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Set on the first floor of InterContinental Hong Kong, Nobu offers stunning views across Victoria Harbour to Hong Kong’s renowned skyline. Unfortunately the restaurant does cram tables into the low-ceilinged space, but focusing on the panoramic views of the city will help to detract from the proximity of neighbouring tables. In true Japanese style, tableware and crockery has been carefully chosen, much of it Nobu’s own designed plateware.
Nobu’s vast menu is comprised of dishes from all areas of Japanese cuisine, from sushi and sashimi to grilled items, kushiyaki and tempura, many adding Nobu's signature Peruvian influences with an abundant use of ingredients more common to South American cuisine. A must-order dish is without a doubt the signature yellowtail jalapeno, thinly sliced yellowtail of supreme quality and freshness served with a balanced dressing of sour and salty flavours that ends with a distinctive kick of spicy jalapeno that nevertheless leaves you wanting more. The rock shrimp tempura with ponzu is another highlight – small shrimp gently fried in a light batter, well-seasoned and paired with the tartly citrus ponzu sauce. Soft-shell crab cut rolls are expertly put together and balanced in the texture of their component parts, while the spicy tuna salad features generous cubes of the freshest tuna in a sesame dressing. The desserts are not to be missed either, the round n round a definite highlight comprised of a light, frozen cheesecake in the round with sweet, tart raspberry found inside, and the recommended chocolate bento box of rich molten chocolate cake that pairs perfectly with a light matcha ice cream.
While an extensive wine list is available at Nobu, wine by the glass starts from a hefty HK$180 and it seems much more fitting to choose instead from the sake menu. Tasting notes help in the decision-making process while staff are also well-versed in their rice wine recommendations.
Efficient and knowledgeable staff are never far away at Nobu and they serve up each plate swiftly yet with adequate introductions and pleasantries. Even the small sake glasses are kept consistently topped up in a show of the staff’s attentiveness.
A hugely satisfying dinner at Nobu with sake comes in around HK$2,600 which is well worth it for a meal of this quality in such a stunning setting in front of Hong Kong’s twinkling skyline.8