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15 Berkeley Street
020 7290 9222
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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15 Berkeley Street
020 7290 9222
Green Park Tube Station 279m
Piccadilly Circus Tube Station 670m
Faraday Museum 158m
Medici Gallery 188m
Mon-Sat 12N-2.30pm (Sat 12.30-3pm)
Mon-Sun 6-11pm (Thurs-Sat -12M Sun -9.45pm)
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Food + drink: 2
My wife and I went there last night on an last-minute decision. What a mistake it was, nothing like my earlier visits over 10 years ago.
The warning signs should have come when we saw in the reception area quite a few badly dressed un-discerning rich-kids (university-age students) waiting.
We chose both tasting menus, the one with the black Cod and the other one with the Wagyu beef. The service was great and quantities made us feel quite full but the flavours were on vacation somewhere else. Both the Wagyu and black cod were completely bland and the sushis, all of them too warm, are better in £10/head places near Leicester square.
Spend your money somewhere else. The place has become a canteen for the un-discerning well-off: steer clear.
Next time we'll research better before spending this kind of money and our fault was to behave like tourists: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinknews/11120946/Nobus-two-London-restaurants-stripped-of-Michelin-star-status.html
Food + drink: 4
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.
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!
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