San Diego Bites: Nobu

I don’t actively seek out franchise restaurants to eat at while traveling, but I have been dying to try Nobu.

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Any Nobu.

My old friend Julie Roads raved about the New York spot. And Andi Perullo did the same about her dinner at Nobu in Hong Kong.

So when it came to my attention while seeking a nice restaurant for Christmas Eve dinner in San Diego, I quickly seized the opportunity to try it out.

San Diego seems like such an odd choice for this restaurant given the fact that there is already one in Los Angeles, but nothing in San Francisco where I think it would thrive. But I had no complaints about its location for Christmas Eve! I was all to happy to have it there and to be able to enjoy a restaurant that I had been trying to get to.

The wait was worth it.

We sat at the sushi bar. Really, this is the only spot you need to be (at least if you are two or solo) as it is where all the action is. Also, making friends with the sushi chefs ensures you will get the best recommendations and freshest fish.

Nobu Sushi bar
Make sure you sit here!

Since the San Diego location was celebrating its 5-year anniversary, they were offering a special Omakase menu so we ordered one of them to share and a whole bunch of sushi, many of them suggestions from the chefs, as well as some of our favorites.

We definitely went overboard, but it was so worth it. We counted the meal as our Christmas dinner, New Year’s Eve dinner and my birthday dinner rolled into one.

I did take photos of every course, but I think I was more focused on eating, as most of them did not turn out. But here are a few. Like this yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno.

Nobu Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno

And the lovely Kumomoto Oysters with Creamy Onion Salsa which which were the starter of our Omakase dinner.

Nobu Kumomoto Oysters with Creamy Onion Salsa

Our second course was Kanpachi Tataki with seasonal muchrooms with  a lovely garlic citrus soy, being administered here by one of the sushi chefs.

Nobu Kanpachi Tataki with seasonal muchrooms

All the courses were delightful and delectable including dessert which we almost refused. Thank goodness our waitress talked us into it. S’mores, but not just any s’mores, elevated refined graham panna cotta with a hazelnut crunch and fudge sauce served with a toasted marshmallow gelato – insanely good!

It was worth every penny and I will be looking to try out another Nobu in one of their other cities soon. Maybe Las Vegas where Nobu is opening up a hotel and restaurant inside of Ceasar’s Palace this month?

26 Comments

  1. Helene
    January 24, 2013

    mmm! I would love to try Nobu! Everytime I hear Nobu it makes me think of, kanye west “I might just walk in Nobu with no shoes” but I am very odd! haha

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  2. These photos are gorgeous! Thanks for the shout out love!!!

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  3. Katie @ Domestiphobia.net
    January 25, 2013

    Looks incredible!!

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    1. Andi
      January 25, 2013

      @Katie, next time you are in SD!

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  4. foodwanderings
    January 25, 2013

    Hey Miss Misadventures., I don’t either seek franchise, I love the obscure, but Nobu is a must try. I have never been so nice to experience it through you.

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    1. Andi
      January 25, 2013

      @FoodWanderings, thanks!

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  5. Delia
    January 25, 2013

    I don’t think I’ve ever looked at oysters and CRAVED them before… They look bloody gorgeous! X

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  6. Marthalynn
    January 25, 2013

    Oh wow! That looks so delicious!! Maybe it’s because I’m pregnant and haven’t had sushi in FOREVER, but I am salivating just looking at your pics. I will have to visit this place next time I’m in San Diego.

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  7. Denise Taylor-Dennis
    January 25, 2013

    I haven’t had sushi in ages seeing these pics makes me miss it even more.

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  8. cathy henatyszen
    January 25, 2013

    sounds like a great place to eat, hope you enjoyed your meal there

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  9. Dandi Daffyhill
    January 26, 2013

    That looks amazing. I’ve never had anything like it, but a trip would be worth it!

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  10. Danielle Royalegacy
    January 26, 2013

    Would love to dine here.

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  11. Jennifer
    January 26, 2013

    my mouth is watering right now, that looks so good!

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  12. Lisa Williams
    January 27, 2013

    What beautiful photos! I have never had sushi (I heard that gasp!) but you’r photos make it looks delicious

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  13. Vikki Cousin
    January 28, 2013

    Your review of Nobu and it’s food, make sushi sound good, and I have never ate sushi.

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  14. Lynda
    January 28, 2013

    i’m making this a must-go next time i visit san diego. thank you!

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  15. Melanie Lawrence
    January 29, 2013

    I love the pictures! They really make the food look YUM!

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  16. Jill L
    January 30, 2013

    Wow, this looks incredible.

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  17. carizza
    February 1, 2013

    I’ve heard about nobu (the new york location) before quite a few times and it looks amazing! I think if I went to new york or any of the other locations one day I’d definitely try and book a reservation for dinner.

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  18. Peggy Humbracht
    February 4, 2013

    I would love to be able to travel there and try some of their delectable foods. They look delicious.

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  19. Jimmy Arcade
    February 5, 2013

    Sushi chefs are true artists!

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  20. Tara
    February 8, 2013

    We live in San Diego but tend to stick to kid friendly places. My husband would love going to Nobu though. We’ll have to try it, thanks!

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  21. Brainy Pint Sizer
    February 18, 2013

    Would you believe I’ve never been to Nobu. And we have Nobu and Nobu Next Door here in New York City. I’ve passed it so many times, but it’s just never the right time to go for one reason or another — maybe because I feel it will be there so there’s no rush. But now, you and @AndiPerullo have me licking my lips. That’s it — on the list to make it happen ASAP! What I would do for an Omakase experience at Nobu or Masa or so many others. What a wonderful treat!

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    1. Andi
      February 18, 2013

      @BrainyPintSizer, I believe it! Having just been there for the first time in December. It was worth the wait, and I say run over there now!

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  22. Theresa M
    August 4, 2013

    My brother loves going to San Diego. I will have to tell him about this place. 🙂

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  23. David Smith
    November 24, 2013

    It has been many years since I have had sushi. These pictures show some excellent looking sushi and I am really hungry for some now. Unfortunately, no sushi in town, so maybe someday when we can get out of town I might ba able to have sushi again. Thanks for the pic, I’ve heard a lot of great compliments about Nobu.

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