus it has a kick-ass bar, which is every bit as sleek and sexy as you would imagine from a mega expensive restaurant in Mayfair. If you are heading here, don't even think about missing the bar, as it does some of the best cocktails in London. My favourite is the goji berry martini - a frothy creamy concoction of berry deliciousness. The Nobu mojito comes a near second. And look out for any cocktails which have sake in them, yummy.
So the food, well we all have heard the reviews . It really is as good as the hype suggests. I'm not quite sure how a menu which is styled as a mix of Japanese and Peruvian actually works, but it does. Probably the most famous dish is the Black Cod. It is slightly sweet, ever so soft, and one of the best dishes that you can have in London.
The food is expensive, but there are ways of keeping the cost down. Listen up - on the back page is a list of all-inclusive meals. For about £18.00 you can get a large bowl of chicken or prawn in teriyaki sauce with rice, and this comes with miso soup. The other thing to do is just order sushi. It is completely filling, and only about £6 or £7.00 for an hand cut roll. I could be completely happy here just sitting at the counter, sipping on a glass of wine, and having two or three plates of sushi. This would cost about £25.00, so it's not all bad news for us penniless types.
Came here with my boyfriend because we were craving quality sushi at one point. The décor is exactly what you'd expect of a Mayfair venue: elaborate, dim-lit, and exotic in some way. I wore a dress and heels and still felt a bit under-dressed when I looked around and everyone looked done up to the extreme.
We had an assortment of sashimi but the most memorable part of the meal was the yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño appetizer, yum! The damage was just over £80 or so for both of us, decent for a Michelin star restaurant.
Also, it was a weekday and we got reservations for the day of, so if you're looking to go last-minute, it IS possible!
Some nice dishes (e.g., black cod) but I have three complaints:
2) uneven service
3) celebrity ass-kissing
It is in some ways like all the other Nobus, that is fairly good sushi but more about the scene than the food. A long ways from the good old days of Matsuhisa on La Cienega in LaLaLand.
The food was good and the ambiance was decent, definitely a restaurant to see and been seen. The sushi was good but I'm from the Seattle where the sushi is much better, fresher and more reasonably price (even at the high end sushi restaurants)
The service was decent, the waiter kept forgetting our order or giving it to the table next to us.
If you're interested in hanging out with the young, rich and fabulous of London, I definitely recommend a visit. If you're on a budget, I would pass.
Of the two Nobu's in London I prefer this one for the bar and drinking experience. The bar area is pretty slick - I recommend the Vodka Mojito.
For some reason I prefer the food at the other Nobu - I have no idea why because really there is no reason for it being any different- but there you go. It is still awesome so don't get me wrong.
As with all Nobu's it is pricey... but it is worth it.
This is a great special occasion restaurant. We came here with a bunch of friends and enjoyed the way the staff shouted their greetings every time a new guest gets walked in.
I was looking very forward to the sushi, but living in San Francisco I must have gotten spoiled. While the sushi was good, the other dishes were that much more interesting. My favorite was probably the mushroom dish with lots of butter, but the cod was really good too.
And I remember dessert.... mmmmmmhhhh.....
Having eaten at Nobu London and many others (Miami, Nobu Tribeca, Nobu 57, Nobu LA, Nobu Malibu, Nobu Tokyo, Nobu Hong Kong, Nobu San Diego, Nobu Las Vegas) I can always find quality Sushi at all locations. Nobu Berkeley is very good but the most expensive being in the UK.
The atmosphere here is very upscale with more formal service which you will not find in the USA locations. I do prefer this location over the London location.
During the many time I have frequent this location I have been very satisfied with the food and service.
If you plan to go here; do plan to spend upwards of five hundred dollars person for the high quality Japanese fish flown in daily.
I am fortunate enough to live in NYC where there is nothing you cannot find, food wise. I have been to many a great restaurant and many a bad one. I recently came to London on holiday and expected a similar experience n diversity. With that said, I wanted to go to dinner to a place that I "knew" would be good. I chose Nobu based on the reputation that their NY locations had, which is very good.
I am sorry to say, I was severely disappointed, mostly by the service. I the food was very good, which is why I gave 2 stars and not one. The thing is that it is not hard to give good service OR good food but it is hard to give both. I expected both from Nobu. The guy barely spoke above a whisper. He didn't know his menu well. and had a very laxidasical about our satisfaction. In fact, he did not ask once how everything was.
I have been to various levels of restaurants. The thing that is always done is to check to make sure that everything came out as ordered and was satisfactory. This is at the crappy Applebee's all the way to the top restaurant that you can think of. For such a poor level of service to come from Nobu, especially at the $130 per person price point, is embarrassing for them.
I am a non-believer of fusion food, but after trying London Nobu, my view has been changed. The Omasake set was just aweson, perfectly awesome, especially any sashimi served with fusion style, it's just so mouth watering. The spirit was the western source enhancing the sashimi. of course, the service was splendid. I went twice in two weeks' time.
btw, the signature dish with Tuna, oh, the best ever!!!
The food was great. Order the black cod. Service was friendly enough and the menu far-ranging. Our pre-dinner cocktail was as well prepared as the subsequent food.
My wife and I did argue whether the GBP 20.00 baked mushrooms were a side-dish or entree. I thought the latter given how deep I reached in my pocket. It appeared to be a large helping of the former. Very tasty fungi. Kudos to Nobu's food gather.
Didn't award the fifth star because the cacophony of sound and constant dance-beat music made me feel like I was at a disco club, not a restaurant. So did the velvet rope at the entrance. Nobu: your food is excellent. Spare us the distractcion of our aural sense to focus on our oral sense.
Reservations a must.
A few months ago, I had the pleasure of dining at Nobu in London, and it was a sublime experience from start to finish. The ambience is, of course, very elegant, and the dining area is perfectly laid out to keep conversations private while still giving you the chance to see and be seen.
My friends and I did the pre fixe tasting menus, and found that each option delivered a consistently excellent and balanced series of dishes, each crafted to deliver something different with each round.
The food was expertly plated, and despite European custom, the portions were actually quite large when added up.
The service was uncharacteristically friendly and attentive, though it seemed that each waiter was a little bit overworked.
The downstairs bar offers an interesting mix of ridiculously overpriced drinks, but there are some great features, like a mojito served with honey dripping from a honeycomb, and a nice selection of hard alcohol. The lounge area is even louder and more crowded than the dining room, and if I had one complaint, it would be that they let too many people into the bar at any one time.
All in all, Nobu is a spendy evening, but given the quality of food, it's certainly not overpriced. If you're thinking of going, plan ahead: Nobu is pretty much reservation-only and reservations open up 30 before the desired date. Spots go fast.
We were lucky enough to wander across the street from our hotel to bump into Nobu. Walked in without a reservation, and after a bit of schmoozing with the manager, got a table in the middle of the lounge. Great ambiance there...a huge tree as a backsplash on the bar with lots of tea light candles. The bar area got packed fast; not where you go for a romantic dinner...but perfect for dinner/drink pregame. The tables are somewhat low and small, with cushiony backless curved seats, which was inviting for mingling on a busy Saturday.
Among amazing things to put in your mouth:
-lobster ceviche, sea bass sashimi, softshell crab harumaki with wasabi, pumpkin tempura...and to chug: wash it all down with a green tea martini (okay fine, sip it. What fun are you)
Definitely expensive, so maybe not your go-to sushi spot, but worth checking out!
I was incredibly lucky to be taken here by a client last month. My, my, what a treat.
I pretty much let my hosts order a selection of bits and pieces (since they'd been to Nobu all around the world - raving about ALL except Milan).
We tucked into edamame beans and a special beef dish, following by an array of the finest sushi I've ever had the pleasure of eating. In fact, the yellowtail tuna with jalepenos turned my taste to tuna. It was pickled in a kind of lime marinade with a spicy kick. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water! I'd go back there just for that. We also had beautiful prawn hand rolls and avocado ones that melted in the mouth.
Additionally, the salmon nigiri was fresh and clean, the sake dangerously drinkable and the chocolate bento box (flourless chocolate fondant with green tea ice cream) was heavenly.
I've heard the cuisine at Nobu described as 'new style' Japanese, but never truly understood what this meant until now. The food is in a class of it's own - absolutely phenomenal! The seafood and meats are of the highest quality, which alone makes the food stand out. Add to this perfectly balanced flavors and textures and it doesn't get any better. Dining at Nobu was a tasting experience that I'd best describe as 'blow your mind' good, which puts this meal on my 'best things I've eaten' list.
Everything from food prep to service was also spot on. The quiet confidence of the sushi chefs along the counter expertly and precisely preparing each dish is an impressive sight. And the servers are also on their game, working together to quickly usher each order from the counter to the tables as soon as they are ready. We ordered a number of things to share and each dish arrived at our table with perfect timing.
My only small nit about the restaurant was the dome shaped ceiling design that resulted in some strange acoustics where we were seated. We could clearly hear the conversation of a table on the other side of the room. We ended up sliding our table over a few inches which seemed to dull the effect a little.
I can't wait for the next occasion when I return to Nobu (perhaps to check out another of their famous locations). Until then, I have the following sweet memories...
Run down of the dishes we ordered:
Japanese Julep Cocktail - Got things started at the bar downstairs with this refreshing twist on a traditional julep made with Yamazaki whisky.
Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna - Fun presentation! Crunchy cubes of crispy rice on sticks that you dip in soy and add a scoop of spicy tuna before popping in your mouth.
Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno - My favorite dish of the night simply because the sashimi was unbelievably fresh, some of the freshest yellowtail I've ever eaten.
Soft Shell Crab Roll - These crispy crabs didn't disappoint. Crunch, crunch, yum.
Fresh Salmon Sashimi - Like butter. Need I say more?
Shitake Anti Cucho Peruvian Style Skewer - Surprising transformation of a simple mushroom. They nailed the flavors on this one.
New Style Wagu Sashimi - 2nd favorite dish of the night. Wagu melts in your mouth. Our friends ordered a different preparation of wagu sashimi, which was not as good. Definitely go for the 'new style' wagu!
'Dragon Eyes': Warm Chocolate and Zabayon Ganache served with Crema Catalana Ice Cream, Pistachio Garapinados and Mixed Berry Coulis - Ah, a happy ending
Wine: Riesling 'Dachsfilet' D.Q Prinz Von Hessen 2009 Rheingau, Germanya - Great pairing with our meal. So good, we ordered a second bottle.
Great bar, great cocktails and great service..
We didn't eat, but if you're looking to just cocktail.. then I highly recommend it!
What can I write that hasn't already been said? I've been to Nobu in NYC and LV and this one is as good as any. Impeccable service, wonderrful food and flavors, great atmosphere. Yes it's spendy but in my view worth it.
After I selected the wine, we put it the meal Into the hands of our server, and she did not disappoint. It's a good thing to do if you want to try some new dishes that you haven't tried before. Very fun!
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