milestone birthdays call for a special celebration, right? for andy’s 40th, we headed to Nobu in Beverly Hills to enjoy what we hoped would be some of the finest quality sushi we had ever experienced. thankfully, we weren’t disappointed. the restaurant was quite beautiful inside, and we took a few minutes to soak it in, get settled, and check out the other diners, who seemed there less for the amazing food, and more for the classic LA scene. we started off with some very nice cocktails (mine involved champagne, cassis, and raspberries) and got started perusing the rather extensive menu. in the end we chose a few dishes that we really wanted to try, such as Nobu’s signature miso black cod, and our server filled in the rest of the courses with hot and cold dishes incorporating what was fresh that evening and other restaurant specialties. we let her know that we love sashimi and that we wanted to try bluefin tuna (before it goes extinct - i know that seems irreverent and i’m sorry), and had no problem with red meat. here’s what we enjoyed:
bluefin tuna carpaccio with jalapeno and cilantro oil
yellowtail sashimi with baby artichoke salad
2 kinds of nobu sashimi tacos - crab and wagyu beef
truffled panko crusted scallops with wild mushrooms
rock shrimp tempura with creamy spicy sauce
black cod with miso.
and to cap it all off, we had an order of salmon nigiri, one apiece. the salmon was so meltingly fresh, so succulent with a quick dip in their rich, special house soy sauce, that we wished we had made a meal only of the suberb sushi and sashimi, prepared as simply as possible. not to say the dishes we had weren’t excellent. the highlights for me were the light and crisp tacos with a squeeze of lime, especially the amazingly marbled and tender wagyu beef which neither of us had had the pleasure of eating before. and the scallop dish, with its earthy and intense mushrooms had so much depth of flavour i could barely handle it. so all in all, a very satisfying experience, and i’ll go as far to say that it was definitely worth the hefty bill at the finish. i’ll continue dreaming about soft, fresh and sweet raw fish until the next time i have i have the good fortune to enjoy some quite so delicious.