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It's "still an all-time favourite", but the late 90s origins of Nobu Matsuhisa's first European outing have given it a time-capsule quality. It's a lovely bubble to be in though, with Hyde Park views through full-height windows and calming wood and stone all around. If the pale walls could talk, they might tell eyebrow-raising tales from a livelier past; that duty now falls to the party-hard Berkeley Street outpost. Here, it's clear to see what all the fuss was (and is) about: the fusion style hits umami squarely in the face. You can't go wrong with langoustines and red chilli shiso salsa, sashimi salad with Matsuhisa dressing, fiery Peruvian anticucho skewers and, of course, the emblematic black cod with miso – served on butter lettuce for that contemporary kick of clean-eating satisfaction. However, cocktails, saké and a wine list priced for big budgets will undo all that good work in an instant.

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Nobu London at the COMO Metropolitan London

COMO Metropolitan London, 19 Old Park Lane ,London W1K 1LB

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by   silver reviewer (21)

Apr 2014

So, here we are at Nobu – the original of the Asian fusion restaurants but is it the best ? I would have to say no. The food is still as good as any competitors with yellowtail sashimi with jalapenos and blackened cod a must but the atmosphere seems have fallen off a tad. I have been going there for so many years, perhaps my memory is playing tricks on me but the service seemed a little surly on our last visit which was disappointing. If you have a table overlooking Hyde Park, it helps but if you're...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 6

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by   platinum reviewer (125)

May 2013

It's funny to think with Nobu at the Metropolitan – the original London branch, if I may add – that this is really where the whole pan-Asian dining revolution started. Also I remember conversations about price, and how extremely expensive Nobu on Park Lane was. However, the price point has been consistently pushed higher by all kinds of contenders and I was positively surprised by the overall fairness of the price tag. The classic dishes still perform very strongly. I think it is more timelessly...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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COMO Metropolitan London, 19 Old Park Lane ,London W1K 1LB

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by   platinum reviewer (108)

Jan 2013

While the food offering doesn't really differ from the other nobu outposts, the atmosphere of this place (which was the very first one in London and top of its game at the time) now feels somewhat underwhelming. The food quality is still up there (as is the price tag) but it no longer has the whow-factor it used to have. Nobu berkeley street offers you a bit more of that these days

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 5

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COMO Metropolitan London, 19 Old Park Lane ,London W1K 1LB

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by   (1)

Dec 2012

So much better than the Berkeley Street outpost. Still one of the better modern Japanese offerings in London. The service however was not on par with the food, most waiters were charmless and none of the dishes were explained.

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 6

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by   silver reviewer (27)

Apr 2012

I've been here three times recently (not out of choice – not mine, anyway, after the first time) – once for dinner and twice for lunch. I had great expectations, as I'm sure many people do who visit for the first time. If you too have great expectations, and think you're in for one of the finest Japanese food experiences in the world/ the UK/ London/ that little bit of Mayfair, then please don't go. If you don't care about the food, and you want either an evening spent with raucous 20-somethings...

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 4
  • Value: 3

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by   bronze reviewer (11)

Jul 2011

The very slightly posher version of the sister restaurant on Berkeley Street, this Nobu is slightly more grown up, slightly more ‘civilised’ and as a result can lack a little when it comes to atmosphere. However, if you're taking someone as a treat, this is definitely the Nobu to go to. The same would apply for business diners – the restaurant just feels slightly posher. It's the same Nobu menu nontheless – dishes to try include the gorgeous yellowtail and jalapeno sashimi, the rock shrimp in creamy...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 8

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by   bronze reviewer (7)

Sep 2010

The one in Berkley square has a better athmosphere. The Nobu is one of teh greatest restaurants in teh world, specially if you consider the quality and standards. I went to both in NYC and London, can tell you that I had a great food and service. If you want to make sure is a pefect evening go there.

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 7

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by   gold reviewer (44)

Jun 2010

I was invited to lunch here by a person I've known for some years and who I now regard as a friend and a person whose creativity, optimism and joie de vivre I admire. These are qualities which this branch of Nobu also reflects, I think. First the slight criticisms: the serving staff kept shouting in loud voices something which I thought must have been an institutionalised ralying cry – it was disruptive. Second, although a guest, this place IS expensive even if the high-quality ingredients and the...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 7

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by   silver reviewer (17)

Apr 2010

This is where i discovered Japanese food by my wife, by god it was yummy, but over the years i feel it has got sloppy. Eating there is like being on a conveyor belt, my wife and i ordered a selection of sushi and cooked food and within 30 minutes we where done!! obviuosly they needed the table back. the fact that you can get a table the same day you call tells you other people dont think its that great, call zuma on the same day and they will probably say call back in 3 weeks!! a tad dissaponting.

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 4
  • Value: 5

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by   (2)

Aug 2009

I have eaten at Nobu 5 times in the past 12 months, and am always impressed. The food is cooked to perfection, although with my limited knowledge of Japanese food I found myself guessing to start off with. I'd particularly recommend the Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapenos, the Beef Tenderloin Tataki and the Dover Sole with Red Chili, all are absolutely amazing dishes. Occasionally I find dishes I'm not struck on but they too are prepared and served perfectly, it's just me being fussy. There is a wide...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Price: £79
  • Wine: £35
  • Champagne: £70
  • Lunch: £70/80 (6 courses)
  • Dinner: £85/100 (7 courses)
  • Private Dining: 50

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