The globally renowned restaurant, Nobu, owned by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, marks its fifteenth anniversary in Dubai by relocating to an iconic new space within the crown of the Atlantis resort. The location, which was previously home to The Royal Bridge Suite, has been completely transformed to house a brand-new iteration of Nobu, complete with an updated menu, a lounge and bar, and an expansive terrace offering spectacular views of Palm Island and the Arabian Gulf.
Guests are transported to the new venue of Nobu Dubai via a private elevator from the main lobby, where they are greeted by the traditional Japanese phrase, “irasshaimase,” meaning “welcome to the restaurant,” shouted by the chefs. The evening commences at the sophisticated central Nobu bar and lounge, where diners can partake in an array of pre-dinner cocktails and small bites while being entertained by a resident DJ.
Diners have the option of seating in one of five dining areas, including the main dining room, an exclusive thirteen-seat sushi bar, or in a VIP booth with a front-row view of the bustling kitchen. The new Nobu also feature a beautifully appointed and expansive Palm terrace, equipped with a bar and lounge area, offering stunning view of the Palm Island and the glittering skyline of Dubai from the 22nd floor. For those seeking more privacy, there are six private dining rooms available, each featuring floor-to-ceiling vistas of the Arabian Gulf and accommodating up to two to twelve guests per room.
The menu at Nobu Dubai features a wide variety of dishes, including the black cod miso, which is a signature dish of Chef Nobu and a must-try for any first-time visitor. The sushi and sashimi selection is also exceptional, featuring the freshest and highest-quality seafood sourced from around the world. The restaurant also offers a comprehensive selection of hot and cold appetizers, as well as an extensive list of sake, wine, and signature cocktails to complement each dish.
One of the distinguishing features of Nobu Dubai is its use of South American ingredients, such as Peruvian chili peppers and lime, which add a bold and unexpected twist to traditional Japanese dishes. The ceviche selection is particularly noteworthy, with the yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño and the sea bass tiraditos with truffle and Peruvian chili being the standouts.
For guests seeking an after-dinner experience, they can dance the night away in Nobu’s exclusive late-night lounge, which transitions into Nobu After Hours from 10:30 PM to 2:00 AM every Friday and Saturday. The venue offers an elevated social dining experience with an energetic vibe, featuring a stellar collective of female DJs, dancing, and a late-night menu. Other activities include a daily Nobu business lunch and a Saturday brunch.