Dubbed the world’s sexiest restaurant, EW couldn’t wait to see if Nobu Dubai lived up to the reputation of its famed sister restaurants around the globe.
On entering Nobu, chefs and waiters greeted with us with a chorus of “irrashaimase” (meaning “welcome” in Japanese). Along with the tables bulging with guests and flames bursting from the hot plates dotted around the room – we knew we were in for an entertaining night.
Where do we start? No seriously. Within seconds of sitting at our booth, salted edamame beans were placed in front of us, along with tapas-style dishes for the table to share. Favourites included, the Yellowtail Sashimi with jalapeno – this seriously had out taste buds interested and Crispy Rice with Spicy tuna.
Gopi – our waiter in the know, revealed that Chef Nobu had been in town three weeks prior, giving us the chance to sample one of his most recent creations – Australian Waygu Ribeye Anticucho
As expected, our highlight was Nobu’s signature dish, the melt-in-the-mouth Black Cod. All politeness went out of the window and it was chopsticks at dawn when this dish landed at our booth.
For the sweet tooth out there, there’s firm competition between the Nobu Cheesecake,vanilla in flavour but soufflé in texture and the Mochi, ice-cream encased in a sweet rice cake (pounded sticky rice).
We were advised and will pass on the wise words, allow the waiting staff to question your taste preferences and let them chose suitable dishes to suit your palette. The less fussy you are, the better the array of food.
Much sexier than the London outlet that EW have frequented in the past,Nobu fits in perfectly with the overwhelming extravagance of the Atlantis on the Palm. We enjoyed the floor to ceiling installations as we did the encased eating area, offering us a more intimate experience; something that is often lost in open canteen style eateries.
This deliciously cool restaurant could easily rival hot-spot Zuma, situated on the other end town. Without getting into a food fare debate, we decide it’s all about PO Box, rather than determining which Japanese-style eatery is better than the other.
A buzzy night out with the gals – the tapas style sharing is the perfect pairing for fun catch- ups and cocktails.
Nobu is notoriously known for being a global high-end hangout for the rich and famous, so embrace the glamour and wear your best.
In true EW girl style, Style Editor Jade went all out, donning a sequin coated top from French Connection, teamed with panel trousers, oversized clutch bag and caged stiletto sandals.
Nobu, Atlantis, the Palm, found on the Avenues.
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