Nobu Manila and City of Dreams has just announced that Chef Nobu Matsuhisa will helm The Nobu Experience, a one-night only culinary affair at the luxury hotel on March 31. Capping off the world tour in which the acclaimed chef visited selected Nobu hotels and restaurants in key cities around the world, the event is highly anticipated and is expected to be a highlight of the year for gastronomes in Manila. The Philippines is Nobu’s final stop, after visiting such cities like London, Milan, Munich, Paris, New York, Melbourne, Perth, and Kuala Lumpur. This is the third time the master chef has organized a dinner in the Metro since opening the restaurant in 2015. Apart from celebrity chef status, Nobu has been the recipient of several prestigious awards such as the GQ Lifestyle Achievement Award, given to him in 2017 at the British GQ Food & Drink Awards.
The Nobu Experience starts at 5PM and ends right before midnight. Guests are offered an interactive culinary experience for a price tag of only P10,000 net per person. Patrons will be able to walk around the room, rubbing elbows with Nobu Manila’s chefs, while indulging in signature dishes passed around canapé style. In additional, there will be a buffet corner and live action stations that will prepare your meal right before your eyes. Guests will also have the chance to meet-and-greet the celebrity chef, and go home with a copy of his book, Nobu: A Memoir. Nobu Manila’s Head Chef Michael de Jesus and Head Sushi Chef Kirika Oi are also participating, supporting Nobu during this special culinary showcase of his signature Japanese-Peruvian fusion artistry.
Guests can expect an array of finger foods and numerous dishes served in strategically placed stations. There will be a sushi bar for cold dishes, featuring some Nobu specialties like Sake cup sushi, Kumamota Australian oysters with Nobu sauce, and Seared Norwegian Salmon with Karshi su Miso. Whole those sitting at table seats can expect freshly made hors d’oeuvres served to them like Japanese Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno, Lapu-Lapu New-Style Sashimi, and Japanese Octopus Tiradito, amongst others. Canapé selections include Rock Shrimp Creamy Spicy, Nobu Mini Tacos (King Crab, tuna, Wagyu, salmon avocado, and pork), and Mixed Seafood Ceviche with Quinoa.
The robatayaki station will feature charcoal-grilled meats and seafood, while two teppan tables are set to cure any cravings for meat carving items, salmon, and shrimp. Enjoy charred and delicious robatayaki treats like assorted kushiyaki skewers of grilled beef, chicken, chkien skin, squid, baby octopus, leeks, and shiitake stars. Such highlights from the carving station will include Nobu-Style Wagyu Pastrami Sliders and Wagyu Gyoza with spicy ponzu sauce.
Lastly, a dessert corner will be available for diners to indulge in the celebrated chef’s signature pastries, sorbets and specialty desserts made a la minute. These include Choclate Bento cakes, mini Miso Cappuccinos, Nobu-Style Halo-halo, and a selection of assorted mini pastries like Azuki Bena Crème Brulee, Green Tea Royal, Yuzu Dome Cake, eclairs, and the Chocolate Satandagi (fried donuts with a melted dark chocolate filling). Mark your calendars for March 31, and see you there!
By Chino R. Hernandez