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Summary

More “brash and boisterous” than its (older) Park Lane sibling, this Mayfair venue continues to attract a steady stream of positive reviews for its “sublime sushi” and other Japanese fusion-wizardry. For how long can they keep milking the franchise as hard as they do, though? – this place seems to become ever-more “wildly overpriced” by the year.

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

Summary

“It still has it on the fusion-food front”, and this ‘newer Nobu’ in Mayfair inspires much more feedback and is rated considerably higher nowadays than the original Park Lane branch, particularly the ambience. The criticisms it attracts haven’t changed since day one – it’s above “a pretentious bar”, some tables are “cramped” and “canteen”-like, it can seem “grossly overpriced”, and critics feel “it’s one for the tasteless ‘in’ crowd”.

£88
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Amazingly delicate” Japanese/South American fusion fare “made with precision” and “packed with flavour” ensures Mayfair’s second branch of this global franchise is “always popular and sometimes very busy”. But numerous sceptics feel it “trades on its reputation and celebrity status”“despite the work that goes into the food, and the fancy schmancy location, prices are insane”, especially as “the dining room is quite rowdy, and service perfunctory”.

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

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.

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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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Restaurant details

Highchair
200

Prices

Tapas / Dim Sum

Main Veggies Pudding
£22.00 £10.00 £14.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £30.00
Filter Coffee £7.00
Extras  
Service 15.00%

Harden's says...

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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Opening hours
Monday12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-11 pm
Tuesday12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-11 pm
Wednesday12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-11 pm
Thursday12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-12 am
Friday12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-12 am
Saturday12:30 pm-3 pm, 6 pm-12 am
Sunday12:30 pm-3 pm, 6 pm-9:45 pm

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