Nobu Melbourne

The Nobu brand is famous all around the world, and the Melbourne iteration stands out as one of its finest.
Gary Brun
October 01, 2023

Overview

From esteemed chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Nobu at Crown in Melbourne brings his esteemed fusion of traditional Japanese food with South American flavours to the city. The Nobu brand is famous all around the world, with restaurants on nearly every continent, and the Melbourne iteration stands out as one of its finest.

The interior is sleek and luxurious, with deep red tones, burnished woods and traditional Japanese touches tastefully scattered throughout. The large waterfront windows give exquisite river views, which complement the creative and aesthetically pleasing dishes you'll be presented with. And if you want to escape more, head down to the basement dining room and omakase bar.

Nobu is open for lunch and dinner, with slightly different menus for each seating. It also has an a la carte menu or an omakase menu, depending on how you want to eat. The a la carte menu begins with cold offerings such as salmon tartare with caviar, oysters with Nobu sauce, lobster salad with spicy lemon dressing and classic Peruvian seafood ceviche.

Meanwhile, hot classics include scallops with spicy garlic pepper, creamy spicy crab, baby tiger prawns and a Peruvian-style Black Opal 500gm wagyu rib-eye. Continuing the Latin American theme, there are tacos, too, with options including spicy tuna, vegetable miso and wagyu beef. Elsewhere, you'll find snacks such as edamame and chicken wings, as well as plenty of tempura, nigiri and sashimi to excite your appetite.

The omakase experience at Nobu Melbourne, where you leave it up to the chef to decide your multi-course menu, has two options: the signature seven-course or the Melbourne seven-course, which is unique to this restaurant. The signature includes salmon tartare with caviar, southern rock lobster with spinach salad and black cod miso, among other dishes. The Melbourne option features spanner crab and salmon ikura, beef tenderloin shiitake truffle crust and a chef's sushi selection.

When it comes to drinks, Nobu has a huge wine list, which a helpful sommelier will guide you through, as well as plenty of different sakes to compliment your meal.

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