Restaurant Reviews


September 25, 2015

The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version: 

Pricey? Very. Worth it? Yes.

The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:

Backstory: my sister just moved away to college and with only my teenage brother at home (and dad) my mom has been feeling the effects of an empty nest (read: if you want company – have girls! Lol). So Dennis and I decided to take a trip down there to fill the house and spend some time with her. My definition of a good time is eating (and drinking) – what’s new?!? So obviously Nobu made it on the list of must-dos.

Nobu has always been a go-to and since it’s open late I’ll sometimes pop in and order a few must haves to end my night the right way. The location in LA is not as scenic as their Malibu location, but unless you want to wait or you reserve a while in advance, getting a table isn’t so easy. Plus, their other location is MUCH closer to my house.

The service is always good – attentive without hovering and the feel is laid back. You can very much choose this as a dress up dinner, but if you just feel like throwing some jeans on – you will not feel out of place.

What we ate/drank:

  • Mango Passion cocktail ($14)
  • Cucumber martini ($14)
  • Peruvian Caipirinha ($14)
  • Wagyu Beef Tacos (2 for $14)
  • Shishito Peppers ($7)
  • Seafood Tacos (off-menu item)
  • Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno ($25)
  • Salmon Sashimi with dried miso ($25)
  • Whitefish Sashimi New Style ($25)
  • Golden eye snapper sushi (2 for $14)
  • Cauliflower with Jalapeno Dressing ($12)
  • Soft Shell Crab Roll ($14 each)
  • Bento Box ($13)


Cucumber Martini – very light and crisp, tasted like spa water with alcohol. My mom seemed to enjoy it, but it was my least favorite of the 3 drinks

Mango Passion cocktail – loved this! Sweet and refreshing.

Peruvian Caipirinha – this is very similar to a Moscow Mule, so if you’re into ginger beer – this goes down easy!

Shishito peppers have become a must anytime i’m in a Japanese restaurant – they are a great start to the meal and they pack a lot of flavor. These were good (lightly salted) and even better when we used them to soak up the sauce from the Yellowtail and jalapenos.
The top tacos are wagyu beef while the bottom are the off-menu seafood ones are waitress recommended. I usually get the beef ones and even though they are small (and a bit of a tease) they are delicious! Definitely order multiple – there’s just enough flavor, it’s delicate, but very tasty. The seafood ones were amazing, much better than the beef and if you order both I would highly suggest eating the beef ones first because after the seafood tacos, they will taste a bit bland.
I really liked this, the wasabi sauce and green salsa gave it a much different flavor than the yellowtail even though both were served with ponzu sauce. This had a great kick to it without being spicy.
I love the cauliflower at Nobu, it’s something I always get because it has so much flavor and look at the colors (beautiful)! The chili vinegar sauce is just strong enough to really make the cauliflower pop.
Hands down my favorite dish at Nobu, no one does it better! Every upscale Japanese fusion restaurant has some rendition of this dish and it’s never as good. The citrus from the ponzu sauce is heightened by the flavor of the cilantro and sprinkled with just a bit of heat from the jalapenos – it’s perfection!!!
This is another of my favorites – it’s definitely not as flavor packed, but I love the combination of the quality olive oil and dried miso. We chose salmon, but you can choose whatever fish you prefer.
This was my first time ordering baked crab rolls at Nobu. I think my favorite is still at Koi (I know it’s a sin to speak both names in one sentence, but…) it’s just so buttery and the 500 extra calories that I’m probably consuming are worth it. Nobu’s is great and it was a delicious way to wrap up the savory part of our meal, but it’s just not AS good. I did like that I got a hefty amount of crab – I have nothing bad to say, I just think Koi takes the point on this one.
Another thing that will ALWAYS keep me coming back to Nobu is their bento box. This box is really just a gift from the heavens. The chocolate souffle is a dream – literally because you’ll think it’s a cloud: fluffy, rich and amazingly flavorful. In addition to the perfection that is that little cake, the made-in-house green tea ice cream is the perfect addition. It’s SO tasty and it complements the chocolate like nothing else. DO NOT miss out on dessert.

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