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Nobu, Atlantis The Palm
Highly Commended for Best Japanese
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There’s no denying the sense of occasion that accompanies a meal at Nobu, celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s chain of Japanese fusion restaurants that started in New York in 1994 and today stretches across five continents. If you’ve not heard of Nobu, don’t admit it – so great is the prestige and acclaim attached to the name. Just entering the sophisticated work of interior design art that is the Dubai venue – somewhat incompatibly located in Atlantis – is an event, staff announcing your arrival with cries of ‘irasshaimase’ and alerting fellow diners to your presence. You’ll either love or resent the attention, although we suspect most Nobu diners rather like it. The menu is impressive, ranging from small, delicate tasters to more substantial dishes, and while traditional Japanese cuisine does feature, dining at Nobu is about savouring the chef’s creativity, experimentation and seemingly unlikely yet successful fusion of Japanese and South American flavours. Everyone will have their favourite Nobu dishes, but what truly stands out is the sense of journey, anticipation building as one exquisite dish after another is presented by the highly trained staff. Make no mistake, though; all this excitement comes at an extremely high price.
Open Fri and holidays noon-3pm; Sat-Wed 7pm-11.30pm; Thu, Fri and holidays 7pm-12.30am. Bar open daily 6pm-1am. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.noburestaurants.com (04 426 0760).


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