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Nobu in Malibu remains a spectacular seaside venue. We have dined there weekly since they opened a the little mini-mall in Malibu years ago. The move to Larry Ellison's spectacular restaurant venue caught us a bit off guard as the intimacy of the mini-mall location was a real draw. Initially there was little culinary change in the new setting. There was a MAJOR attitude and customer service downturn however. Manager Erica who was always right on top of things seemed to be overwhelmed by the success and massive diner volume of the new venue. Over the last few months she is seldom seen. Instead, receptionists could care less about clients. More important, we have watched prices rise steadily over the past two years to the point where those at nearby tables could be heard complaining. This must have had an impact. With prices as high as they could possible go, instead of further price increases which clearly were impacting things. portion sizes began to decrease. The sushimi salad which used to be loaded with high quality portions enough to feed 4-6 hungry diners was downsized to the point where 2 people do not find the portions adequate. We were charged $3 for a request of extra teriyaka sauce for the dry chicken skewers we were served. The food (and sauces) remain the highest quality. The attitude, prices and small portions are taking their toll. We suggest you be prepared for an excellent, innovative but unreasonably small portioned meal at a huge cost. We are major foodies and do not complain about prices. But there comes a point. The combo of increased prices and smaller and smaller portions each time we go may lead us back into the Santa Monica mountains and to Katsuya which has alays been a close second.
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