Located in the heart of trendy East London, Nobu Hotel Shoreditch offers guest rooms and suites designed with a minimalist Japanese aesthetic. The hotel also features a Nobu restaurant serving the brand’s signature Japanese-Peruvian fusion cuisine.
Nobu is arguably one of the most well-known restaurant brands and has a highly revered reputation in the world of international cuisine. It began when chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa opened his first Beverly Hills restaurant in 1987, and it quickly became a hit among Hollywood’s A-listers.
Chef Nobu partnered with actor Robert De Niro and producer Meir Teper to open the first Nobu restaurant in New York City. In 2017, Nobu Hotel London Shoreditch opened, marking the brand’s first foray into the UK market.
You’ll be able to find all the Nobu classics on the Shoreditch menu, including the Black Cod Den Miso (£52) and the famous Yellowtail Sashimi with thinly sliced Jalapeno (£29).
Known for fresh quality ingredients, Executive Chef Sandi Richmond says her team sources ingredients daily from many different suppliers to maintain Nobu’s high standards.
She adds: “Our fish is sourced from True World [premium Japanese seafood importer] and is caught fresh on the day and of the best seasonal quality.”
But at a more affordable price entry point, I tried the new mid-week Bento Box (£50). It features a specially curated selection of Nobu classics, including the famous Rock Shrimp Creamy Spicy, Black Cod, Spicy Vegetable Donburi, a light and zesty Sashimi Salad and a selection of Nobu’s famous Sushi.
Chef Sandy says: “The concept behind the Bento Box centres around smaller bites of Nobu classic dishes.”
“At Nobu Hotel London Shoreditch, we don’t open for lunch, so we’ve implemented it for early dinner, which is perfect for the surrounding city workers.”
It comes with a complimentary glass of red or white wine alongside an impressive amount of fresh food. It was so generous that it came stacked in two containers, so you eat the hot food on one tray before the cold food on another, just like in Japanese tradition.
The food was hype-worthy, and easy to see why this brand has such far-reaching success. The Rock Shrimp Creamy Spicy had the perfect balance of spice and creaminess and was dusted with freshly chopped chives.
The Black Cod Den Miso was also excellent, with tender, flaky fish that melts in the mouth. And don’t even get me started on the Sashimi Salad; I could eat that tangy, zesty dressing by the jar.
Chef Sandy added: “We have three different Bentos across the Nobu portfolio. Our Classic Bento combines everyone’s favourite dishes – from the Black Cod to the Crispy Shrimp Creamy Spicy. It’s a classic, so it will always be popular.”
Each bite offers a taste of the renowned Nobu luxury, with each morsel lovingly made and hand-crafted in Nobu Restaurant Shoreditch’s open kitchen.
The restaurant boasts an impressive lounge-style bar called NAMI, featuring animated street art and a tempting array of cocktails and mocktails, Japanese beer, Nihonshu sake and whiskey, and quality wines and spirits.
Chef Sandy says of the unique Shoreditch outpost: “It’s this character that we’ve channelled through the hotel, with pops of graffiti-style art, East London-inspired dishes and the creative mentality of the team. We love to think outside of the box and push the boundaries here.”
With its stunning design, world-class cuisine, and luxurious amenities, it’s no wonder that Nobu Hotel Shoreditch has quickly become a favourite among London’s trendsetters and foodies alike.
The reasonably-priced Bento Box is available to book Monday to Wednesday from 6 pm to 9 pm for up to six people, making it the perfect option for a night out with friends or a romantic date night.