Guess Who Snagged Nobu Matsuhisa Until The End Of The Year?
Well, the illustrious Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa and his team of master sushi-makers have decided to winter in Paris, and what a home they’ve chosen: Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris located in the tony 8th arrondissement. The 149-room luxe hotel re-opened in October 2010 after a complete design reno orchestrated by Philippe Starck.
If you too, are wintering in Paris, now would be the time to check out why Nobu is famous around this great big globe of ours. His restaurants can be found in 16 cities, from Vegas to Hong Kong.
Each evening for the next two months, lucky diners at Raffles' La Cuisine restaurant will be able to try some of his inventive dishes that combine Japanese with South American influences. You can choose to eat ŕ la carte or you can grab the chance to experience ‘Omakase’ -- the traditional Chef’s Choice tasting menu. Seven dishes are served for the whole table, including black cod with miso and yuzu, tuna sashimi salad, and a whisky cappuccino dessert, for €150 ($192) per person.
To accompany the dishes, a wide selection of sake has been imported specially from the Hokusetsu House brewery in Japan. They're served both hot and cold in traditional porcelain or bamboo decanters. But to celebrate Team Nobu’s arrival, Le Royal Monceau’s Le Bar Long has also introduced a menu of Asian-inspired cocktails, including a passionfruit martini and a lychee martini.
Now, we don’t know what you’re planning for New Year’s Eve, but we see a trip to Paris in our future. That lychee martini’s not going to drink itself.
We found rates in December for 680 EUR ($867).
[Photos: Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris]