Nobu Berkeley St

15 Berkeley Street , London, W1J 8DY

020 7290 9222

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SquareMeal Review of Nobu Berkeley St

London moves on, but Nobu still parties. More than a decade after opening on Berkeley Street, the toast of the noughties has been heavily flattered by countless imitations, none of which has managed to unseat the original. The late David Collins’ fantastical design (all bamboo murals and burnished futuristic tones) is as dear to some customers as their own homes – perhaps more so, because it signals sheer fun. As for the food, fans rate the lunchtime bento boxes and waiters who take the time to explain their contents: the classic version features tuna sashimi salad, baby tiger shrimp tempura, sushi and the much-imitated miso black cod. Dinner might involve anything from field greens with the eponymous (Nobu) Matsuhisa dressing to secreto Ibérico pork roasted in the wood oven, via the house tacos filled with salmon or king crab or an array of well-made sushi and sashimi. There’s enough choice for multiple nights out, though the bill (especially with wine) only comes in one form – massive.

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5.7

Food & Drink: 6.8

Service: 5.4

Atmosphere: 6.5

Value: 4.9

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Sarah . bronze reviewer 04 February 2016

Once you get over everyone staring when you walk in as the waiters announce your arrival to the restaurant in Japanese, you can sit down knowing you will be served good food, on time, with good service at Nobu B......I'm not sure exactly why, but I can't pick a better word than good...... Back in the day, Nobu B was heaving and the restaurant was buzzy, the bar packed.....I had lunch on a Thursday and the bar was empty, one half of the restaurant was empty and our side had a few mums & kids, plus some business diners. I just felt it was less special now - I wasn't as excited to eat here a few years on, but I don't feel that at Zuma - I still get the buzz and the kick. I had what I usually have - the bento box.....it is a little bit of everything - black cod / rock shrimp / sashimi / nigiri - all very good, especially the Matsuhisa dressing. I didn't enjoy the vegetables with rice - very buttery which just didn't fit in with the rest of the meal. I also didn't drink and chose one of their juices and was pleasantly surprised how nice it was, with a spicy kick. So definitely eat here, it's good, you won't be disappointed.......but I am sad that it's lost it's spark somewhere on the way.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Sophie W. 24 November 2015

Dinner at Nobu with my daughter was a wonderful experience. The decor itself inside and out is chic and along with the buzzing atmosphere, created a perfect setting. We had the asparagus and green bean tempura to start - light and just right followed by Chicken and Beef Terriyaki - the meat was succulent and rice as it should be. The miso soup was also delicious with a hint of peppery spice - just right for the chilly evening. For desserts, my daughter had her assortment of sweet birthday treats and happy birthday written on the plate in chocolate. The cocktails and Rose completed and complemented our meal. The customer service was excellent. Will visit again sometime!

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 3.0

Marc S. bronze reviewer 14 September 2015

Great evening at an excellent restaurant. Superb food, as always

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Mr VK 13 February 2015

Went for early business lunch. Great modern take on Japanese food. Stylish surroundings. Would recommend

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Vanessa J. 30 June 2014

Lovely atmosphere for a Friday night. The Black Cod Miso is definitely one to try. Very rich in flavour. Waygu beef was also beautiful. So much to try on the menu, will be making a return visit very soon :-)

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 0.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 1.0

Amy M. platinum reviewer 06 May 2014

The three times I have eaten here (I'm a glutton for punishment as well as good food apparently), I have been treated with disdain, beligerence and downright rudeness. Unless you are part of the glitterati, it's a bit like they are doing you a favour. The food itself is always nice, but not spectacular, but I think it all turns to ashes due to the delivery. If you want to put the glad rags on for a night on the tiles and spend a lot of money, there are other places to do it, where they aren't looking down their noses at you.

Food & Drink: 0.0

Service: 0.0

Atmosphere: 1.0

Value: 0.0

P. S. 30 May 2013

You can get equally good food at the likes of Roka..with much much better service. Some of the staff had terrible attitude. Like is the case with most Japanese restuarants the food comes when ready and everything is not served together. Nobu seem to be stretching this too far. Our second starter arrived 50 minutes after the main was served and AFTER we had finished eating. We had ordered the black cod (which is very good) and lobster with some spicy sauce (chewy and not too good), veggies with garlic and rice for the mains. No rice was served for about 25 minutes after the mains arrived. The mains became cold waiting for the rice. I spoke to 2 very unhelpful waiters and asked them where the rice was as our mains are becoming cold, but nothing was done. We were just told very curtly that it is coming. Finally after asking the third time our waiter got us the rice. No apology for the delay! None at all. All done in a very brusque and rude manner. When we were about to ask for the bill the second starter arrived. When we complained about the delay we were told things are served when cooked – again no apology. When I quizzed about the delay in the rice being served and was that also being cooked during the 25 minutes we were waiting, we were told thats the way the kitchen do things. Maybe the kitchen was at fault but the waiter did nothing to rectify the fault (even after we asked them 3 times!). In fact after our order was taken, the waiter did not come back even once to check if we wanted anything like more drinks or if the food was OK. All in all a terrible dining experience!!! Would not recommend to anyone! The service is the old park lane one is better.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 1.0

OrientalGourmand bronze reviewer 10 May 2013

Food: average, no better than Roka / Zuma etc Interior and atmosphere: ordinary, a bit tired already Service: what is that woman at the reception on the ground floor??? Unintelligent, arrogant, not looking at guests when she is supposed to be talking with them – not so good looking, even. Others were ok. So, if you don't know Japanese food and haven't been to really good restaurants, this is your place.

Food & Drink: 0.0

Service: 0.0

Atmosphere: 1.0

Value: 0.0

Irene P. 21 April 2013

Absolutely horrible service. Been there for my birthday. The service is so bad, they don't even card what would you prefer. They even didn't remember to snake a special desert, although they were asked to do it! Actually after telling them that they forgot a candle, they didn't even say sorry. Just brought a pathetic plate with some cookies and candle.. Nothing else:( absolute rubbish and waste of money. Plus horrible out if date interior but service is just below any level… Never again

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

G-star 08 February 2013

Having tried Nobu Park Lane and enjoyed the lunch experience thought to try dinner at Berkeley St. It was a late table as I booked a little late in the day but figured I was not being served in the peak hour so all should be well. I arrived early at the bar and grabbed pre-dinner drinks… the atmosphere at the bar was great with a mixed crowd and live DJ. Made my way upstairs in time for my table only to be told it was not ready and I should go back to the bar… first mistake. As I did not have a plan B in mind, I waited. Finally at the table we ordered the sushi platter and sashimi platter. An hour and fifteen minutes later we were served. Second mistake. I would advise to order each of these dishes in ten trnaches so they are served as thety are rolled or prepared. The food when it did arrive was fantastic… however, it would have tasted better if I was either prewarned on timing delay or advised at the time of ordering… the only explanation I was offered was that they were busy… at which point I felt like I was another number in a restaurant that needs to churn out diners. I will stick to lunch at Nobu Park Lane.

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