Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Nobu Sushi - Nobu Miami Dining Review

Nobu Restaurant Miami Review
Summary: Delicious, but pricey.

I'm by no means a sushi snob. I'm just as happy eating pre-packaged crunchy shrimp rolls from Whole Foods off my kitchen counter as I am dining on Toru sashimi seated next to Kate Hudson in Malibu. But the latter makes for a better blog post. Plus, it's always fun to seek out the best sushi in town, which has lead over the past year to Nobu in Malibu, The Hump in Santa Monica, and most recently Nobu in Miami Beach.

Nobu is owned by master chef Nobuyuki "Nobu" Matsuhisa and Robert DeNiro. The Miami Beach location is located inside the Shore Club, and is adjacent to the owners' sister restaurant, Ago. The whole package (location, ambiance, people) is way too cool for school. If you're in to paying for chic, then pull out the wallet and get ready to roll!

Here's the tally for Mariana and I:
  • Two pieces of Tuna sashimi
  • One order of Yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno
  • One order of Rock Shrimp tempura with spicy cream sauce
Add a couple of drinks plus the built-in 18% gratuity and the bill tipped the scales at $94. Mariana called it the best meal ever that can't be purchased at Magnolia Grill in Durham (hard to dethrone her favorite). I call it a lot to pay for a small town boy from Saxapahaw who still feels the not-too-distant pain of scrounging around for $2 worth of change to pay for a Wendy's side salad and chicken nuggets. But hey, life has been good and once in a while you've got to treat yourself.

So what's the verdict? Two chopsticks up. Count on me to make stops at Nobu in Las Vegas, London, New York, and wherever else my travels may take me. I'm saving up...

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