Nobu Kuala Lumpur is a Michelin-starred titan in the world of sushi, sashimi and tempura. The world famous restaurant, co-owned by American actor Robert De Niro, first started out in 1994 in New York. It went on to win critical acclaim for its glorious dishes that were classically comforting yet creative, and chef Nobu Matsuhisa and his partners went on take the world by storm, opening more than 29 franchises over the globe.
Nobu Kuala Lumpur is Southeast Asia’s first branch with dramatic 360 degree views of the KL city skyline, and its kitchen is helmed by head chef Philip Leong, brought in from Nobu Berkeley St. Born in Ipoh, Perak, Leong has worked with Nobu since 2005, starting out as a commis (basic chef) and working his way up the ladder to become the person in charge of the Kuala Lumpur kitchen.
Meanwhile, general manager of Nobu KL, Stephane Heard, has plenty of experience under his belt managing the restaurant Nobu-style, having spent time with the brand’s restaurants in Las Vegas, Mexico, London, Dubai, Paris, Miami, Hawaii and Moscow.
In setting up the restaurant they have worked to keep the décor stylish and trendy with lots of textured blonde wood furnishing and fixtures, but the full-length windows that offer 360-degree views of the KL city centre are the features which take the prize for most impressive. Set just one floor below Marini’s on 57 in Menara Petronas 3, diners are treated to unsurprisingly up-close views of the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. Besides that, diners also get to enjoy simple, comforting ambiance, thanks to dim lighting, a monochromatic colour palette of brown and beige, pots of greenery and wooden window blinds.
Nobu’s food is unique in the fact that it is a marriage of Asian simplicity with exotic South American (specifically Peruvian) flavours, and diners can expect more than 40 cold and hot dishes on Nobu KL’s menu, with the impeccably luscious fish taking centre stage. Expect the global empire’s signature Latin-tinged dishes such as carefully carved thick slices of black cod with sweet, salty miso, Nobu’s baby corn taco shells with sashimi, soy-lacquered yellowtail with jalapeño and meaty rock shrimp tempura with creamy spicy sauce.
Other standout dishes on Nobu KL’s menu include the velvety toro tartar (RM80), a savoury fatty chunk of tuna belly, topped with caviar, served with shoyu mixed with wasabi sauce. Meanwhile, the almost-obscenely lush Chilean sea bass (RM150) marinated with red jalapeño miso – at once smoky, salty and sweet in flavour – will certainly be the surefire winner of the night’s meal.
An important thing to note is the fact that Nobu KL will be a halal (pork-free) restaurant, enabling it to reach a broader Malaysian market.
Able to fit up to 250 people, the restaurant is divided into a dining area with sushi bar and teppanyaki grill, plus there is a lounge and club room. It is located on the 56th floor of Menara Petronas 3, adjacent to the iconic Suria KLCC; at the mall, there is an elevator beside the Versace store which links directly to the tower. On the other hand, if you are coming from Mandarin Oriental Hotel, walk towards the Cartier store, turn right and head up the elevator.
Nobu Kuala Lumpur
- Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 12:00 - 14:00 & 18:00 - 22:30, Saturday & Sunday 14:30 - 16:30 & 18:00 - 23:00
- Address: Level 56, Menara 3 Petronas, Persiaran KLCC, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +60 3 2164 5084