A Taste of Nobu in Barcelona
With breath-taking views of Barcelona’s skyline and the signature cuisine loved around the world, Nobu’s latest outpost within the newly opened Nobu Hotel Barcelona has already been dubbed the chicest opening in the Catalan city for years.
Taking prime position within the uber-trendy hotel, Nobu Barcelona is situated on the 23-rd floor of the sky-high building giving diners prime views from all directions in a stylish lounge-style restaurant and sushi bar.
Evoking the design accents Nobu is synonymous with, the restaurant oozes style with neutral tones contrasted with rich mahogany leather chairs and plush sofas centred around the dining floor.
Contemporary woodwork and a panelled ceiling complement the awing views and the décor echoes the design-led vibe of the hotel keeping in tone with the distinctive architecture and flair themed throughout.
Offering a menu led by Nobu Executive Chef Hervé Courtot, Nobu Barcelona serves a selection of much-loved Nobu Classics against innovative dishes pairing modern Japanese cuisine with Catalan influence.
Classic dishes on the menu range from Nobu’s famed Black Cod with Miso and Rock Shrimp Tempura with Creamy Spicy Sauce to its signature New Style Sashimi. A well-varied selection of hot and cold dishes, one can expect to get a real flavour for Nobu through a well-thought-out assortment of Tempura, Sushi Maki and Sashimi alongside favoured larger plates and hot dishes.
In a nod to Nobu’s ethos, the menu is very-much a curation of sharing dishes and the service is centred around this concept of small and hot plates. Served a la carté or as an Omakase multi-course menu, Nobu’s fine Japanese is triumphed at its Barcelona outpost and to catch a real flavour of the menu it’s to best to order a few plates per person.
Nicely tied in with the menu is an offering of smaller Shuko snacks, Nobu Tacos and Kushiyaki for a lighter meal; the Nobu Wagyu Sliders and Lobster Wasabi with Sour Cream Tacos are particular highlights and give a nice fusion of flavours when ordered together.
Split into Classic and Now dishes, Nobu’s hot dishes include modern takes on Japanese classics and more contemporary dishes of seafood, meat and vegetables.
Try the Soft Shell Crab Kara-age with Ponzu as a particular delicacy and for a real treat, the Pan-fried Scallops with Yuzu Truffle don’t disappoint, the Grade A5 Wagyu on the menu is also some of the finest available in the region.
Nobu Barcelona is open daily and reservations are strongly advised, for private events the restaurant also offers a private dining room perfectly appointed for intimate dinners and events.
Text by Jaz Grewal