burger boy & I have had some amazing Japanese both here in Perth, over east and in Japan so when we heard Nobu was coming to Perth we were pretty excited.
So I thought what better birthday surprise than a dinner at Nobu I tried a bit of a decoy by driving the long way to Burswood…for a split second I did throw him a bit and make him think we were going to the city but that didn’t last long. When we got to Burswood, he knew we were either going to Nobu or Rockpool
Burswood looked amazing! The little water fountain we used to throw our coins into as kids for good luck has been replaced with this gorgeous silver feature wall and new restaurants everywhere…we walked past Modo Mia, Rockpool, the renovated Atrium and cocktail lounge on the way to Nobu.
Nobu was beautifully decked out with a wooden brown theme, with chandeliers on entry and in the restaurant area. There was a bar and lounge area as well as stools by the kitchen for diners wanting something a bit more casual.
We were taken to our seats as soon as we arrived, offered water and asked by our waitress if we had been to Nobu before. When we said it was our first time, she explained to us that Nobu is a family restaurant where meals are shared and their style of Japanese has a South American influence.
There was a good selection of wines, spirits, beers and cocktails to choose from. burger boy chose a Japanese beer, Sapporo…
We had visited the Sapporo brewery in Japan a couple of years ago so it brought back memories!
I had a couple of glasses of the 2010 Cape Schanck Pinot Grigio which was light and refreshing.
Like all Japanese tapas restaurants, Nobu has cold and hot dishes on offer as well as the option to order the Omakase Set Menu for $150 per person.
We love our hot dishes so everything besides the wagyu taco ($10 each) was from the ‘hot’ menu…
The wagyu tacos were nice and left us wanting more but perhaps a tad too small for our liking.
The waitress who served us our tacos was astonished by how quick we ate it, we saw and heard her say “what, already?” when another waitress took our empty plates away 30 seconds later. burger boy and I don’t mess around 😉
Next to arrive were our oyster filos ($15 each)…
In hindsight, we should have ordered the tempura scallops as the filo wasn’t as we had expected and you couldn’t really taste the oyster hidden underneath all the filo.
Then came our kushiyaki & anticucho prawn skewers ($19)…
We loved the size of the prawns – this dish was value for money! It was a smokey BBQ flavour which burger boy loved.
The tabon-yaki tenderloin beef ($32) was served on a sizzling plate…
This was nice but I do like my beef cooked quite well done, I tried cooking it in the sauce but burger boy reckons I just coated it with the sauce and hadn’t cooked at all 😉
We of course had the pork belly miso caramel ($27)…
This was delicious, the pork just melted and the flavours were yum. Again just wished there was more of it!
There was a 20 minute wait between our Pork Belly and our last dish, the teriyaki chicken $32…
Teriyaki chicken is my all time favourite Japanese dish so I’ve got high expectations and am very specific in the way I like this cooked and how Nobu did it and for $32 wasn’t as I liked.
Firstly there was more chicken breast than thigh in the dish…the breast was tender but it just doesn’t soak up the teriyaki flavours as well as the chicken thigh. Secondly, some of the chicken was missing the crispy skin I love.
My fav Japanese restaurant for teriyaki chicken is Jun in the city. The sauce is amazing, skin crispy, the chicken thigh is super tender and you can get a whole set for under $12 – see below:
I still had heaps of room for dessert…I had the ichigo (strawberry) pannacotta with yuzu granita and lychee $15…
The lychee (bottom layer) was nice with the pannacotta but the granita was very sour and the pannacotta was just a tiny bit too thick for my liking.
burger boy had the satandagi (donuts) filled with white chocolate and ginger, coffee ice-cream and raspberry coulis $15…
We should have really asked how strong the ginger flavour was as the one bite I had of the donut wasn’t great. I was pretty quick to get back into my pannacotta 😉 The ice-cream was nice though.
I can’t say I fell in love with the tapas at Nobu but the service was fantastic and the setting was beautiful. It’s great for a special occasion and worth the try but in terms of going back, if I was to spend the same amount of money ($250 for the two of us with a couple of drinks each) I’d try Rockpool next. If you’ve been following my food blog, you’ll know I can’t stand being hungry after a meal and after our last dish I was still a bit hungry…lucky the pannacotta filled me up.
And for those of you who are trying to work out what to wear to Nobu. I wore a strapless dress and burger boy wore a shirt & trousers. There were also lots of guys in jeans and a shirt there too so it’s not completely formal. Thought this might be handy as I couldn’t find the answer via Google when trying to work out what was appropriate attire for Nobu.
All in all, we had a lovely evening at Nobu but the hot dishes didn’t meet our high expectations, it was nice but not amazing. I have heard from other Perth foodies that the cold dishes are amazing though – the raw fish salad is apparently a standout.
Let me know if you’ve been to Nobu and your experience – I’m keen to know if we’re just fussy, it was just their hot dishes that weren’t stand outs or if you’ve thought the same as us.