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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Nobu @ Hongkong

Nobu, the famous Japanese restaurant in US which often frequented by movie stars. Upon knowing there is another branch at Hongkong, I instantly made reservation for our final lunch date in HK and so glad I made that reservation!

We arrived about half an hour earlier than our reservation but our table was ready while most of tables were still empty. It was one hot sunny Sunday afternoon, the shades by our window worked very well to block the glares yet still able to provide the view to Avenue of Stars below. Slowly but surely, it was a full house so reservation is a must if you are going to visit Nobu.

For Sunday lunch, there was a Set Lunch Menu which consisted of 4 items of Appetizers, 1 Main Course, 1 Rice or Noodle selection and 1 Dessert. It came with free-flow sake but I didn't try the sake for this lunch.

Staff were attentive and I did appreciate how they advised us on how each dish should be eaten in order for us to fully enjoy the dish as how it was supposedly consumed. Some may thought it was intimidating but I thought it was a thoughtful gesture as Nobu wanted the patrons to enjoy it as it was intended to be.

Each dish presented was to be admired; from its technique, flavourful combination, the intricacy of its design and presentation to its superb taste. It was Perfection!

Though it was full house, staff were still attentive and prompt in serving us, especially clearing our plates and serving next dish.

The décor was so typical of Japanese, a Zen-like simplicity but its ceiling was the focal point of the room and it was indeed dramatic but done tastefully.

Even the restroom dedicated for Nobu was so reflective of Nobu itself. The hand napkins were embossed with Nobu logo, I was amazed to its detail and elegant touches which very Japanese.

Nobu was certainly lived up to its hype as one of the best fine fusion Japanese restaurant.

I, for sure, became one of its fans and would love to visit it again whenever I have a chance.

The dramatic focal point of the ceiling

View to Avenue of Star and the Pier
Dining area

Tables by the window

View to the Popular Lounge on Ground Floor (mostly mainland tourists in queue)

It was just so neatly prepared...

Nobu Menu

Trying Nobu Mocktail, the Illusion
Lychee Puree, Cranberry Juice, Apple Syrup and Soda Water

Our Appetizers
Selecting all 8 items with 4 items for each pax/set menu 
One word:
It was the best looking and delicious appetizers I've ever had!

Scallop Jalapeno, half eaten when this photo was taken

New Style Botan Ebi & Uni Sashimi, in its original portion

Toro with Jalapeno Dressing, again half-taken

Hirame Sashimi with XO Salsa, also half-eaten

Salmon Tartar, half-eaten

Pork Belly with Yuzu Miso, as we were too eager to bite, upon photo taking, it was all almost half-eaten

Lobster Chevice, half-eaten

Beef Tataki Tostada, still in its original portion!
All these appetizers were delicious, tasty and it looked so elegant 
Black Cod Saikyo Yaki

I couldn't found fault with this cod fish, it was grilled to perfection and the hints of sweetness was in right balance

Rock Shrimp Tempura with Creamy Spicy Sauce
One of the Mains

I loved this dish! The tempura prawn was fried to perfection and it was very tasty, crunch, fresh. The greens and mushroom just added the deliciousness of this dish

Unagi Takenoko Gohan
1st selection of Rice & Noodle Selection

It was the best Unagi don I've ever seen
It was simple and good!

Mushroom Cold Soba, Spicy Miso
2nd selection of Rice & Noodle

The coldness of soba (not that cold) mixed with sliced mushroom and carrots was just a delicious meal closure. It didn't make you feel full yet you were full enough

Couldn't resisted not to order Ebi Tempura
Yes, it was the smallest portion of tempura per plate I ever encountered, it was good bu not so fantastic about it

Suntory Whisky Ice Capuccino
A different take of cappuccino and it was a delish!
Vanilla Tamago Crème
It was like crème brulee but with yuzu and hints of sake for its sauce
Elegantly presented and delicious dessert

I called this the NOBU spoon

Private room near to doors leading to restroom area in the back
Nobu Restroom
Elegant Room Scent Diffuser from L'occitaine
All provided by L'occitaine
The elegant hand-drying napkins with Nobu logo embossed on bottom side
Signage to return to restaurant area
The Bar Sitting Area
Bar Counter
View to Nobu Entrance
Nobu Hong Kong
18 Salisbury Road
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: +852-2721-1211
Opens Daily for Dining and Bar Lounge
Lunch from 12 pm to 2.30 pm
Dinner from 6 pm to 11 pm
For Sunday, Bar Lounge opens from 6 pm to Midnight

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