Monday, June 22, 2020

Dinner at Nobu Kuala Lumpur

After reading the Nobu book, of course I was all fired up to visit the restaurant and extoll everything I learned in the book to my dinner date. Good thing it was Father's Day yesterday!

Dinner at Nobu Kuala Lumpur

The Sunday started out very low-key with me making poached eggs on salmon toast for the Man of the Hour before watching the last episode of King the Eternal Monarch and then spending way too long getting ready that we were late for our dinner reservation at Nobu...

fathers day craft

After all, I had to spend as much time as I could with the kids before making my evening getaway, so I made medallions with one kid (Jubilee insisted that mommy also had one even though we were supposed to only make one for Father's Day) ...



And rolled around on the play mat with the other kid and his dinosaur...



Even after 4 years of being a mom, I have issues detaching from my kids so I wore her cupcake bracelet to our fancy dinner BECAUSE WHEN I AM NOT WITH THEM I MISS THEM, like some weird stalker auntie.

When we finally made it to Nobu Kuala Lumpur, my mind was made up to order the most expensive omakase they have because to be honest I heard from many friends that the food at Nobu is just so-so only and I didn't expect to go back there again after this one magical night.

Spoiler alert: I am so totally, seriously going back there again, you guys...

So we ordered 3 cocktails, 2 bottles of water and 2 Kuala Lumpur omakase set. The Kuala Lumpur omakase is basically an ever-changing menu where the chef cooks whatever ingredient is "best" that night. It is a 7 course meal and we foolishly even bragged that if the omakase is not enough, we'll top up with other dishes after that (turns out we threw in the towel at 8pm, nice and super full without being able to order any additional dishes).

Dinner at Nobu Kuala Lumpur

Yes I ordered this because my favourite cocktails are gin cocktails but I couldn't even drink 10% of it without risking passing out midway through dinner. Good thing my date is really good at holding his drinks (and mine).

Dinner at Nobu Kuala Lumpur


Dinner at Nobu Kuala Lumpur

Dinner at Nobu Kuala Lumpur

Dinner at Nobu Kuala Lumpur
Dinner at Nobu Kuala Lumpur

Each earthenware in Nobu is designed specially for Nobu, so you will never see the same plates and utensils anywhere else. It's the same concept in Nobu Hotels as well, so it is more than just "good Japanese food", it is a full on experience through all your senses. 

And did you know that Robert De Niro is a partner at Nobu? No, he did not make Nobu famous. Rather, he waited 4 years for Nobu to finally agree to setting up the very first Nobu restaurant in America.  

Dinner at Nobu Kuala Lumpur


Dinner at Nobu Kuala Lumpur
Look how cold the pipe is! It's white because it's FROZEN as if Elsa had lunch at Nobu before we came. 

Dinner at Nobu Kuala Lumpur

Happy and excited to be sitting right next to the kitchen as I requested because it's exactly how I imagined the kitchen operated like in the Nobu book 

Dinner at Nobu Kuala Lumpur

I took so long to finish this crab & tempura dish because I just didn't want it to end.

Dinner at Nobu Kuala Lumpur

Because I am totally unpolished and unrefined. I just kept mumbling what is this? Is this just cold noodles? How is this so delicious? This is better than indomie. But I will never know what it is because a random waiter randomly put it on our table and walked off, no explanation.

Dinner at Nobu Kuala Lumpur

I just want to say that this smoked wagyu is better than sex. I am telling EVERYONE, I even told my dinner date who is the father of my children that eating that smoked wagyu with chocolate sauce is better than sex. I would go back again and again just for that two pieces of meat. Ladies and gentlemen, you are welcome. (and also, I still don't like beef but I will make a BIG exception for this)


Dinner at Nobu Kuala Lumpur

Dinner at Nobu Kuala Lumpur


The total cost of everything - RM1,353.70

The good 
Everything was generally really good. The hot food is definitely much better than the cold food so the next round I go with my Penang parents, I will focus on the hot signature dishes from Nobu.

Did you know he invented soft shell crab in Japanese restaurants? Did you know he was the first chef to fry uni in tempura? Yummmmm and also Nobu was also the one who introduced the concept of rice burgers and (it's not hot food) salmon salad. I am regretful that I didn't order the tacos and black cod miso so I will go again just for that.

The service
We started at 630pm and the service was AMAZING during the start of the service. By 730pm the restaurant was packed and that was when the service started to deteriorate.

For instance, while eating one dish, another dish suddenly appeared by the side without any explanation and we didn't even finish our current course yet... and no one had time to pour our drinks during the second half, and my matcha latte took 30 minutes to come, I wonder if someone ran downstairs to Starbucks to takeaway. But these are all minor infractions and over all everyone there was very nice.

Also, I would like to brag that the nice waitress thought I was my husband's girlfriend.

Do I like raw fish now?

No, I still don't. Two weeks in Japan did not change my mind, and one night in Nobu also did not change my mind about raw food yet. But I am trying to open my mind and try new things! So I made sure I had a mouthful of every sashimi before secretly passing the rest of it to my dinner date.

Nobu Kuala Lumpur is highly recommended for 
Couples, families with well behaved children (they have baby chairs!) and definitely recommended for client meetings. Just going up the two lifts to the restaurant made you feel like VIPs.

Dinner at Nobu Kuala Lumpur


Dinner at Nobu Kuala Lumpur

Before I married this guy, I only ever ate fine dining once with my parents in Taipei. Now it's meaningful that through being with this person who has thought me so much about independence, I am able to take him out for a new dining experience instead with money that we have earned on our own.

Let's go try more food while we still have all our teeth!

In other news, we received a gold plated coin today as shortlisted nominees for the Golden Bull Awards 2020 - Emerging SME category. Isn't that crazy and humbling? A 4 year old company is still very young and I still have a long way to go. The pressure is high and the intention is good.

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