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Nobu Cape Town at One&Only

Cost
R350 avg main meal
Ambience
Bar scene, Groups, Kids, Special occasions
Food
Japanese, Seafood, South African, Sushi
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
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Food

Nearly a decade after opening, Nobu continues to draw a hungry crowd of locals and tourists seeking their fix of stellar sushi and innovative Japanese and Nikkei cuisine.
Food Where to begin. That’ll be your first quandary while poring over the menu at Nobu. Our advice? Start with salted edamame beans to whet the appetite and focus the mind.

A selection of Nobu’s superb sushi should follow. The chefs here are masters at their craft, and you’ll struggle to find more expertly made sushi in Cape Town. Want to break from tradition? The new-style salmon sashimi never fails to impress.

The world is your oyster after that, so ask the waiters for advice. The tempura is unfailingly featherlight, and it’s not hard to see why the black cod with miso is a global signature dish. Just don’t look at the price. Else opt for the succulent kushiyaki (grilled skewers) of scallops, langoustine or salmon. A side dish of Nobu’s spinach salad with yuzu truffle and dried miso doesn’t hurt either.

The extensive dessert menu adds a Japanese twist to a range of classic sweets. Always dreamed of tofu tiramisu or matcha fondant? You’ve come to the right place.

The choice of dishes and preparations can be overwhelming, but if you simply can’t decide, there’s a range of set menus on offer, including the seven-course omakase tasting menu created each night by the chefs.

Drinks

An extensive wine list, with well-trained sommeliers on hand. A good selection of Japanese whiskies, as well as exclusive sake from Japan’s Hokusetsu Brewery. Arrive early for pre-dinner sake-infused cocktails in the upper-level Nobu Lounge.

Service

Warm and friendly service that begins with the (sometimes-startling) shout of irashaimasu (welcome!) from the waiters as you enter the restaurant. Volume of their voices aside, they have an excellent knowledge of the extensive menu.

Ambience

Some diners love the soaring triple-volume ceilings and origami-inspired lights, while others find the space a little cavernous and impersonal. Either way, the abundance of dark wood and moody lighting suits the upscale feel of the restaurant.

Best for…

A romantic date night. Just make sure your credit card is charged up.

(August 2018)

Eat Out critics dine unannounced and pay for their meals in full. Read our full editorial policy here.

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  • Seth Shezi

    Food

    A Nobu dinner kicks off with a boisterous chant from the staff and kitchen to welcome you to the restaurant. The rather unexpected outpouring for such a posh place it sets the tone for what is bound to be a lively and interactive dining experience. Nobu might form part of a chain of luxury Japanese restaurants laced with Peruvian influence, but this is not your run-of-the-mill sushi joint!

    The menu is broken down into cold and warm, light and rich, old and new-style, as well as the chef’s signature tasting menu. Come prepared to share then jump straight in with edamame beans and a few portions of the new-style sashimi. The salmon new-style is the most popular of them all – a simple, moreish dish comprised of melt-in-your-mouth salmon dressed in soy and an unctuous sesame seed oil. A better eel California roll would be impossible to find – Nobu’s expert chefs are classically trained and it shows in how they prepare the all too often taken-for-granted California roll – with perfect execution and attention to consistency.

    Determined not to be singled out as just a sushi restaurant, Nobu’s meat dishes come packed with addictive Eastern flavours. Only high-quality cuts are used and, where available, the Wagyu beef can be enjoyed in four different ways – new-style, toban yaki, tataki or ishiyaki style.

    The pièce du résistance has to be the much-hyped Black Cod den miso. This dish has helped some of the Nobu branches earn Michelin stars – it is a firm but flakey fish, served with a tasty charr on the outside, a hint of natural sweetness and spectacularly pared-down presentation. It’s worth every solitary penny.

    The often-popular Rock Shrimp Tempura is a little underwhelming, but the umami-packed baby spinach salad with dried miso is an unexpected highlight set to send you soaring on a flavour joyride.

    Chocolate fiends are spoilt for choice with three chocolate desserts on offer. But it’s the chocolate bento box with a gooey lava fondant, served with a scoop of matcha green tea ice-cream, that is the perfect end to a whirlwind meal.

    Drinks

    The selection is well-curated, comprising of both local and international wines all broken down by varietals. The list of spirits is equally inexhaustible, comprising of Japanese whiskeys, beers, cognacs and saké.

    Service

    Welcoming and efficient service and staff have a detailed knowledge of the extensive menu, though the staff are perhaps a tad over-eager to push the pricier items on the menu.

    Ambience

    Nobu is the most designer space inside the generally muted One&Only Hotel – the restaurant enjoys palatial triple volume high ceilings topped with an edgy origami light fixture. The dark contemporary wood gives the space a moody feel, making it a suitable place for both a romantic dinner for two or a swanky champagne dinner party.

    And…

    If the craving for Nobu arrests you before payday, worry not, the upstairs nook serves delectable finger food at budget-friendly prices.

    (August 2017)

    Eat Out critics dine unannounced and pay for their meals in full. Read our editorial policy here.

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User reviews

  • Visited this restaurant at the end of July 2018. The restaurant has an intimate setting. The menu is priced at R200-300 for each starter or sushi option with about R750 for the hot dishes. They suggest a tapas style of eating for starters. We had the new aged sashimi, a few sushi options, fried calamari, fish n chips and a salad. The tapas style is always enjoyable but food, including the sushi was just okay. The Chalmar beef tenerloin for mains was phenomenol and melt in the mouth. Other main courses we has were the baked fish,the lobster and the seared salmon which were average.
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Specials

Winter at Nobu
Indulge in an incredible five-course Winter Omakase menu which includes favourites such as Lobster with lemon dressing and Beef Tobanyaki. Enjoy this exclusive dining experience at just R600 per person. The offering is available for dinner only from Tuesday to Sunday from 6pm. This offerng is available until the end of September. Booking is essential.

The Bento Box at Nobu
This is a lunch time favourite at Nobu for only R380 per person. This special is available on Saturday and Sunday only, until the end of September 2019 (except 27 July, 24 August and 28 September).

 

Nobu's Monthly Saturday Brunch
On the last Saturday of every month, join Nobu for a brunch sensation. On offer are all the Nobu signature dishes including sushi, oysters, the spinach salad, black cod, and an array of sweet treats to end off the meal. This is complemented by a "free-flow" of wine and live entertainment.  The price is R1380 per person and includes a glass of bubbly on arrival and a “free-flow” of premium South African Wines. This offer is valid until end of September 2019.

 

Valid from - 2019-07-16 - 2019-09-30

Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Accommodation
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Eat Out reviewed
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  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • StreetSmart affliated
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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