I’ve wanted to go to Nobu for quite a while but the price has always been a bit of a barrier. So I was quick to jump on board the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival’s Express Lunch deal at Nobu to try out the restaurant for a bargain $40 for two courses with a glass of wine.
|Kingfish sashimi at Nobu|
I raced over to Nobu with my friend Eliza in my work lunch break. Melbourne’s Nobu is at Crown Casino and it does have the Crown look about it – think lots of bling. The place is decked out with a whole forest worth of polished wood, a huge bar lined with sake and windows overlooking the Yarra. The dining space is a lot bigger than I expected, split over two levels and it’s also quite casual with no linen tablecloths and not much space between tables.
|Sushi at Nobu|
The look of Nobu may have been a surprise but the quality of the food and service was everything I expected. To start, the sushi of kingfish and salmon was spankingly fresh and presented really beautifully. There was a great kick of serious wasabi underneath every piece of fish. The alternative of sashimi of kingfish was really clean with a topping of chilli giving an almost Thai element to the dish.
|Nori tuna taco at Nobu|
Of the mains the nori tuna taco was a standout. The taco shell was made from nori which had been fried in a light tempura batter and then filled with diced fresh tuna. It was a fun nod to the current Mexican obsession.
|Salmon at Nobu|
The salmon fillet, while not as creative as the tuna taco, was a master class in cooking fish. The salmon cut beautifully with a crisp, fried skin and the fish itself was silky soft and sweet. While Nobu is essentially a high end chain restaurant now, with branches world wide, I still loved my lunch there. Eating at Nobu even for the express lunch was the chance to experience Japanese food cooked with expert skill and using the best quality ingredients.
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Details: Nobu, Crown Casino, 8 Whiteman street, Southbank 3006 (Ph 03 9292 7879) Open: Lunch and dinner daily.
Damage: Reasonable (but usually budget breaking). $40 for two courses with a glass of wine.