KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Nobu is instantly recognisable for quality Japanese fare, and this shines through in their omakase menus more than anywhere else.
This year’s festive season plays to Nobu’s strengths with exceptional dishes that are unparalleled. Spoiler alert: You’re going to want to get your reservations in now because the steak and lobster are to die for.
Christmas Omakase (22-25 December, 2017)
If you’re looking for a lighter touch this Christmas, Nobu is where you should be headed. The seven-course omakase menu (RM560, USD137.10) boasts some of our favourites, and then more.
It all begins with a four-course platter of various seafood offerings. Our favourite is the Seared Toro with Garlic Miso specifically based on our penchant for good tuna, but the other three are close behind.
The fusion of Octopus with Jalapeño Salsa is a delightfully balanced dish; while the Soft Shell Crab Cut Roll and Salmon Egg with Yuzu Skin will be a hit with those who prefer more traditional flavour profiles.
The dish that truly surprised us was the Scallop Quinoa Salad. Topped with a Yuzu lemon dressing, the citrus pairs beautifully with the delicate scallop morsels, and balances out the nuttiness of the quinoa. We’ve never enjoyed the individual constituents as much as we enjoyed this as a whole.
However, the shining star has to be the Smoked Wagyu with Yuba & Nori Sauce. One bite of this medium-rare A5 Kobe, and your palate will be ruined for any other steak. Even with strong defining flavours such as nori (seaweed), truffle, and pickled beetroot, nothing overpowers the beef.
When they say melt-in-your-mouth, this is where it’s at.
A departure from a traditional Japanese meal would be the addition of dessert, and their Sweet Santa truly delivers.
The refreshing combination of genmaicha Bavarian cream, chocolate raspberry mousse, and coconut granite is a lovely and surprisingly light touch to leave you satisfied.
New Year’s Omakase (29 December, 2017 – 1 January, 2018)
Nobu will also be taking their omakase into the new year with a different seven-course menu (RM595, USD145.67). Of course, being a new year’s menu, you could opt for a glass of champagne to be included with your meal (RM680, USD166.48) as you’re treated to one of the best views in KL to watch the fireworks from.
Your starter platter will include five exquisite morsels of goodness. Toro Tartare (tuna), Uni Kuromame Shooter (sea urchin), Kazunoko Ceviche (herring), Salmon Konbu Tiradito, and Octopus Carpaccio.
Once again, the star of the meal comes in the form of the main. Their Lobster with Shiitake and Quinoa Butter is truly last-meal worthy. It’s the only dish that could have rivaled the A5, but it’s like picking children – you simply can’t!
The buttery, fresh lobster is offset by the nutty and earthy flavours of quinoa and shiitake. Truly masterfully executed, and we genuinely hope it makes its way to the permanent menu.
As far as desserts go, Countdown has our vote between the two. This crème brûlée and vanilla sponge with green tea mousse and azuki bean paste is addictive. Simultaneously refreshing and decadent, this is one you won’t want to share.
So will you be having steak, lobster, or better yet, both? – The Binge
Nobu Kuala Lumpur
Level 56, Menara 3 Petronas
Persiaran KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre
50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +60 3-2164 5084
We were guests at Nobu for the preview of their holiday menus, but that in no way influences the opinions expressed here.