The Nobu empire, which spans across the world from cruise ships to a Ryokan in Malibu, has a way of making you travel through its blend of Japanese-Peruvian flavours. Its menu evokes visions of all the exotic locations across five continents where Nobu has called home, alongside its glitzy global superstar founders – Robert De Niro, producer Meir Teper, restauranteur Drew Nieporent and the charming Chef Nobu Matsuhisa himself. Here, Nobu Kuala Lumpur recently announced its tribute to Malaysia’s own unique gastronomy with 14 Flavours by Nobu Omakase in time for Merdeka. Across eight courses and fourteen dishes – the latter to represent the 14 stripes of the Malaysian Jalur Gemilang flag – you will savour Ipoh-born executive chef Phillip Leong’s twist on local delicacies such as Sticky Rice Dumplings to sweet Lotus Seed Soup.
Up atop Petronas Tower Three, on the 56th floor with the entire city spread below, settle in for a delectable evening of gastronomy with this Nobu Omakase experience (RM398++ per person) – a menu which usually starts upwards of RM530. This omakase journey takes you through a sensorial experience of the classic Nobu Moriawase of Kampachi, topped with a rich, buttery karashi-su miso and caviar. Then, the signature Tuna Tataki Jalapeno Dressing paired with a side of fresh diced pineapple salsa and crispy shitake and, the Botan Ebi with Uni, an unctuous mixture of sea and shell with the juicy shrimp combined with the exquisite uni which melts in your mouth.
This is followed by the Chef Sushi Selection, with Head Sushi Chef Chico regaling you with his freshest picks of the day, before refreshing your palate with the Seared Scallop Wasabi Salsa married with a dragonfruit miso. True to the nature of Nobu Kuala Lumpur and its exotic melange of flavours, you may indulge in the tastes of South East Asia with the Chilli Crab served in a spicy sour egg sauce. That edgy fusion of flavours combines chocolate sourced from Alor Gajah with the melting and tender Short Rib with Cacao Truffle Miso. Meamwhile, the Unagi Chimaki is served in a bamboo leaf – recalling sticky rice dumplings. As a finale – the Ryugan (Longan) Kakigori provides a sweet ending with this shaved ice dessert of monk fruit sorbet, persimmon and green kelp doing justice to its inspiration of a sweet lotus seed soup.
To savour the Merdeka special at Nobu Kuala Lumpur: Call +603 2164 5084 or Whatsapp +60193895085