A visit To Nobu. West Hollywood. Los Angeles. USA

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By Michelle Chaplow

After attending the opening of Nobu in Monte Carlo, I was delighted to be invited by chef Nobu Matsuhisa to dine at his restaurant in Los Angeles. The Four Seasons Rolls-Royce took myself and my friend Julia Roman, an old university friend and teacher of culinary studies, in style from our hotel to the restaurant, situated on North La Cienega Boulevard in West Hollywood. Saturday night in Hollywood – Nobu definitely fitted the bill.

Nobu LA opened its doors in spring 2008. Designed by world-renowned architect David Rockwell, the restaurant has three separate dining rooms, each with its own unique character. This place had great style but also a cosy ambience, something that only the best designers can achieve. We were thrilled to have a place at the Chef´s table. This is the heart of Hollywood, film and theatre land, and we had front-row seats. It´s the service that stands out in the States – and believe me, they rolled out the red carpet.

Front Row seats in Nobu, West Hollywood.

Front Row seats in Nobu, West Hollywood.

We started with a Lychee & Elderflower Martini a combination of Krome Vodka, St. Germain Liquor, and lychee, and later moved on to Sake.

Cheers! Lychee and Elderflower Martinis and Sake at Nobu LA.

Cheers! Lychee and Elderflower Martinis and Sake at Nobu LA.

After hearing so much about Nobu´s signature dishes we decided to order them, tantalizing our taste buds with that fusion of Japanese and Latin American cuisine.

Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño
Sashimi Salad with Matsuhisa Dressing
Rock Shrimp Tempura
Black Cod with Miso (Robert De Niro’s favourite)

Signature dishes from Nobu Los Angeles

Signature dishes from Nobu Los Angeles

The lovely light batter of the tempura; a taste of the ocean in the yellowtail sashimi, with a nice little kick from the jalapeño; a really generous sashimi salad, just made for sharing; and the legendary black cod with miso – I have no more to add. We ended this memorable evening with the Bento Box: warm flourless chocolate cake, sesame crunch and green tea ice cream. The whole dining experience was exquisite – I just loved the way the chefs and staff welcomed their guests into the restaurant shouting, “Irashaimase!”- Japanese for “Welcome to my house!”

This is a restaurant with superb staff, attentive chefs and a great Saturday night atmosphere. The decor is contemporary, with cosy fabrics; I loved the peanut style lights above the open plan chefs’ stations. We were told that many photo shoots take place in Nobu – I´m not surprised, as it’s an all-round Hollywood experience and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.

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About Michelle Chaplow

This blog offers tales of world travel by Michelle Chaplow, founder of Hotel Essence Photography. Michelle is a professional travel and luxury hotel photographer with 20 years experience in the field. A blog with a passion for travel, photography, food and hotels - both the luxurious and the quirky.
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3 Responses to A visit To Nobu. West Hollywood. Los Angeles. USA

  1. Andreea says:

    The food looks so delicious! I hope one day I will try out both restaurants 🙂

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