Category: "Dallas, TX"

Nobu - Dallas, TX

October 11th, 2011

I had incorrectly assumed that Nobu is a higher-end Teppenyaki restaurant and Sushi bar, like a boutique Benihana, if you will. The place is much more than that and now happens to be one of my all-time favorite meals. The menu is laid out how they suggest you order: cold appetizer course, soup/salad, hot entrees and finally sushi (the dessert menu is entirely separate).

A neat offering is omakase, which is a chef's selection. Your server apparently asks you a series of questions about preferences and potential food allergies and then depending on how much you want to spend, they will just bring food to you. We did not choose this option, but it sounds like a fun way to spend a night out. I will list everything that we did get.

Toro Tartare. Toro is a marbled piece of tuna belly. That's right, fatty fish. I had heard and read that this is a uniquely wonderful way to enjoy tuna. I'm still new to sushi, but I've had some amazing tuna. I felt that this was exactly the place where I should try a dish like this and I was not let down.

Hearts of Palm Salad w/ Jalapeño Dressing. This was topped with some micro greens, but otherwise it was...hearts of palm with a jalapeño dressing. There was not much to this salad, but it was delicious. In my experience, hearts of palm is supporting cast, but in this dish it stood alone very well. The dressing wasn't too spicy, but just added good depth to the hearts of palm.

Edamame. Admittedly, in my experience, edamame is edamame is edamame. The edamame at Nobu was good, but this isn't something that you must have if you eat here. Nothing set it apart from an order of edamame at any other restaurant.

Seared Sea Scallops. These scallops were incredibly well seared. I've not seen a crust on the scallops like this before and it added a slight textural variation that was nice. You get two scallops for like $28, so unless you are out celebrating a special occasion, this is a hard dish to recommend. That said, they were served with these wonderfully nutty brussels sprout leaves that almost outshone the scallops.

Seared Chilean Sea Bass. This was probably the best thing I have ever eaten. It was served with hunks of black truffles and a mushroom reduction sauce that was sweet and earthy. The fish was perfectly seared and cooked throughout. After getting just two scallops, I was expecting a tiny little piece of fish, but it was a good-sized portion. I think it was about $36, and I hate to say it, but probably worth a good deal more than that. There were so many things on the menu at Nobu that I decided would have to wait until the next time I'm lucky enough to eat there, but they no longer appeal to me after having had this dish.

Spicy Scallop Roll. Awesome. Raw scallop, and I understand that some people will be deterred by that, but this was so very good.

House Special Roll. This had some of everything: tuna, yellowtail, whitefish and even more that I can't remember. The roll was huge. I think I preferred the spicy scallop roll, but this was still very good; it was just a lot.

From what I can tell, there are a lot of great restaurants in Dallas and they will compete fiercely for your appetite, especially if you aren't too concerned about how they will lighten your wallet. I had a blast and the food was divine. For the sea bass alone, memories of my meal at Nobu line the walls of my "happy place."