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Penelope Walsh, Eating Out editor at Time Out Dubai, on Nobu:
The Dubai branch of chef Nobu Matsuhisa's restaurant empire sits within the underwater themed resort Atlantis the Palm. This elaborate hotel boasts a gigantic aquarium (styled as subaquatic tableaux of the fictitious city), blown-glass statues and mosaic-covered columns in bold tones of blue, green and gold.
In such an ostentatious context the restaurant itself is relatively understated, and a large portion of Nobu Dubai's charm is thanks to the Rockwell Group, who devised the darkly elegant interior. The decor is denominated by red and black; fluid bamboo frames roll from ceiling to floor, mimicking ocean waves, and bamboo fishing baskets, twisted into cylindrical shapes, line the ceiling. The marine theme is almost inevitable given the Atlantis setting, but it also reflects the culinary traditions - of Japan and Peru - that influence Nobu's menu.
Traditional Japanese materials are used to modern effect, as seen in the grand, 60ft-long wall of river stones that curves around the entrance to the bar, and the black bamboo-encased sushi counter. It brings a sense of nature inside the restaurant, continuing the serenity of the restaurant's outdoor dining space, where they grow their own herbs and vegetables.
Nobu Dubai. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. +971 4 426 2626.
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