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Posted by Anonymous on 02/20/2010
Great drinks and excellent ceviche. The reason it gets only 2 stars for food - the sashimi menu says 'Fresh Samon', however we were served pieces of lox. Do the chefs think that it's patrons can't tell the difference? I'd expect that a restuarant of this calibre to be able to procure and serve only the highest quality products. Or our waiter to have told us (he was wonderful otherwise). I have no plans to go back. I can get equally good and fresh sashimi elsewhere.
Posted by anonymous on 03/22/2009
I've probably eaten at Nobu or Nobu Next Door about 50 times. The quality was always wonderful but I went the other day and it has fallen off the charts. My friend had sushi which didn't taste or smell fresh. I had the restaurant week special (which they've continued even after restaurant week ended). The yellowtail tartar appetizer was one bite. The entree miso cod was half the size of the normal entree. I was still starving after my meal. The special came with the bento box dessert but when the bill came, they accidentally charged me for the dessert. Of course once I brought it to their attention, they corrected the error. Also to note, the bathrooms were not clean.
Posted by tribecalocal on 05/04/2008
The not so secret secret about Nobu is that the sushi is average. Ok, so steer clear of that and you'll be fine. Nobu d the signature dishes - rock shrimp with creamy sauce, black cod with miso that everybody else has copied, and the originals are still the best. The salads are also quite good, in particular the soft shell crab salad. On point. But if you've eaten at the better sushi places in town (Kanoyama springs to mind), then you won't get much for your money in the sushi/sashimi department. It's serviceable, but at these prices, not worth it unless your cravings are unstoppable. And you know, sometimes they are...
Posted by HolyRomanOne on 05/20/2007
I'm a huge fan of raw fish. I could literally eat sushi everyday. I went to Nobu Next Door tonight and was really disappointed. FIrst off, the service was mediocre at best. Certainly sub-par for a restaurant that wants to play on this level. We were seated quickly, but, long wait to take order, be served, and to get the check. The atmosphere was nice, but, not as nice as Nobu. We had originally planned on going there but found ourselves a bit underdressed once we arrived so chose next door instead. As for the food...The Miso soup is very good for what it is, the tofu was like butter. We followed that with ceviche Nobu style and found that to be very good as well. After that, scallop skewers with spicy sauce were probably my favorite part of the meal. Once the entree arrived it all went down hill. We had a la carte sashimi, 10 pieces each. While the freshness and quality of the fish was great, the size of the pieces were significantly small for the well above average prices. Certainly, when paying $13 for a piece of otoro, one should be eating a piece of fish large enough to savor its succulence. Not a single piece was larger than 1/8 of an inch thick. This is not an exageration, all were so thin that they were translucent. I felt like I was eating an appetizer portion. The bill, not including drinks, $205.80 including tax and tip for two people. So, less than half what I spent eating Nobu a couple of years ago, but, I still left with same empty feeling inside. Literally as well as figuratively. All in all, I have to say that if you plan to go to either Nobu, save it for the expense account.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/28/2006
Don't get me wrong -- Next Door Nobu is an outstanding restaurant: delicious food, good atmosphere and decent service. However, I was expecting a bit more from the food. Maybe it's just all my friends had talked this place up too much, and I was expecting something utterly heavenly, but I walked in prepared to be blown away. But it never happened. We ordered 8 different plates for a table of 6: lobster with wasabi sauce and the ocean crabs were fantastic and lived up to my expectations; the other 6 dishes were good, but not that amazing. Especially, the rock shrimp, which I didn'd find any better than any shrimp at any decent asian restaurant. But again, this is a very impressive place with great food -- just don't go in expecting TOO much.
Posted by MrsBoughton on 04/26/2006
We enjoyed the Tasting Menu -delightful! The atmosphere here was absolutely electric and full of happy, animated clientele, which like laughter is contagious. We hope to return here again and again.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/11/2005
We went for an industry dinner. There were many celebrities there.. and the food was delicious, i highly recommend this restaurant!