Nobu, the world’s most recognized Japanese restaurant, opens up at Four Seasons Hotel Doha. The award-winning property located on a private beach in the heart of Doha’s cosmopolitan city has teamed up with Chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa to debut the world’s largest Nobu. This will be the second outlet of the upmarket chain in the Gulf, following Nobu in Dubai, which opened at the Atlantis The Palm Jumeirah in 2008.
The Qatar branch will be the 32nd restaurant for the global brand, which was started by Japanese chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa when he opened his first Nobu restaurant in New York’s trendy Tribeca district with Hollywood actor Robert De Niro in 1993.
Nobu Doha is situated in a purpose-built, three-story building on the edge of the hotel marina. It was designed by New York-based architecture firm Rockwell Group to evoke a pearl theme, in reference to Qatar’s pearl-diving heritage.
The 26,000 sq ft restaurant includes indoor seating for 192 diners, a 10-seat sushi counter, two private dining rooms and a rooftop lounge for 82 guests.
The building’s exterior is clad with ribbons of river stone plated with bronze accents, to create the image of a coiled shell, Four Seasons said on its website.
Famed for fusing traditional Japanese food with Peruvian influences, one of the restaurant chain’s signature dishes is black cod with miso paste and will also include some Qatar produce. “The menu highlights Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s signature new-style Japanese fare and also showcases entirely new dishes created with the region’s local ingredients, including fresh orange-spotted trevally and black-streaked monocle bream caught in the Arabian Gulf.”