We are celebrating two milestone birthdays in May, Dee’s Mum was 70 at the beginning of the month and her sister is 40 at the end of the month. For a little treat we arranged a post-Birthday/pre-Birthday meal this weekend at Nobu London. Nobu seems to be a little out of fashion with Londoners at the moment with them preferring Zuma/Roka or Umu, but it has always been one of our favourite restaurants (not just in London).
As my sister is a vegetarian, she was impressed with the separate menu for her to choose from (she commented it was too much choice). She opted for the Hand Rolls Sushi, served in long shot glasses…
…and Spicy Tofu Steak – creamy tofu with the most amazing spicy sauce (this is a recipe I am hunting for online). She also had the incredibly moreish Lotus Chips – but we ate them before we had a chance to take a photo!
The rest of us shared all the dishes, Tapas-style. Rather than going for the Black Cod in Miso (considered to be Nobu’s signature dish) we thought we would try this version cooked with Ponzu Sauce. Like the Miso version this tempura style is buttery.
The Tuna Sashimi Salad is another signature dish – and a must in my opinion, slices of tuna steak served with a light salad and a Matsuhisa Dressing, the tuna just melts in your mouth.
Rock Shrimp Tempura in a Ponzu Sauce, this is one of Jason’s favourite dishes – he was dreaming about it all week! Big pieces of shrimp in a light batter, with a spicy dipping sauce.
Cubes of Pork Belly served in large mouth sized portions, covered lightly in Miso. Enough Pork on them as sometimes they can be too fatty. Really nice melt in the mouth texture.
Wagyu Beef – Toban Yaki Style, served sizzling, this is another meat dish that doesn’t need chewing. Served as thin slices in a lovely tangy sauce and accompanied with some mushrooms and asparagus that taste lovely basted in the sauce.
Lobster Rolls, little crunchy taco shells served with generous chucks of lobster meat, I only wish these were full sized tacos!
We normally have the Bento Box for dessert at Nobu, but as it was a special occasion we thought we would have a little treat.
Mum opted for the Rice v6.0, a modern take on rice pudding served with rice cake and sake sorbet, I didn’t try it (rice pudding always reminds me of school dinners), but she loved it. My sister had the Fuji Apple Crumble, a twist on the traditional cake serve with toffee peanut ice cream.
I had the Suntory Whisky Cappuccino a coffee creme brulee with milk ice cream and a whisky foam – coffee creme brulee is fast becoming my new favourite dessert. Jason had the Strawberry Cheesecake, individual sized cheesecake served with a crumble and a strawberry sorbet with a strawberry jelly. Everything went really well together with each component complimenting the other as you mixed them together.