I was definitely really excited about this review. My lovely friend Mei had a booking for Nobu Perth and organised a girls night out. I wasn’t going to pass up on this invite as I have been waiting to try Nobu Perth and see if it lives up to my experience in Melbourne.
With it having its official opening in March, modern Japanese fusion restaurant Nobu’s global domination has finally made its way to the far outpost of Perth.
Located in the Burwood (which recently has change to Crown) complex it’s a slick, stylishly minimal palace of beauty, from the pale lanterns that form a massive chandelier above a funky bar and/or art installation to the long chocolate coloured banquettes.
Much like the other branches around the world, Nobu Perth has a sushi bar for sushi and sashimi fanatics, a main dining room and a bar area for pre or post dinner drinks.
But forget how fancy it looks, the real deal’s all in the food. Infusing a hint of Latin fire, Nobu is without a doubt one of the world’s best restaurants, with flavours beyond compare and amazing service to boot. Just brace yourself for the bill.
We decided to go with the omakase menu for $150 per person where the chef prepares the dishes for us, that way we didn’t have to worry about what to order.
As we waited for everyone to arrive, we munched on some warm edamame beans with a pinch of salt which are so yummy and morish!
So we started with salmon tartar with wasabi soy and Japanese plum also known as ume. I love the presentation here with each serve is sitting in small bowl over a massive bed of ice. The salmon was finely diced and put into a round mould. It sits in a bowl of wasabi soy sauce and topped with caviar. If you don’t like wasabi, don’t order this dish as it is packed full of punch from it! To finish off with the ume left the palate quite sweet and tangy at the same time.
Our second dish was their signature yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno served with yuzu soy. It was a consistent dish compared with Nobu Melbourne and you pretty much can’t go wrong with this favourite. A pretty and elegant presentation with fresh, thinly sliced yellowtail topped with a small slice of jalapeno which goes so well with acidic yuzu soy.
One of my favourite was the next dish which was sashimi salad with matsuhisa dressing. Beautiful crisp leafy greens, tomatoes, avocado were the bases for the salad served with cooked tiger prawns and a couple slices of tuna sashimi topped with this tangy soy based matsushisa dressing.
For our next dish, it was another of their signature dish black cod miso. Another elegant presentation and consistent flavours compared with my experience in Melbourne. The sweetness of the miso with perfectly cooked soft, flaky cod was pleasurable to eat. I’m not too sure about the pickled ginger for appetite cleanser as I took a big bite of out it.
My least favourite was the next one which was beef toban yaki. Waygu beef slices served sizzling hot in a clay dish where the boiling sauce continued to bubble away after the lid was removed. The meat cooked rare with the outer layers seared through but with the larger inner parts still red. So you pretty much can eat as it is or continue to cook it to your liking. It is also served with caramelised onions, shiitake mushroom, enoki mushrooms, asparagus, and a light but very salty savoury sauce. I think the salty sauce overpowered the dish.
We finished off with a huge serving of sushi! There were tamago, spicy scallop, tuna, snapper and Japanese clam also known as asari. The tamago was amazing! It looks like a sponge, so light and fluffy and just melted in your mouth. Scallops were fresh and rolled into maki. The tuna and snapper were fresh and I even like the asari. And to accompany the sushi, we were all served with a side of clams miso soup.
The girls were pretty excited about the desert which was chocolate molten cake with green tea ice cream. The warm chocolate cake was meant to have a gooey chocolate centre but it didn’t have that. I think they might have not warmed the cake up enough although I must say the green tea ice cream was very smooth. It also didn’t have any green tea bitterness and contained a good level of sweetness that complemented the chocolate cake.
The food is excellently prepared and consistent with my experience in Melbourne. There are some very well-conceived dishes with an unsurprising emphasis on seafood but the menu does contain a healthy selection of meat and vegetarian options as well. The service is generally friendly, helpful, and well trained. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and loved that the girls got to go out and leaving out babies at home to be looked after by our partners. Also, reserve ahead as they do get booked out.
On the whole, 9 for food quality, 9 for atmosphere, 9 for pricing and 9 for service.
Great Eastern Highway
Tel: 9362 7551