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