Nobu London at the COMO Metropolitan London

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

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020 7447 4747

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SquareMeal Review of Nobu London at the COMO Metropolitan London

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"VERY GOOD"

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.

Nobu London at the COMO Metropolitan London Location

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

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020 7447 4747

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Opening times

Mon-Fri 12N–2.30pm 6-10.30pm (Thurs-Fri -11pm) Sat-Sun 12.30–2.30pm 6-11pm (Sun -10pm)

Nobu London at the COMO Metropolitan London's Reviews

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Food & Drink: 8.3

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Service: 7.3

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Atmosphere: 6.7

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Value: 6.1

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Food + drink: 4

Service: 2

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 3

Silver Reviewer
21 April 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 in the middle of the restaurant, then you could be, well, in the middle of any restaurant. I still prefer it to Nobu Berkeley though where I am afraid too many diners go just to be seen, which isn't my modus operandi for eating out. I'd say try Nobu, Zuma and Roka and decide for yourself as they are all very good.

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Food + drink: 4

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 4

Platinum Reviewer
02 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 stylish than its over-the-top sibling a few streets accross too!

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Food + drink: 4

Service: 3

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 2

Platinum Reviewer
28 January 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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