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.
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  1. Genuinely excellent meal. I wasn’t sure what to expect from Nobu; but was very pleasantly surprised.The selection of dishes was wide and I could have had several meals over.

  2. Helen – Yep they had me at “deep fried”

    MeKristopher – Glad to hear you had a good experience there as well.

  3. For $40 that is some good nosh!

  4. What a deal, last time I took Brad there for his birthday I think I shelled out $250! Although you must go back to try the black cod with miso sometime, hefty price tag but so delicious!

    Love the look of the nori tuna taco!

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