Top restaurant comes to your place

The Life: Eating in is usually a cheaper option. But not if you hire the world's most famous Japanese restaurants to cook for you.
Masami Ouchi, a sushi chef at Nobu in Dubai. Jaime Puebla / The National
Masami Ouchi, a sushi chef at Nobu in Dubai. Jaime Puebla / The National

Eating in is usually the cheaper option - unless a chef from the world's most famous Japanese restaurant is doing the cooking.

Nobu in Dubai offers fans the chance to hire the services of their kitchen staff for cocktail events and dinner parties. But it can be pricey. A dinner for six could cost upwards of Dh6,000 (US$1,633).

"We can adjust the menu depending on what your needs are," says Luke Bjoin, the general manager.

"Typically we will go to the house first to see what kind of facilities you have and then we can make the menu around that. We have special set menus that we can adjust based on your needs."

Nobu brings its service staff for events, so the dinner party host will not have to lift a finger. Prices start at Dh400 per person.

"For Dh400 you can get great dishes, Nobu signature dishes, because everything we use is premium, but if you want to go more, the sky is the limit," says Mr Bjoin.

One of the restaurant's most famous dishes, black cod, costs Dh190 per fillet. But you will pay Dh860 for 160 grams of Wagyu beef, from a breed of cattle that used to be raised exclusively in Kobe, Japan.

Dubai restaurant staff have visited Saudi Arabia a couple of times to cater for private events and they have catered for half a dozen or so cocktail and dinner parties in the Emirates over the past year. "We have done some as small as 10 people and one as big as 50 people," says Mr Bjoin.

The Dubai restaurant has two head chefs, chef de cuisine Herve Courtot and head sushi chef Ouchi Masami, plus another 20 kitchen staff. Those hiring the services of Nobu could potentially receive a visit from one of the head chefs, says Mr Bjoin. "Yes, it's possible that the head chef could be there. Anything's possible if you want to pay for it, for sure."

The Quote: Because of our Beverly Hills location, Hollywood stars starting visiting us soon after we opened. Nobu Matsuhisa, Japanese restaurant owner and chef

Published: August 25, 2011 04:00 AM


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