Nobu Hotel London Shoreditch launches – again
6:46 PM September 20, 2022
6:56 PM September 20, 2022
Nobu has just relaunched its Shoreditch branch after having to close for the pandemic lockdown, almost as soon as it opened.
The hotel was the 50th branch to launch the world-famous brand founded by Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa and Hollywood actor Robert De Niro in 1994.
After years of construction, the 164-room hotel opened in 2020 on Willow Street, a short walk from Old Street station – only to be quickly stopped in its tracks when Covid hit, and has just been relaunched during the summer.
“Let’s take a moment to savor it,” said my daughter, after devouring every bite of a delicate bowl of caviar-topped Toro tartare (£32), before launching into the next plate to share in front of us.
The dining experience here is on a meta level, and we both wanted to savor the lingering, delicious sensation of the caviar bursting alongside the rich fatty tuna mash.
All of Nobu’s biggest hits are on the menu, including his sticky, sweet and sublime black cod miso (£46).
Beautifully presented yellowtail sashimi topped with jalapeño slices (£25) bask in a lime vinaigrette and reflect the restaurant’s Peruvian theme.
As did the crispy shellfish tacos which come with salmon and Wagyu beef, while we opted for lobster (£7.50 for two).
The Japanese Wagyu beef (£62.50 for 75 grams) comes in slices, with three sauces for dipping.
Crispy fried rice cubes (£21.50) are served with a choice of spicy mashed tuna, salmon or amberjack for dipping.
Nobu is definitely not a place for those who want to dine on a budget, but if you opt for the less extravagant options on the menu and avoid the sashimi and Wagyu, it doesn’t have to break the bank.
Six pieces of tuna sushi, the best that have ever passed our lips, costs £11.50.
There’s a nightclub theme, with ambient DJ music around, that blends industrial chic with Japanese simplicity for a night to remember.