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|Address:||15 Berkeley Street, London W1J 8DY|
|Tel:||020 7290 9222|
|Price: £89.00||Wine: £33.00||Champagne: £64.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-2.30pm (Sat-Sun -3pm) 6-11pm (Thus-Sat -12M Sun -9.45pm)|
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“Nobu or “No Boo””
Nobu Berkeley is situated right in the middle of Berkeley Street in Mayfair, and later on most evenings, has its usual 'club type" queues at the entrance, maintaining its mystique of what awaits inside.
On this evening I met with some friends from abroad first for a drink at the chic bar downstairs, before being told that though I did not book, they could accommodate the three of us with a table for dinner. And so we wandered upstairs to the usual welcoming cries in Japanese, and were seated at the back section of the dining room away from the main window section. Here it is a little less atmospheric, and almost rather claustrophobic as there is a level of noise and rebound echo which makes conversation almost impossible.
Anyway to the food and service which has been honed and perfected for an eternity at so many Nobus globally, and though seamless as it always is, there was not such a fresh take in my mind somehow. My guests were also a little bemused but not overly impressed and why it was I am not sure any of us could pinpoint. At the end of the day I think it was the extremely loud environment that dis-enabled us from either fully enjoying the food or any conversation, making most senses as it were, a well shaped blur rather than a truly refined or exquisite experience of any sort.
The crowd on a this mid week day evening was also mostly “touristy” it seemed and could be described as mixed rather than international. By this there is a inference that there were diners from all walks of life, but it seemed quite a few could be on the brash end of the spectrum, adding to the overall loud environment.
So all in all I am not sure I can say that Nobu did not deliver, but just that due to a number of factors some circumstantial, the end result was much less epic than reputation has led one to expect.