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Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
December 9, 2010
From journal New York
Newark, New Jersey
December 5, 2008
September 26, 2005
We were seated very promptly and the service was attentive. The restaurant is obviously frequented by more tourists than foodies, as the waiter felt the need to give us a definition of omakase and toro. However, this could be considered a feature. The decor was Japanese minimalist, with high ceilings and plenty of room between tables.
The menu has quite a selection of sushi-based dishes, as well as meat-based dishes and a few vegetarian selections. The food was excellent and the presentation was pretty, but it wasn’t quite at the level of Oishii at home (which is cheaper), or at the level of a truly gourmet restaurant, though the prices are comparable. Overall, we were disappointed by NOBU’s offerings, but this is because the price point does not match the quality. For that price, I expect absolute perfection.
Diners are encouraged to order two small plates each and share with their companions. Four of our members did this, while two of us chose the omakase, although I would hesitate to call it an omakase. First of all, it was clearly predetermined rather than being the spontaneous invention of the sushi chef. This was clear because they were fairly unwilling to make changes to the omakase menu in their mind when people listed their dietary needs. The omakase is comparable to a prix-fixe, but by definition means chef’s choice, sometimes defined as a conversation between chef and diner. At NOBU, it’s essentially a tasting menu, predetermined but not listed on the menu. A diner 2 weeks before me had the same omakase, which should not be possible. All the dishes on the omakase are on the menu and could have been ordered from the menu for less money. The omakase comes at three levels, $80, $100, and $120, with the price increases meaning better-quality ingredients. We opted for the $120 option. The omakase included (among other dishes) kobe beef topped with fois gras, a seared toro with jalapeno sauce, a middling sushi course, and a berry-flavored shaved ice to clear the palette for a chocolate-filled bento box.
At the end of the meal, we had an $800 bill and most people were still hungry. Ordinarily I poo-poo the sort of people who complain about portion sizes, as most American portion sizes are too large to begin with. Also, at a gourmet restaurant, it is more of a delight to have small tastes with beautiful presentation, and after six courses, one is usually quite full. But at NOBU, the small plates were truly small and left both wallets and stomachs empty.
From journal Weekends in NYC
August 15, 2005
If you haven't eaten at Nobu before, it's a good idea to have the waiter introduce you to the menu. The portion sizes will be key as you order. We shared the yellowtail tartar with caviar in a wasabi sauce. It was beautifully done and just on the cusp of too spicy. That was priced around $15.
For our main course, I ordered the lunch special of a selection of sushi and one roll. It also came with a small salad with ginger dressing and miso soup. They do not bring spoons with the miso soup, as you are supposed to sip it out of the bowl. You can use your chopsticks to eat the tofu from the bowl. The sushi was wonderfully fresh. The yellowtail had the smoothest texture. All of it was flavorful. That special was around $20.
My friend ordered the lunch special as well, but got the salmon in pepper sauce and vegetable tempura. The tempura was perfectly light. It was a full salmon filet (I estimate 6 ounces) with a subtly flavored, creamy pepper sauce. The salmon was excellent, although not really exciting.
For dessert, we shared the bento box. It comes with a small chocolate souffle and green tea ice cream. The price is $8. The desserts are beautifully presented and are worth the price.
Although the food is excellent, the service is a few steps behind. You would expect them to be really on top of the service, but we found ourselves repeatedly asking for things we ordered. Eventually, they did bring everything, but we were a bit annoyed, especially given the prices.
We left Nobu feeling full and satisfied, but not weighed down with heavy food.
Based on other trips to Nobu, I'd recommend the yellowtail with jalapeno for a nice amount of spice. I also really enjoy the black cod with miso sauce. It is one of their signature dishes. The texture of the fish is unbelievable!
I think it's definitely worth the trip. You can spend as much as you have in your wallet on dinner at Nobu.
From journal NYC
December 27, 2004
When we got there, at 11:45am, both restaurants were closed. There were a couple of people standing outside of the restaurant. I bravely asked one of them if they were waiting for a table. He said that no reservation was necessary for lunchtime, so we decided to wait. Anyway, it had taken some knowledge and energy to get here.
The food and service was phenomenal. There is a lunch-special menu, which is more reasonably price, but we decided to go with the Nobu specialty, which, according to our waitress, people come to this restaurant for. We ordered a Japanese beer called Asahi Super Dry; this will just hit the spot. Then we had the rock shrimp, a sashimi salad with matsuhisa dressing, and the house special roll. We also saved a small piece of vegetable tempura for my son. Now we cannot wait to go back and try more.
From journal New York City in November
Santa Monica, California
January 15, 2001
Nobu, Next Door has a deal worked out with Layla's, a Middle-Eastern restaurant across the street, where you can go for drinks while you wait. Nobu, Next Door will call Layla's when it's your turn to be seated. Word of warning: no matter how hungry you are or how tempting the appetizers are at Layla's, stick to drinks and don't spoil you're dinner.
First-timers should definitely try the tasting menu which begins at $70 per person. While this is expensive, I assure you, your money is being well-spent. The tasting menu allows you to try a wider variety of exquisite dishes. The waiter will ask you what you do and do not eat so that the chef can tailor the tasting menu to your preferences. EVERYTHING I had was absolutely divine! Each course was brought out separately and the waiter would describe what each dish was. One of my favorites was the rock shrimp (a meal in itself!) which was served in a creamy sauce-- my mouth is still watering from the taste!
This is not your typical Japanese restaurant so each dish is a combination of ingredients you have most likely never tasted before, but is oh-so-pleasing to the palate. Since portions are large, be sure to pace yourself, and be prepared to be overstuffed, but don't forget to save room for dessert!
If you don't do try the tasting menu, but want the Nobu experience, be adventurous and try some of the atypical Japanese appetizers and entrees on the menu. This is not the place to order your ordinary sushi combo.
From journal Japanese Dining in New York
New York City, New York, Afghanistan
August 16, 2000
From journal Taste of the Big Apple
Charlotte, North Carolina
June 17, 2000
From journal My Favorite Restaurants in New York