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A Luxurious Sunday Brunch at Nobu Manila

December 17, 2015

I love brunch. Especially on Sundays, when things slow down and I get to enjoy the day with my family.

Brunch means being able to wake up late and leisurely enjoy a meal — no rush and nowhere else to go! It’s time to savor every bit and flavor. Last Sunday, we went to Nobu Manila at City of Dreams Manila for Sunday Brunch, a new offering by this modern and hip Japanese restaurant.

The Nobu Sunday Brunch promised to be a well-curated buffet.

So here’s what I put on my plate:

TSM Nobu Sunday Brunch Sushi Oyster

My chosen starters: salmon sushi, unagi sushi, tuna tataki, shima aji japalapeno, salmon karashi su miso, and fresh oysters

TSM Nobu Sunday Brunch Yakitori

Fresh off the grill yakitori: Black Angus beef, pork, squid and octopus

TSM Nobu Sunday Brunch Rock Shrimp Temura and Grilled Scallops

Nobu’s classics: Rock shrimp tempura with spicy creamy sauce and grilled scallops on quinoa rice

There’s a lot more, actually. But I had to put down my camera to enjoy and savor every dish. There are actually some 50 items on the brunch menu! If you like (or are simply curious about) innovative new style Japanese cuisine that incorporates Peruvian ingredients, you should check it out definitely!

Let me tell you what you can expect from this Sunday Japanese brunch buffet:

  • Sea bass Jalapeño, Crispy Pork Belly in Spicy Miso, Okonomi Yaki, and some of acclaimed Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s signature dishes, such as the Tuna Tataki in Cilantro Dressing, White Fish Tiradito, Wagyu Beef Taco, and Salmon Karashi Su Miso;
  • Also on the menu are: other Nobu specialties like White Fish Dry Miso, Shima Aji Jalapeño, Salmon Karashi Su Miso;
  • At the Salad Station: Kelp Salad, Baby Spinach Salad with Dry Miso and Parmesan, Shitake Salad with Spicy Lemon Dressing;
  • Besides those on the buffet, some hot dishes are passed around, such as Seared scallop with saffron and quinoa risotto, Ebi Tempura, and the popular Nobu style “pain perdu;”
  • What’s Japanese cuisine without good sushi? At Nobu‘s Sunday Brunch, you can enjoy freshly prepared items and cut rolls of California, Vegetable, Salmon Avocado, Shrimp Tempura, Spicy Tuna;
  • At the Hot Dishes section, diners can have their fill of Truffled Cabbage, Shrimp in Spicy Garlic Sauce, Umami Marinated Chicken, Braised Short Rib with sautéed mushrooms;
  • At the Teppanyaki tables, Alaskan crab legs with Aji Amarillo with Uni, Asparagus with egg sauce and salmon roe, XO Fried Rice are prepared a la minute.

And now, let’s talk about dessert. Naturally, this is my favorite part of every meal! 🙂 The centrepiece of the dessert corner is a fountain of green tea (matcha) white ganache chocolate served with condiments. It’s a real show stopper!

TSM Nobu Brunch Matcha white fountain

Aside from that fountain, I also enjoyed the other desserts around it:

TSM Nobu Sunday Brunch Dessert Yuzu Mango TSM Nobu Sunday Brunch Dessert Chocolate Cremeux Orange Compote TSM Nobu Sunday Brunch Dessert Mango Sago

But here was my favorite amongst them all : the interactive ice cream station. This is where you get to select your own ice cream flavors, mixtures and toppings and have the dessert chef mix it all up together on a cold stone! That day I was craving for ice cream that’s unique and yet still very Japanese, so I chose two kinds : Black Sesame and Green Tea, mixed in with some fresh strawberries, of course! 🙂 And the combination came out surprisingly good!

TSM Nobu Sunday Brunch Ice Cream

My kids enjoyed their time there too! There was an Origami corner from which they were able to bring home their own creations. Entertainment gets plus points as well, as there was a roving magician that made our brunch more delightful for the little ones.

The Nobu Sunday Brunch Buffet is every Sunday, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is offered at P2,800++, inclusive of sodas, juices, mocktails, coffee and tea. Alternatively, diners may choose to have the brunch with free flowing Moet & Chandon, a selection of Champagne cocktails, Bloody Marys, Mojitos, wines and beer, at P4,500++.

Note: Kids ages 6 to 12 years old are given 50% off their regular brunch fare. 🙂

Nobu Restaurant
Level 1, Nobu Hotel Manila, City of Dreams Manila, Asean Avenue corner Roxas Boulevard, Parañaque

For reservations: 800-8080 (24 hours), 691-2882, 691-2885
Email: noburestaurant@cod-manila.com
Facebook: NobuHotelManila #noburestaurantmanila

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