Review: Nobu

Located in the Crown Casino complex, Nobu claims to offer up an “innovative” and “unique Japanese dining experience for you”. Well we’ll see as I lay out my thoughts below.

Food: 8/10 [40%]

To me the food at Nobu is rather hit and miss. Don’t get me wrong, the food there is good and some dishes have their stand out qualities but at the same time, I can’t help but feel underwhelmed, whether due to Nobu’s hype or my own spoilt taste buds (or the fact that its expensive but I’ll elaborate later). Dishes we shared on the night:

Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno – Too salty. Great texture but the saltiness dominated the flavours and made it hard to distinguish the jalapenos.

Yellowtail Sashimi*

Yellowtail Sashimi*

Nobu Tacos: Scallop/Wagyu – I really liked my scallop taco, didn’t try the wagyu, had a bit of the meat but I didn’t think much of it. The scallops and the flavours were really well done.

Mixed Seafood Ceviche – Really acidic, It’s on the borderline of being outright sour. I felt like it complimented the seafood well anyway.

New Style Sashimi: Scallop – Same as the Yellowtail Sashimi, too salty. Though this time it had different seasonings which were nice and i liked it but again, dominated by the saltiness.

Black Cod Miso – The texture on this dish is amazing. it melts in your mouth. Unfortunately the flavour isn’t on the same level as the texture. The miso flavours are good but nothing amazing.

Black Cod Miso*

Black Cod Miso*

Auskobe Wagyu: New Style – Same style as the scallop sashimi, in seasonings and flavours. Apart from the fact its a different type of meat, the flavours were the same and as usual, too salty.

Soft Shell Crab Tempura Harumaki – It was… Nice? I can’t really remember. It wasn’t amazing though. Good but nothing special.

Pork Belly Miso Caramel – My parents can make better pork belly texture, given the right pork belly meat. Crackling was actually lackluster, not very crunchy, my parents could do better too. Flavours were good but as usual, nothing special.

Pork Belly*

Pork Belly*

Nobu Cheesecake – I think this was my favourite of the night (apart from the scallop taco). Just took cheesecake to a whole new level, it was really good. Didn’t think cheesecake could get any better but here you have it. The passionfruit sorbet was really good too, great balance of acidity and sweetness, not sour like most passionfruit dishes can be.

Mousse – Apart from the fact my mousse was more like a chocolate sauce, the ginger icecream worked well with the crumble, ‘mousse’ and orange. Not sure what the pumpkin puree was there for, I couldn’t taste it.

Salted Caramel Parfait – It was good and the popcorn was a nice touch but nothing amazing. I preferred my mousse or cheesecake over this dessert.

Overall the food here was good but it rarely took me to that level of amazing that I so crave and desire. I really wanted to be impressed, wowed and have my head explode in a food-gasm but alas it was not to be.

Value: 6/10 [40%]

I’m not going to say rip off, I think that’s too harsh. It is very expensive and for what I paid for ~$95, I was only just barely full. Like I’ve elaborated above, the food flavours are good but not on that level of “oh wow how did they do this” or “I love how all these flavours come together to make something amazing”. I probably would rather go and take the $95 I spent and pay $35 extra to go Restaurant Amuse or go to Nine Fine Food, either have 1.5 Osusume’s or a course of Omakase.

Service: 7/10 [15%]

Nothing special, normal service. The service staff do know their dishes and what is in each one but the fact I always had to ask for water refills kind of bugged me. Normally I wouldn’t be bothered by such a trivial thing but when I’m forking out $95 on the night I expect a little above and beyond. Actually if they just put a bottle of water on the table I wouldn’t have even noticed.

Ambience: 7/10 [5%]

Its nice, has a good view of the pool area at Crown if you’re near the windows. The mood lighting is good but the noise can be a little annoying if you’re near the teppanyaki booth (as we were). Maybe the 7 is a little harsh but this comes back to the price tag that we paid per person.

Overall: 7/10

Deservedly receives a 7/10. My friend agrees with the rating as well. I probably wouldn’t be this nit picky if the price tag was more reasonable but since you’re forking out almost $100 all the little things just start to add up and bother you. I can understand why people rave about this place but on the other hand I think it is over hyped. Frankly you should just take your money to Nine Fine Food or pull out an extra $30/$35 to go Restaurant Amuse. Amuse has everything you want, apart from a cheap price tag but you get your money’s worth don’t worry.

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*Pictures stolen from urbanspoon @ the nobu page: http://www.urbanspoon.com/rph/338/1611957/perth-nobu-perth-restaurant-photos

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