Chef Nobu Matsuhisa returned to Manila for an exciting 8-course omakase in a one-of-a-kind dinner experience last September 27 at his restaurant–Nobu in City of Dreams Manila.
“Nobu” Matsuhisa is one of the world’s most celebrated chefs, widely known for popularizing the movement of marrying Japanese cuisine with Peruvian influences. To date, there are 41 Nobu restaurants and 10 hotels (and counting) around the globe.
The highlighted menu for the special dinner featured a vision of creating Nobu dishes unique to Manila creatively infused with local flavors.
The celebrity chef was assisted by Nobu Manila’s Head Chef Michael de Jesus, Head Sushi Chef Keiichi Hirukawa and the Nobu culinary team. Traveling with him were Hiro Tahara, Chief Operations Officer of Nobu Restaurants and Ichibaku Kobayashi, Regional Director for Nobu Restaurants–Asia Pacific.
Before the dinner services that evening, members of the press were treated to a private sushi-making lesson, along with the proper way of eating sushi, with Chef Nobu himself. I was very impressed with his knife skills as well as proper sushi crafting using his hands.
So how do we properly eat sushi? Pick up the sushi with your clean hands. That way, you don’t ruin the perfect form of the sushi that was made by the chef’s crafty hands. Tilt the sushi fish-down to apply only a hint of soy sauce. Doing this will ensure that the rice does not crumble from the soy sauce. Place the sushi on your tongue face-down as well. This way, you get the full flavor and freshness of the fish.
No need for wasabi since there’s wasabi already sandwiched between the fish and the rice.
So just how much was this dinner? The Nobu Experience cost Php 8,888 net. The impeccably curated eight-course dinner menu consisted of dishes infused with Filipino flavors, starting with the Octopus Ajillo with Red Onion Salsa and Olive Oil for zensai, followed by Norwegian Salmon with Karashi Su Miso, and a Sushi Cup Selection of Tuna Adobo, Tachiuo with Sakura Petal, Ika Noodle and White Fish XO Salsa and Tamago.
The menu continued with Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno and Yuzu Soy; Butter Lettuce Salad with Yuzu Truffle Dried Miso, Parmesan and Kizami Yuba; Mixed Seasonal Mushroom Soup with Lime and Negi; and Umami Seabass with Green Papaya Salsa. An indulgent serving of Wagyu Beef with Adobo Sake-Mirin Reduction, Nasu and Roasted Garlic preceded the dessert–Nobu Chocolate “Zen Garden” with Green Tea Sponge and Chocolate ‘soil.’
Chef Nobu’s Manila visit is part of his Asia-Pacific tour, which includes Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur. The 8-course dinner in Manila was hosted by Chef Nobu, giving the guests the opportunity to try the dishes made by the chef himself as well as to meet-and-greet and a chance to get a signed copy of Chef Nobu’s new book ‘World of Nobu’ featuring all the recipes from his restaurants around the world. The book was exclusively available at the dinner event at Php 5,000 net.
Live an Awesome Life,
ABI of Team Our Awesome Planet
Disclosure: We were media guests of Nobu Manila. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions and insights.