NOBU InterContinental Hong Kong: New-style Japanese
2F, Intercontinental, 18 Salisbury Road, Kowloon +852 2313 2323
Daily 12 - 2:30pm, 6 -12am
At NOBU InterContinental Hong Kong, celebrity chef Nobuyuki "Nobu" Matsuhisa seems determined to give us sensory overload.
It's easy to become overwhelmed, first by the stunning harborview, then by the striking flavor combinations of NOBU's "new-style Japanese" dishes. Diners can mellow-out their feverishly heightened senses by running their hands over the black river stones by the bar and feel its sensuous chill.
Choice starters include tatami iwashi (deep fried sardines), edamame, as well as shishito peppers. Yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño peppers demonstrates the exceptional quality of the fish as well as the chef’s unique take on Japanese cuisine.
Wait staff are perfectly attentive, but not in that annoying in your face manner, and happy to explain again what it is you ordered.
From an extensive menu that includes a list of sushi, sashimi and sushi rolls, we loved the tuna, fluke, scallop, and king crab. As for mains, salmon with wasabi pepper sauce is suitably rich, but don’t expect any kick from the wasabi. Avoid the tempura, unless you like it heavily battered and perhaps a bit too rubbery.
Nobu's signature black cod dish remains a standout, and was this table's favorite.
Smooth it all out with a tall, cold, bamboo flask of sake.
And ask for the green tea cake if you're feeling particularly indulgent at NOBU.