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Nobu Shoreditch

Restaurants, Japanese Shoreditch
3 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

London’s third Nobu, this time at the iconic brand’s first hotel in Europe.

After many years of two Nobu sites in town (what? Just the two?), this iconic global brand has gone and launched its own hotel. With, of course, a restaurant.

Come after dark. It’s in the basement, with a bunker-like quality: high ceilings, concrete and low-level clubby muzak. But it’s better than a nightclub. For a start, the service is significantly friendlier. Smooth and accommodating, this is a team clearly used to dealing with the ultra-rich (read: ultra-demanding).

As for the food? Not as good as I’d have hoped (my benchmarks: both London branches, Nobu Paris and the TriBeCa original in NYC). The yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno was reliably excellent, with its verdant pep of raw chilli and citrus-umami puddle of yuzu soy.

But the fish in a sashimi salad – another icon – was unpleasantly metallic. I sent it back. The waitress, instantly whipping it off the bill, could not have been more contrite. Later, when I didn’t finish the rock shrimp tempura with creamy spicy sauce (the flavour was fine, but the batter a little soggy), another flunky was instantly on the case, wanting to know if there was an issue. Without taking no for an answer, she insisted on striking this from the bill too. Like I said, gold standard service.

Happily, a new creation for this site, of soft octopus with the ever-moreish anticucho sauce (rich, just enough heat), was terrific. As was another go-to: the new style salmon sashimi. Lightly seared fish that’s fragrant with sesame oil and the hum of fresh chive just never gets old.

So: a mixed bag. But this is still a big, shiny fish, sure to be popular with EC2’s big spenders. And if you get too sloshed on sake to make it home, there are 143 bedrooms upstairs.


Address: Nobu Hotel
10-15 Willow St
Old St
Transport: Tube: Old St
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £160
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Sushi, sashimi and silhouettes at Nobu Shoreditch. The Nobu brand definitely has prestige and I was really looking forward to the Japanese-Peruvian fusion omakase. The interior is appropriately hotel like inspired by Japanese architecture with the light timber panels reminiscent of tori gates to separate the space and the pointed lighting to create a  shōji screen like glow from the bar. The service is as you would expect from a hotel of this calibre; although it would have been nice to have had it a little slower in pace and especially when they announced each dish. The first two dishes were delicious - fragrant, delicate and set the mood; however as each course progressed, it started getting a little, well, average. The signature black cod was good, but I wouldn’t say outstanding; and the scallops course was swimming in its sauce which rather overpowered the natural flavour of the shellfish. Execution in general was fine, nothing was particularly overcooked, but that’s just it - all the flavours seemed a little stock standard and not particularly exciting. I wouldn’t bother with the cocktails here either, given that you’re so close to much much better company in Shoreditch and the surrounding area (such as Scout, Worship Street Whistling Shop, Devil’s Darling, Three Sheets, etc). Overall, definitely enough food; though I have to say I was a little disappointed and wouldn’t be in any rush to be back soon given that there are plenty of other Japanese options out there and for much better value. Taking a look around the room, it’s clearly a place that you go to on someone else’s dime (read: expensed client meals), so at these prices, I hope they closed that deal.

Tip: Do make a booking whether for the bar or restaurant as they do get rather busy.

Good For: special occasion, date night, business lunch/ dinner, large groups, celebration, intimate drinks


Although I didn't sit down to eat at the Nobu restaurant, they provide the catering for an event I attended at the hotel. The catering service was excellent but it was the food that made the night. The hotel and restaurant setting is very swish with large concrete walls and clever lighting highlighting the building's impressive architecture. 

The sushi is impressive and beautifully presented but, having had a look at the menu, I think it's a tad overpriced. 


By now, many will have heard of Nobu, the brand slowly but surely taking over the hotel world. Now they’ve gone and opened another spot in Shoreditch.

From the moment you walk in, you’ll know you’ve walked into a very stylish venue indeed. Oak wood, low-lit and with high ceilings all feature. Both the bar, event space and restaurant is located on the ground and lower-ground floors. 

As the name suggests, Japanese food is king here and it doesn’t disappoint. Just look at the mouth-watering pictures below. The use of caviar in its sashimi tells you that this place doesn’t skimp on quality. 

One of the things that will strike you is how something so hip and stylish can be located in what looked like a run-down side street. You only have to peer beyond the glass to get a sense of how different the world is outside compared to the swanky interiors of Nobu Shoreditch. A whole different world unto itself. 

Nobu isn’t just a bar/restaurant but it’s a hotel too. I suspect judging by its lobby, event space and loos, the 143 bedrooms above your head is just as funky. If you’ve had one too many sake/cocktails, you can crash upstairs.  Everything about Nobu Shoreditch screams luxury so be warned, it won’t be cheap.

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