Avid Nobu lovers can rejoice as the Japanese-Peruvian powerhouse opens the doors to its first Morrocan outpost in the heart of Marrakech against the backdrop of its glitzy new hotel situated in the former spot of The Pearl.
Occupying the hotel’s ground floor, Nobu Marrakech makes a dramatic entrance with its striking design, which has been imagined by interior designers Stevani & Silva, a duo best known for blending age-old Japanese style with today’s modern aesthetic.
The space comprising the main dining floor, sushi counter, private dining room and stylish lounge bar has been conceptualised with a nod to Morrocan craftsmanship and matrimony made in perfect harmony with the theme of Japenese style echoed throughout.
The vibe here is very much in keeping with the buzz of Nobu around the world, DJs play daily, and the well-heeled crowd very much sets the scene. The dining floor overlooks the open-plan kitchen, which elevates the atmosphere along with the unrivalled service and expertly blended cocktails, many of which are inspired by a story.
Local flavours are championed on the menu here in an unexpected yet much-welcome spin led by Executive Chef Giulio Lombardi and Sushi Head Chef Tony Tejada. The menu is still quintessentially Nobu with favourites, including the group’s celebrated Black Cod Miso, Rock Shrimp Tempura and the ever-popular Yellow Tail Sashimi with Jalapeño all on the menu.
The restaurant’s arrival to the red city comes with an array of exclusive dishes specially created by Lombardi using locally sourced ingredients, spices and aromatics taken from the neighbouring markets and produce from nearby regions.
Standouts on the menu include Roasted Monkfish, Şifa and Hijiki Dry Miso and a soon-to-be hero dish of Slow-Cooked Lamb Tacos with Mint Creamy Spicy Sauce, both of which are only available at the Marrakech location.
Accompanying the delectable delights on offer here (and also an excuse to take a tipple in the plush Bar & Lounge) is a mouthwatering selection of cocktails, each of which is cleverly inspired by a story.
The favourite is a gin-based exploration of a tale of two vampires having fallen in love and ended up in Tangier, a fruity mix of sweet almond and orange blossom makes for a refreshing pre or post-dinner drink, namely ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’.
Nobu Marrakech Restaurant is open daily from 7pm – 11.30pm and the Bar & Lounge is open every day from 6pm – 2am.
Text by Jaz Grewal