Sake and Umami Dinner at Nobu London

For two evenings only, on Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 April, Japanese restaurateur and chef Nobu Matsuhisa – founder of the eponymous international chain of restaurants – will be flying in to host an intimate dining experience in the private dining room at Nobu London, on Old Park Lane.

The evenings represent a rare opportunity to hear Matsuhisa speak in person about the tradition, design and creation of his cuisine, while learning about the unique savoury taste of umami at the dinner.

When humans eat, they use all of their senses – sight, hearing, smell and touch – to form judgments about their food. Taste, however, is the most influential in determining how delicious a food is. Conventionally, it has been thought that our sense of taste is comprised of four basic, or primary, tastes – sweet, sour, salt and bitter. However, a further primary taste – umami – is also now recognised, and it is this taste that will be celebrated at the two dinners, with all dishes served with complementary sake.

The dinners start at 7.30pm for 8pm, and with only 50 spaces available for each evening, early booking is recommended. Tickets are priced at £200 per person. To book, call Amir Jati at Nobu London on 020 7447 4777 or email amirj@noburestaurants.com.