Saturday, June 21, 2008

Nobu Waikiki

2233 Helumoa Rd
Waikiki Parc Hotel
Yelp reviews

I finnnnaalllly got to try out Nobu! Having never been to one on the mainland, I got to try Nobu Waikiki (at the Waikiki Parc Hotel) when a friend was visiting from the mainland and celebrating his recent engagement. This is Nobu's 20th restaurant, and it opened just over a year ago, in May 2007. Like the Honolulu magazine review I was also surprised by how casual the restaurant was. Yes, there will be 3 or 4 staff attentively serving your table at all times, but their attitudes, the decor, and the other diners make Nobu feel like a relaxed, casual dining experience.

We ordered a bunch of Nobu classics...all the dishes were very large portions and meant to be shared family style:

Hamachi sashimi in ponzu dressing with jalapeno slices

Sashimi salad

Rockfish shrimp tempura (didn't like this one, too mushy and saucy)

Wagyu beef flambe with mushroom medley and baby bok choy

Black cod with miso (so buttery) in lettuce wraps (this was awesome!)

Sashimi (toro, hamachi belly, king salmon) and a house roll

While it was a pretty phenomenal meal and a very fun evening, I don't know if I could justify going back any time soon unless it was a very special occasion. I would be inclined to go try the omakase at Sushi Sasabune first...

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