Nobu

8 Whiteman St Southbank, VIC 3006

View map

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)
Chef Sean Tan
Seats 130
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.