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Nobu - a (disappointed) review... (long)

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Nobu - a (disappointed) review... (long)

Rete | Aug 16, 2004 06:12 PM

I hope I don't get crucified for this review, but we went to Nobu and it didn't live to our expectations...
Soooooooo we went to Nobu Wed. night.

We had the omakase (which, according to our waiter, means "from the heart" - I thought it meant "let the chef decide", but oh well), $100pp

1st course was the tuna tartare with caviar on top and wasabi-something sauce. Tuna was VERY delicious, but the sauce was wayyyyyyyyy too spicy for this dish, it overpowered the tuna so very much. Besides, the tuna was "swimming" in the sauce, which made it more difficult if you wanted to avoid the sauce and eat only the tuna. So tuna didn't go with the sauce

2nd course: hamachi/yellowtail with micro-greens and a "signature" sauce. Sushi was very nice and fresh, sauce was very good and tasty, nutty-flavor, but they didn't go well together.

3rd course: white fish. This was very good, although they served a very very very very very tiny portion. I'd be curios to know what kind of fish this is.

4th course: lobster tempura with (one) mushroom (and micro-greens - what's with these people and micro-greens? aren't there more vegetables?). This was a funny course. Have you ever eaten good "patatas bravas" somewhere in Spain? and "Calamares rebozados"? Well, this course just reminded me of this, they just made "lobster rebozada" (can't think of the word in English now, sorry) and added the "patatas bravas" sauce (which is basically mayonnaise with a little bit of Tabasco) on top; and although the lobster was very good and it felt luxurious to eat it, we got the feeling that we were eating a "tapa", a nice one, but that was it.

5th course: black miso cod with foie-gras and pickled onions(?). Soooooooo the famous dish. It was good, but I didn't get the feeling I was eating something exceptional. Cod was good and tender, but it didn't blow my mind (as I hoped it would). I still can't decide if I liked the onions or not, they had such an interesting (and different) taste.

6th course: sushi. It was OK. We have had better sushi at other places. On Friday we had sushi at Ichimura and it was SOOOOOO much better.

7th course: miso soup. It was good and nice.

Bonus: Bento Box Dessert. This was Good with Capital Letters; a Chocolate soufflé with green tea ice-cream, although the chocolate was so strong that it overpowered the taste of the ice-cream and you couldn't feel it at all.

The final conclusions are:

1. Nobu is a place to see and be seen, and maybe eat occasionally (if someone else picks the tab)
2. Some things were VERY good (lobster, some sauces, dessert), but for the price we paid, I don't think we'd come back.
3. Some things just didn't go together, like the yellowtail and the sauce. Both were excellent separately, but when you eat them together, there's no nice contrast or smoothness.
4. Sushi was only OK, that was it.
5. Service wasn't very good, we had to wait more than 15 minutes for the cod and the sushi, while the other courses they almost took the plate away too fast.

6. So food was OK, but, as I said before, we didn't feel we were eating something exceptional. Too bad. I don't think we are coming back.

Any thoughts?

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