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Summary

“Expensive but amazing” sushi and other “fabulous” fusion fare underpins support for this large, showy Mayfair Japanese; it can seem “impersonal” and “charmless” however, and sceptics say it’s overrun by a “selfie-stick clientele” nowadays.

£90
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“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”.

£90
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

The younger, showier (and nowadays better-known) of the two London outposts of the glamorous Japanese-fusion brand; it still offers “superlative” sushi and “great people-watching”, but critics find it “extremely overpriced” for what it is.

£87
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Nobu Berkeley Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Nobu Berkeley Restaurant in W1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Nobu Berkeley restaurant.
Patrick F
Loud, impersonal...it's a treadmill food ve...
Reviewed 10 months, 1 day ago

"Loud, impersonal...it's a treadmill food venue for people who take pictures of their food. Felt more like a club than a restaurant. Staff are pleasant, but seemed to almost forget the dishes they're presenting, parroting out lists of ingredients with a perfunctory 'enjoy' thrown on at the end that felt more like an order. Go if money is no object and you want to hang around paper-thin people with fake tan hammering £15 cocktails on bonus day. Would not go again."

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Nobu Berkeley W1

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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lunch noon - 2.15 pm, dinner 6 pm - 1.30 am
Last orders: 11 pm, Thu-Sat midnight, Sun 9.45 pm

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