Nobu 2021: does it still rate?

Our favourite sushi hangout Nobu had moved earlier this year from Menara Petronas to Four Seasons Place KL, just across the park. Since last month, Nobu also has got a new sushi chef. Time to have a look and a bite and see if and how the move has affected this place!

Parking underneath the building is easy. Just take the elevator up to level 4a. If you’re a long-time guest of Nobu, you may recall the stunning view from the 56th floor of the previous location. The view from the new venue on the 4th floor is still pretty good though, with full view towards the fountain and the buildings across the park.

We visited Nobu with our two teens on a Friday evening. It was a busy evening with almost all tables occupied by patrons. We immediately felt a sense of deja vu, instilled by the woody interior and the Japanese “Washimashi!” greeting upon entering. I’m sure the greeters actually say something else, but this is what it sounds like to me.

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Staff with a sixth sense

Service at Nobu is as remarkable as it always has been. Staff is pleasant and personal – without being in your face – and very attentive. They’re wearing a face mask plus a face shield, which sometimes makes it a bit hard to hear what they’re saying through two layers of communication barriers. That aside, they seem to have a sixth sense for what the customers are after and offered some great alternatives for my daughter’s dislike of raw fish. Their knowledge of the menu and dishes is impeccable. 

Never change a winning horse

Nobu’s menu is still the same and has got a great selection of hot and cold dishes, both modern and more traditional. We had a trio of sashimi so beautiful, we almost didn’t want to touch it -but hey, guess what -, crunchy mini tacos with lobster & salmon sushi and munchy soft-shell crab for starters.

After that, Toro Tartar came our way, and we ordered our all-time favourites the Black Cod Miso and the Angus Beef. In between dishes we were given clean plates, which was not really necessary, since most food went straight into our mouths and didn’t even touch the plates. All this lovely food was supported by some cold sake, a perfect companionship.

Our dessert to share was a sphere of red chocolate and came with a waiter pouring hot chocolate on top of it. While it slowly melted, the ice cream in the centre became visible. The green tea crumbles underneath held a surprise: it contained popping candy! Simply delicious, with a capital ‘D’.

New SOPs

Nobu is open for lunch and dinner. All guests 18 years and older need to be fully vaccinated to enter the premises. Kids will need to be accompanied by parents who are fully vaccinated. Dress code is smart casual, and a face mask upon entering is required, also when you’re attending the rest rooms during your meal. The restaurant can get busy, so best to book ahead here.

So… is Nobu still THE place to go for high quality Japanese fusion food in KL? I’d say yes! On a small musical note: we found the music a bit too upbeat and loud, but luckily later in the evening they took it a few notches down.


Nobu Kuala Lumpur is located at L4A-05, Level 4A Shoppes at Four Seasons Place KL, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. 

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2 Responses

  1. We preferred the old Nobu , for views and food which was good but we got cold beef .
    We will go back to see how it’s improved .

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