It’s so satisfying and pleasurable to step away from that most elusive of gourmand beasts – the perfect dining experience.
Over the weekend I was fortunate to have one such experience at Nobu restaurant in Perth, where a group of work friends and I had lunch.
It wasn’t only the dishes themselves that made it such a memorable occasion but the wonderfully understated elegance of the entire affair.
The ocean – the source of Japanese cuisine’s fresh and natural flavours – is reflected everywhere throughout the warm-hued interior by subtle conceptual references, from the huge clusters of bubble-like golden baubles on the high ceilings to the partitions of gently swaying metallic sea grass.
Service was friendly and knowledgeable without being at all obtrusive (the waiter assigned to our table seemed almost psychically efficient, appearing whenever needed and then melting away again).
Japanese food is renowned for its refined preparation and presentation, a dedicated art practiced over centuries, and Chef Nobu Matsuhisa offers an innovative menu that embraces contemporary dining whilst clearly revering traditional techniques and dishes.
Every plate delivered to our table was beautifully and delicately constructed, conveying great care and respect to the ingredients.
I’ll leave my photos to tell the rest of the story, as words don’t do it quite justice!
miniature tacos with scallops; hot creamy & spicy crab
pork belly with miso caramel sauce
soft shell crab & sashimi combination
yellowtail sashimi jalapeño; soft shell crab & sashimi combination
salted caramel miso parfait with caramelised popcorn
filo & pecan praline, berry compote, meringue, coconut & lime sorbet, passionfruit mousse
cheesecake with passionfruit sorbet & raspberry sauce