Highly Commended Best Japanese 31 Comments
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With 25 restaurants across five continents, celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s influence and fame is well and truly global. It’s no surprise that Dubai is part of the network. Yet the restaurant’s unlikely marriage to Atlantis, with its childishly overdone underwater theme, is altogether less obvious, because there’s an unshakeable clash. Nobu’s dark interior is a genuine marvel, from the delicately patterned ceiling and flower-shaped wood carvings to the giant ‘baskets’ resembling fishing nets. And the food matches the surroundings, each dish a delight to behold and savour. While the menu offers traditional Japanese fare, dining here is about venturing off the beaten path and enjoying the creativity and novelty of the chef’s signature dishes that fuse Japanese with South American flavours so well. The black cod with miso is a well-known standout, but there are plenty more treats. Service is top-notch, the friendly staff putting to rest any fears you may have about such a prestigious venue being snooty. In fact the whole experience would be flawless, but for the overly loud music from 8.30pm.
Open Fri and holidays noon-3am; 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/dubai (04 426 2626).
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