8 Whiteman St Southbank, VIC 3006
|Opening hours||Sun - Thu 12 Noon – 10:00 PM, Fri - Sat 12 Noon – 12 Midnight|
|Features||Bar, Business lunch, Gluten-free options, Groups, Licensed, Lunch specials, Long lunch, Private dining, Romance-first date, Wheelchair access, Views, Events|
|Prices||Expensive (mains over $40)|
|Payments||Diner's Club, eftpos, AMEX, Cash, Visa, Mastercard|
|Phone||03 9292 5777|
|Free wine for Citibank cardholders here|
There is glamour attached to the Nobu name, and a sense of expectation best met when seated upstairs with views over the Yarra, rather than in the dimly lit basement dining room. Food is sophisticated and polished, see-sawing from light and delicate (jewelled sashimi tacos) to sticky and rich. a dish of caramelised Blackmore wagyu intercostal melting with fat and packing a flavour wallop. Then, a mild peach salsa accompanying soft-shell crab that's subtle and sweet. Before you lose yourself in the menu, with more than 100 dishes, scope out the wood-oven section for a heavily marbled rib-eye that is more New York than Japan. But, then, this is a cross-cultural international franchise, a fact that's cleverly disguised courtesy of a sleek fitout that speaks directly to ideas of Japanese interiors. Desserts nod to tradition without being confined by it. think (surprisingly harmonious) marriages of caramel parfait and miso mousse.