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The ascent to Nobu, facilitated by two sets of elevators and very polite staff, adds to a sense of expectation and excitement. On entry, this prestigious establishment resembles an authentic teahouse and is elegant to a tee. The best seating area is at the end of room with a glorious view of the twin towers. The bar food and drink counters also offer stylish spaces for casual dining and intimate conversations.
Nobu is known for its modern Japanese cuisine that incorporates ingredients of its host countries making dining here a truly creative and artful experience. The food, coupled with excellent cold sake choices, is guaranteed to tantalise taste buds and leave guests with a host of new favourite dishes.
The yellow tail sashimi with jalapeno and yuzu soy dressing is a Nobu classic and a wonderful way to start this epicurean journey. This simple dish is packed with flavours thanks to the yuzu soy dressing and has a spicy kick from the jalapeno.
The salmon new style sashimi is another must-try starter. The thin slices of coral-coloured salmon are lightly seared in sesame oil and topped with a yuzu soy dressing.
The baby spinach dry miso with scallop is a favourite among many guests. The spinach is bright green and luscious while the scallop meat is sweet and cooked to perfection and falls apart with each bites releasing more flavours. It is a perfect complement to the spinach. This dish is a wonderfully smooth and subtle mix of flavours and textures.
A Nobu signature dish is the black cod with miso. Nobu has given this traditional Japanese dish a twist by making it a little sweeter, which works amazingly well with the rich cod.
To finish off this gastronomic adventure, the Bento Box – a Nobu signature dessert – is a must try. Within a traditional bento box is a disc of chocolate fondant, a sesame tuile and a scoop of green tea ice-cream. The fondant is made of premium chocolate and is decadent with its velvety texture. The ice-cream meanwhile, rounds up the richness of the chocolate with its refreshing flavours.
Nobu has a wonderful selection of alcohol – wines, spirits and of course an excellent selection of cold sakes. The recommended sakes are the Junmai Daiginjyo, the Ongakushu and the 12-year-old Hibiki.
All guests are afforded with the signature Nobu welcome upon arrival and even though the staff are busy, they are always well presented and very pleasant.
For this selection of dishes, the price is RM1,800 for a party of three, which is reasonable given that the dishes are ideal for sharing.