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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.
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!
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
10 December 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.
17 April 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 and 60-something hedge-fund guys with their 30-something secretaries/ nieces/ god-daughters, or a quiet lunch surrounded by disappointed tourists (especially the Japanese ones), then do go.
The food is not bad, but it's not great. The sushi is average. The service is pretty good. The atmosphere is either too much or too little, depending on timing, and it's very canteen-ish. It needs ripping down and starting again.
Go here if you're craving Japanese food and you don't have time to go anywhere else. But Zuma is just down the road (not a recommendation) and Roka isn't far (a recommendation).
PS don't go if you're really hungry
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