Nobu, the famed restaurant empire founded by venerated Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa and actor Robert DeNiro, debuted this past weekend in the Houston Galleria, located adjacent to Fig & Olive near Saks Fifth Avenue.
The 10,000 square foot, 280-seat contemporary Japanese stunner features an expansive main dining room, dynamic bar area with a chic, backlit lounge, a covered terrace, a more intimate dining space that can be sectioned off sliding tatami paper walls, and a private dining room. The posterior area of the main dining room is dedicated to a long sushi bar which fronts the open kitchen.
White oak and stone finishes are set against chairs wrapped in deep purple leather. A canopy of large square lighting fixtures in the main dining room casts a soft, attractive golden glow over the entire tableau. The east accent wall is adorned with an array of uniformly positioned sake bottles. The tatami sliding windows also open up to a semi-private room featuring a beautiful hand-painted mural evocative of an Impressionist painting.
The 39th location to open across the globe, Nobu brings the chain’s signature dishes to Houston, including the iconic yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno and miso black cod. Newer offerings, such as the king crab tempura with amazu ponzu, crispy-skinned Wagyu and foie gras gyoza, keep the menu fresh.
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