Harden's survey result
“It no longer pulls the A-list celebs, it’s no longer difficult to get a table – but the food is still exceptional” at the Japanese-South American fusion chain’s original London flagship. It can be “hit or miss”, though – “some days it’s the real Nobu with the exquisitely prepared black cod signature dish, but at times it seems the chef has forgotten the recipe”. More than 20 years after its arrival in the UK, the global brand is still expanding, with a second hotel scheduled to open in the West End in early 2020.
“The food is just as good as it always was” (if no longer as trailblazing) at this Japanese-South American fusion concept, a global operation that exploded onto the London scene 21 years ago in this minimalist (some would say boring), first-floor space, overlooking Hyde Park. “Not the destination it used to be for spotting a celeb”, that’s not without its benefits (“there’s no problem getting a table”) and though as “expensive” as it’s always been (and with so-so service), it can “still impress”.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year – this once-trailblazing Japanese fusion icon, overlooking Hyde Park, “doesn’t pull the crowds the way it used to” (“go if you like loud groups of celebratory thirtysomethings, or watching people taking endless selfies”) but “the food can still sparkle” to the extent fans find “incredible”. “There are IKEA salesrooms that look more luxurious than this place”, however, “prices are eyewatering”, and “it’s insulting how staff’s main aim seems to be turning tables faster than you can eat”… at least some things never change.
“The black cod is legendary” at this once path-breaking Japanese-fusion icon overlooking Park Lane, and for some long-term fans “it can never be beaten”. That this erstwhile paparazzi favourite is “horrendously overpriced” and has “mediocre service” has always gone with the territory, but its culinary performance seems ever-more “tired”.
|Wine per bottle||£30.00|
|Number of Diners:|
|Monday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm|
|Sunday||12:30 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm|