Maybe we were mad to venture into the Crown Casino in Melbourne at Xmas time but the enticement of dinner at Nobu was too good to miss.
It was a stunning Melbourne night. The day had been warm and there was not a hint of a breeze, so it was a pleasant walk along the boardwalk to the casino with the city looking over us.

Melbourne view from the Crown Casino
View of the city

 
Crown Casino, Melbourne
Crown Casino is on the right

 
View to the Rialto Building, Melbourne
View to the Rialto Building

 
Every one in Melbourne seemed to have the same idea. The hotel and casino areas were swarming with people. The Xmas decorations seemed to draw many with a special light show coinciding with the singing of carols.
Xmas decorations at the Crown Casino, Melbourne
Xmas decorations

 
Xmas decorations at the Crown Casino, Melbourne
The pink Xmas tree was a hit with some!

 
Xmas decorations at the Crown Casino, Melbourne
More decorations

 
Xmas decorations at the Crown Casino, Melbourne
Better without the lights!!

 
But we were here for Nobu – Melbourne’s version of one of New York’s most famous restaurants.
Nobu entrance at Crown Casino
Nobu entrance

 
Bottles of sake provided the perfect welcome statement as we checked out the bar overlooking the river before taking the stairs to the restaurant below.
Sake bottles at Nobu Restaurant, Melbourne
Sake bottles show the way to the bar

 
Every dish on the extensive menu sounded fabulous. We were impressed with our waiter’s knowledge, so we decided to let him surprise us with his choice of the best dishes Nobu had to offer.
Plate after plate of stunning sashimi then made it’s way to the table.
The first dish was one of Nobu’s signature dishes- finely sliced Yellowtail sashimi with a hint of jalapeño. Delicious!
Yellowtail Sashimi with jalapeño
Yellowtail Sashimi with jalapeño

 
Red Snapper sashimi with goma salsa at Nobu, Melbourne
Red Snapper sashimi with goma salsa.

 
Beef tataki with ponzu, onion and garlic chips at Nobu in Melbourne
Beef tataki with ponzu, onion and garlic chips

 
We were about to tell our waiter not to worry about the salad, but before we could call mention this, he was telling how fabulous and famous this dish is. He was right, it was fabulous!
If there a reader out there who may know how to make the dried red miso sauce, please let me know. It was stunning and lifted the salad to another level
Baby spinach salad with dried red miso at Nobu in Melbourne
Baby spinach salad with dried red miso

 
New style sashimi with salmon and whitefish
New style sashimi with salmon and whitefish

 
The ‘new style’ that they refer to, is the cooking of the finely sliced fish under gently warmed oil. I must admit that, I would have preferred this dish to have had less oil over it.
 
Scallop tiradito at Nobu in Melbourne
Scallop tiradito

 
Tiradito is a peruvian dish of raw fish served in a spicy sauce. I may have to go back to Melbourne just for this!
The hot dishes then began to arrive. The black cod miso should have been preceded with a drum roll! It was fabulous but after the waiter’s long explanation we quickly devoured it all before a photo was even thought of !
I didn’t miss too many more!
Baby squid in shiso chimichurri at Nobu, Melbourne
Baby squid in shiso chimichurri

 
Beef tenderloin with wasabi salsa and oven roasted seasonal vegetables at Nobu in Melbourne
Beef tenderloin with wasabi salsa and oven roasted seasonal vegetables

 
King crab tempura with amazu ponzu sauce at Nobu in Melbourne
King crab tempura with amazu ponzu sauce

 
Crispy oysters with creamy wasabi and caviar at Nobu in Melbourne
Crispy oysters with creamy wasabi and caviar

 
This was another winning combination. The crispy noodle covering provided a perfect foil to the wasabi and the popping of the caviar eggs as you bit into the oyster.
Just because it was Xmas we had dessert! How could you refuse green tea and lime cheesecake,
pumpkin panacotta, blood orange sorbet, santori whisky cappuccino and a chocolate satadandagi with chocolate and pistachio which is a japanese pastry that is filled with chocolate and pistachio cream. There is a Santa!
Dessert Tasting plate at Nobu in Melbourne
Nobu

Now for Nobu in New York!
 
 
 
 
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