Nobu London, one of the world’s most famous sushi restaurants is located on the first floor of the very chic Metropolitan Hotel on Park Lane. If you’re lucky enough, you may be seated at a table overlooking the Park or may even spot the occasional celebrity.
With its own entrance, the restaurant sports modern minimalist décor, which fits rather well with the eclectic fusion of Japanese and South American cuisine.
As you enter the usually-packed dining room, you are greeted by polite members of staff who escort you to your table with humble Japanese words of welcome. Big-bay windows with electronically operated translucent blinds add to the bright and stylish ambience.
Once seated, service is quick and efficient. The arrangement of the menu centers around lots of small dishes with the main dish being a Nobu special selection. Otherwise, one can go for the ‘Chef’s Choice’ which consists of a set three-course meal starting at around 10,000 rupees. The primarily Japanese cuisine incorporates Latin American influences to create some really mind-blowing combinations, coming together in a tantalizing assortment of colors, flavours and aromas. You eat on plain and simple, yet elegant serving bowls so as not to take away from the stunning visual effect of the arrangement. One can also order sake or cocktails from an extensive wine list providing a collection of wines from all over the globe.
A collection of dishes may include: Salmon Tartar with Caviar, Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno, Tomato Rock Shrimp Ceviche, Lobster with Wasabi Pepper Sauce, Chilean Sea Bass with Moro Miso or my personal favourite the Anti-Cucho (marinated in chilli) Peruvian Style Spicy Salmon Skewer. The list of options is endless and with every visit one can easily try something new and not fret about being disappointed.
Three tips to bear in-mind when visiting the highly-acclaimed establishment:
1. Dress to impress
2. Book in advance
3. Make damn sure to save room for dessert