Nobu

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  • Nobu High Brunch (Friday)

    A brunch bursting with Nobu specialities, as well as a varied selection of beverages. Dhs360 (soft drinks), Dh540 (bubbly), Dhs210 (children aged four to 11).
    Timings: Noon-3pm

Rightly known for all its fine-dining fanciness – and associated price tag – there’s actually more than one way to fillet Nobu.

Yes, you can still take someone you either want to impress or actually just like a lot, weave your way through the whale-like entrance (squint a bit and it all gets a little Pinocchio) and be thrilled by the top-end seafood extravaganza. Or you can, as we did on our most recent visit, prop yourself up on your own at the sushi counter.

There are pluses and minuses to this approach. On the one hand, you may look like a loner. On the other, at least you’ll look like one with exquisite taste. And the famous cry from the staff of “irasshaimase!” that greets every diner can get a bit much when it’s screamed repeatedly in your face.

When the food is so endlessly moreish, though – try the yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño and the quinoa and lobster ceviche – you’ll find yourself able to cope. Even if, because you’re a macho idiot, you wind up in an unspoken tempura bell pepper face-off with the diner next to you, neither backing down no matter how much it hurts.

For the record, we won. Also for the record, Nobu still rocks.
Open Sat-Wed 7pm-11.30pm, Thu-Fri 7pm-12.30am, Fri noon-3pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0760).

The bottom
line Still one of the top Japanese spots in town. Nobu
5 1

By Time Out Dubai staff | 20 October 2015

Location: - Palm Jumeirah
Tel: 04 426 2626
Travel: Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah
Cuisine: Japanese
Dresscode: Smart Casual
Experiences: Alcohol available, Outdoor seating, Romantic, Brunch served
Times: Open daily 7pm-11.30pm
Price range: Dhs500+
Credit Cards Accepted: No
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  • Jean Oct 10, 2014 04:09 pm
    Would you go back to this restaurant?
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    Nobu brunch Was till years my favorite spot. Before today.
    Now the new menu is here and its a pure joke.
    - all good plates disapeared from the menu
    - they stopped to serve food in the nice dishes
    - service is damn crap, before nice presentation/ explanation Now they bring plates directly and In The wrong nobu order with some Time two dish together
    - no more unlimited food, all additional plate is to be paid, before IT was unlimited of every plate in the gastronomy menu

    Food is Now basic. And it never ever value the 1200 aed You pay for it.

    I Will never ever Again go to nobu brunch, i loved IT for years Now i hate This place strongly. Food is basic. Dont go
  • Rashid Mar 24, 2013 08:44 am
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    I dine in Nobu quiet often. I am lucky enough to not have a price restrain when I do. So that is to say I have tasted alot of the items on their menu and even lucky enough to once have a steak with a marble score of A9. For me the most important aspect to a resturant is consistancy. Nobu does not have that. Proof look at the reviews here on Time out they went from AMAZING to never going again but i will try to give a neutral opinion.

    The signature dishes are a must, if it is your first time visit.
    - Black Cod Miso
    - Lemon grass rock shrimp
    - I enjoy the been carpacio sooooo much.

    Dessert- The mochi and cheese cake is off this earth

    If you feel like you would like to spend then Many choices of Wagyu beef are available, how ever just ask your waiter/ress about the wagyu dish cooked on a leaf. They will know and you could have that.

    As for Sushi, I would recommend you stay clear of it here. you can invest in other dishes and enjoy much more. If you are looking for Sushi , A certain palindrome resturant is your go to place.

    I could go into the taste of the food and the different flavors but I do want you to discover that your self.

    Now I come to the main point. Consistancy. I dine there alot and most of the times i order repetitive dishes. They are just not the same. It is sad to say resturant sometimes comprimises on the quality of food with the amount of people. I mean if you cannot handle the traffic then reduce how much you take on.

    I see many comments about service, I do agree the ladies at the door are a tiny bit snobish, especially if you have no reservation and even if you do and they are tightly packed you get a really bad spot. kinda turns into a seating spree at PF changs on a public holiday friday.

    I have never had an issue with service inside. Was lucky enough to always have pleasent waiters/resses. very nice well spoken. I tip them extremly well because they do a good job.

    Pricing, well it is expensive. you can opt for the tasters menu it a good choice if you want to taste everything and not end up taking a loan to pay your bill.

    Overall in Dubai, resturants always comprimise on Value when they get packed which is dissappointing to be honest. I am embarking on a journey soon to taste the 101 best dishes in dubai that Time out listed and going to have a blog set up. Will review Nobu once i get to it.

    Overall try pick a not so heavy weekend and a slightly earlier time for dinner and I do believe you will have a great experience at Nobu. The food is great and if you are a food addict like me, This is a must try.
  • Rashid Mar 24, 2013 08:43 am
    Would you go back to this restaurant?
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    Service
    Food
    Ambience
    Value
    I dine in Nobu quiet often. I am lucky enough to not have a price restrain when I do. So that is to say I have tasted alot of the items on their menu and even lucky enough to once have a steak with a marble score of A9. For me the most important aspect to a resturant is consistancy. Nobu does not have that. Proof look at the reviews here on Time out they went from AMAZING to never going again but i will try to give a neutral opinion.

    The signature dishes are a must, if it is your first time visit.
    - Black Cod Miso
    - Lemon grass rock shrimp
    - I enjoy the been carpacio sooooo much.

    Dessert- The mochi and cheese cake is off this earth

    If you feel like you would like to spend then Many choices of Wagyu beef are available, how ever just ask your waiter/ress about the wagyu dish cooked on a leaf. They will know and you could have that.

    As for Sushi, I would recommend you stay clear of it here. you can invest in other dishes and enjoy much more. If you are looking for Sushi , A certain palindrome resturant is your go to place.

    I could go into the taste of the food and the different flavors but I do want you to discover that your self.

    Now I come to the main point. Consistancy. I dine there alot and most of the times i order repetitive dishes. They are just not the same. It is sad to say resturant sometimes comprimises on the quality of food with the amount of people. I mean if you cannot handle the traffic then reduce how much you take on.

    I see many comments about service, I do agree the ladies at the door are a tiny bit snobish, especially if you have no reservation and even if you do and they are tightly packed you get a really bad spot. kinda turns into a seating spree at PF changs on a public holiday friday.

    I have never had an issue with service inside. Was lucky enough to always have pleasent waiters/resses. very nice well spoken. I tip them extremly well because they do a good job.

    Pricing, well it is expensive. you can opt for the tasters menu it a good choice if you want to taste everything and not end up taking a loan to pay your bill.

    Overall in Dubai, resturants always comprimise on Value when they get packed which is dissappointing to be honest. I am embarking on a journey soon to taste the 101 best dishes in dubai that Time out listed and going to have a blog set up. Will review Nobu once i get to it.

    Overall try pick a not so heavy weekend and a slightly earlier time for dinner and I do believe you will have a great experience at Nobu. The food is great and if you are a food addict like me, This is a must try.
  • Me Jan 05, 2013 08:51 am
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    1) Waited 30 minutes for seating although booked in advance.

    2) Took them 20 minutes to bring our bottle of wine that we ordered while waiting in the lounge to the outdoor seating.

    3) Sushi did not taste good.

    4) Main course "creamy sause" is creamy mayo.

    5) Service is very slow, food is okay, a bit overrated, did not find it expensive at all, as any other rest. in hotel.

    6) Seating inside remind me of PF Changs, too close to each other.
  • Gwen Wylie Aug 04, 2012 05:50 am
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    I have heard a lot about this place. My husband and I went along to get a comparison to the many excellent Japanese restaurants we have dined in globally.

    The food is definately overpriced to affort the excessive staff in the restaurant. When approach the restaurant, we were faced with 5 maitre'd who all asked questions at the same time!!!

    Food quality is superb. However, most of the dishes tasted acidic. I like it on the salad but not also on the hot dishes. I like the concept of the Taster menu. However, its just too much to eat for one person. Perhaps reduced the quantity or courses and offer a more affordable price would be more attractive for any return customers. The choice of sharing the 650 taste menu was not offered to us.

    Staff were friendly enough but we felt overwhelmed with them always around us or serving the next table which is just less than a foot away!! Not a place to close a business deal for lack of a little bit of privacy. The furniture is of disappointing design, its one that should be used in a cafe. The bench type sofa and the chair were not comfortable.

    Won't be rushing back to dine again.

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