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Nobu Berkeley

Japanese Restaurant in London
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Overall Value
2.5
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2.5
£90
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“Lovely sushi” and other “superb” Japanese-fusion dishes still win praise for this “busy” Mayfair rendezvous, despite its “rushed” service and “horrible” prices; really, though, this is a place you go “to see and be seen”.
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Last Orders 11 pm, Sun 9.45 pm
Nobu Berkeley Restaurant Reviews
Reviews of Nobu Berkeley Restaurant in W1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Nobu Berkeley restaurant.
Mark Paterson
All very nice.. but not sure it lives up to...
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3
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Reviewed 11 months, 10 days ago

"All very nice.. but not sure it lives up to the hype or the competition these days.."

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Chris Hart
Astonishingly inept service given the price...
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1.5
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Reviewed 1 years, 1 day ago

"Astonishingly inept service given the price. Main courses specifically requested to arrive together instead came spread over half an hour 'because that's they way we serve them'. Waiters overloaded with attitude. Dinner for four with two mid-priced bottles of wine (£70 is mid priced at Nobu) came to £475. Avoid like the plague."

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Joseph Doherty
Standard bento box makes a superb lunch....
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4
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Reviewed 1 years, 1 months, 17 days ago

"Standard bento box makes a superb lunch."

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jane shorrock
Great place for a healthy lunch and reasona...
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4.5
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Reviewed 1 years, 10 months, 21 days ago

"Great place for a healthy lunch and reasonably priced for a London restaurant"

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The Editors Review

It's old rich people who keep top restaurants going. Right? Not on the basis of a visit to Mayfair's new £80-a-head Nobu Berkeley, where your reviewing team (average age 42) were very amongst the more senior citizens present.


Are we just getting on a bit? Did that explain why the noisy 'cavern' of a bar/holding area (there's no booking for smaller parties) seemed a glamour-free zone? Is it why the waitress's uniforms seemed a bit too tarty? Is it now the done thing for chaps in the gents to juggle a mobile in one hand and a Blackberry in the other as they answer nature's call? Is it asking too much in a new, aspiring-to-be-A-list haunt to expect a table with a non-wobbling top?


Having complained about the table, we were found a seat at the sushi bar (where the full menu is also available), and we contemplated the David Collins interior in the first-floor dining room. Perhaps de Niro and pals just didn't want to pay for anything more than a slightly glossier Wagamama. Boy do they pack in those bare little wooden tables.


Mark Edwards, launch chef of the Park Lane original, was much in evidence, and the food - from a similar enormous and bewildering menu - did (to be fair) do justice to the lustrous reputation of what's now quite a large (15 branches) international chain. The Japanese-with-a-latin-twist dishes sizzled with flavour.


As ever, though, portions are dinky, and its easy to start obsessing on the price per mouthful. And - as the Mayfair original - it's not as though the rest of experience offers much compensation. Or maybe we're just too unhip to 'get it'. Or perhaps we should have been delighted at how unstuffy top gastronomy has become'


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