Nobu holds the mantle for London’s sexiest hotel, with the restaurant taking centre stage. Head chef Nobu Matshuisa leads the kitchen with everyone’s favourite miso black-cod making an appearance alongside a selection of theatrical Japanese plates on an open sushi counter. The evening atmosphere is funky London-meets-Tokyo with Japanese arts and crafts referenced throughout. Not only is an evening here perfect for people watching, it’s just a hop, skip and a jump to London’s West End.
Nobu Portman Square
Designed by the award-winning David Collins Studio, the elegant dining space spans across two unique floors; the lower with an impressive bar with a dramatic palette of indigo blues and timber screened walls, with Japanese design references, such as rivet details based on traditional Japanese temple doors serving wine, Champagne and cocktails. Upstairs, Nobu Portman Square has the personality you would hope for as the restaurant is a temple of celebratory indulgence where style does not precede substance. Enter a Japanese-inspired space of simplicity with an elevated dash of sophistication past an eight-seater Sushi Counter bar – super romantic if you’re trying Nobu’s famous Omakase multi-course tasting menu.
At first glance the menu is full of the top-notch seafood for which Nobu is known. Kick off with a glass of order either sake or Veuve Clicquot Rosé to go with your plates. Flavours are brought to life with complex dishes including Lobster Tempura, Creamy Lemon & Red Jalapeño; Chilean Sea Bass & Wasabi Lime Miso; and Crispy Pork Belly with Apple Wasabi Salsa. Nobu’s famous Omakase multi-course tasting menu is also a show-stopper where each ingredient is the star of its own show. The romantic tables are dressed simply with candles and Latin American ceramics, executed with Japanese precision and finesse combined with Latin flair.
Service is exemplary throughout with attentive, but never overbearing staff, catering to your every need and making you feel very much at home. A very well oiled knowledgeable brigade of staff impart advice about everything from traceability to their very own recommendations if they sense any indecision.
To book go to: london-portman.nobuhotels.com/
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