Crown Melbourne, 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank
03 9292 5777
There are few restaurants with a name alone that evokes indulgence, sophistication and world-class cuisine. Among such company is Nobu, the world’s most recognised Japanese restaurant. Luckily for Melburnians, there happens to be a Nobu in the heart of the city.
The culinary genius behind one of the world’s most renowned restaurant chains is Nobuyuki Matsuhisa – known to the world simply as Nobu. While today his venues, Nobu and Matsuhisa, span across five continents, the chef started his culinary journey as an apprentice at a well respected sushi bar in Tokyo.
It wasn’t long before Nobu took his classically trained sushi skills to Peru, where he was influenced and inspired by the culture and regional ingredients. After three years he headed to Argentina, then home to Japan, followed by Alaska and finally to Los Angeles. It was there that Nobu opened his first restaurant, Matsuhisa. With the restaurant’s Beverley Hills location and quality fare, it was an instant hit.
Matsuhisa’s world-class cuisine was the catalyst for a fast friendship with Robert De Niro, who persuaded the now-famous Japanese chef to head to New York to open the world’s first Nobu with him. In 2007, Nobu’s innovative ‘new style’ Japanese cuisine arrived in Australia.
Upon your arrival, step into the reception and bar where the hostess will greet you and escort you to your table. Waitstaff welcome you with an enthusiastic ‘irasshaimase’ (welcome) as you arrive in the dining room.
Local offerings like Tasmanian green lip abalone with wasabi pepper sauce sit alongside Nobu’s signature dishes such as yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno, tiradito Nobu-style and black cod miso. For lunch there are bento boxes – but not as you know them. Nobu’s signature bento contains a chef’s selection of assorted sushi, sashimi salad with Matsuhisa dressing, seafood ceviche, black cod miso, baby tiger prawns and sauteed seasonal vegetables, along with traditional rice and miso soup.
Consider yourself a sushi expert? Choose a selection of specialty sushi cut rolls, where you’ll find options like lemon-cured Tasmanian salmon halo sushi served with jalapeno salsa, and the rainbow roll, including silver fish, salmon, tuna and whitefish. Pair these with scallop sashimi and snow crab sushi for a flavour exploration.
One of the world’s best restaurants deserves some of the world’s best steaks, so David Blackmore provides full-blooded Wagyu beef with 9+ marbling. Your choices go well beyond simply selecting between medium and rare – cooking styles include tataki, hot salt stone and sukiyaki Nobu-style.
Despite the focus on high quality seafood and premium beef, it would be a mistake not to save room for dessert. Nobu’s signature chocolate fondant is made with Cacao Barry’s finest dark chocolate and baked to order. The whisky cappuccino may sound like a tempting beverage, but it’s a full dessert with coffee creme brulee, chopped espresso bean crumble and milk ice cream topped with Suntory whisky foam.
When it comes to exceptional Japanese fare, Melburnians are a lucky bunch – one of the leading restaurants of the cuisine is sitting on their doorstep.