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Restaurant Nobu KL

Nobu KL

Restaurant, $$$$, Japanese, Kuala Lumpur City Centre
Luscious views of the city, posh interiors and haute Japanese cuisine meet and greet diners of Nobu, making it one of the most sought-after fine dining restaurants in town.
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  • ReservationYes
  • Private RoomYes
  • Accept Credit CardYes
  • Dress CodeSmart casual
  • Bring Your Own BottleNo
  • BuffetNo
  • Car ValetNo

Review

SETTING

Petronas Tower 3 isn’t the easiest place to find (we always thought it was called Twin Towers for a reason). However, once found (it’s right next to the Mandarin), and past the two elevators and security checks, you are greeted by a zen, minimalist setting, with nothing to focus on save for an amazing panoramic view of the KL skyline. Despite a few large groups, sound damping is excellent, allowing for an intimate conversation even on the busiest of nights. Thoughtfully, the smaller tables are all next to the windows, which make this an ideal location for a special date.

FOOD

First timers would do well with Nobu’s signature omakase course, starring the chef’s personal selection of signature dishes. A starter of toro tartar gets the appetite going, while the follow up of tuna sashimi salad further whets it with its generous servings of perfectly seared tuna.

The black cod with miso is deliciously umami with its lovely thick miso coating an almost too tenderly cooked cod. Balance the miso’s sweetness to your liking with the side of yuzu sauce and young ginger. The Angus beef, while cooked perfectly, is a cut that is leaner than we would have liked, though the accompanying sauces are interesting, particularly the truffle miso sauce.

On top of the omakase, do try the amazing crispy rice skewers with spicy tuna that taste like an Asian version of hash browns, sporting equal amounts of chew and crisp dipped into a creamy mash. Also, the yellowtail sashimi jalapeno is a signature dish across the Nobu franchise for a reason – the tender, fresh morsels are simply divine.

DRINKS

Nobu’s alcohol list is one of the most extensive we’ve seen, and will leave few wanting. With a decent selection of shochus and sakes, Japanese beers, spirits, and a wine list that is clearly categorised first by flavour profile, and then price. The prices of the wines start at less than RM50 for a glass of house pour, and go up to the tens of thousands of ringgit for the rarest of bottles. On top of that, they also have an excellent selection of cocktails, ranging from common standards like Sidecars, to a delicious variety of their own concoctions. While the sake/shochu cocktails are light, refreshing drinks, the martinis are significantly stronger. The ocha chamomile martini is a standout, with a strong flowery impact, followed by an equally strong bite of Tanqueray 10 gin and Cointreau.

SERVICE

Overall, the service is excellent. Waiters have an extensive knowledge of the menu, and are genuinely amicable, without being too formal. Dishes are served with detailed explanations, and the staff’s command of English is uniformly excellent.

PRICE

While Nobu is not known for being cheap, the menu is balanced enough to be deemed affordable. The omakase courses are RM385 and RM435 for the signature and chef’s special respectively, and will give you not just a great experience, but more than fill your tummy in the process.

If you want to experience Nobu on a lower budget, simply order some cocktails (RM38-RM65) and appetisers, and enjoy the view. There is a great selection of affordable appetisers, such as the crispy rice skewers (RM35), edamame (RM9), and miso chips (RM28) that are enjoyable and filling enough.

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