Nobu – Taste of Peru
Address: 8 Whiteman St, Southbank
Phone: 03 9292 7879
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***Every Thursday night from 5pm***
Background history – Nobuyuki (Nobu) Matsuhisa (松久 信幸), the owner of Nobu restaurants – during his early years he was invited by a Peruvian entrepreneur to open up a Japanese restaurant in Peru. During those years operating the Japanese restaurants in Peru, he struggled to find Japanese ingredients which he used back in Japan. As a result he improvised and adapted Peruvian/South American flavours into his Japanese dishes.
Now, Nobu Melbourne Executive Chef Christopher Shane pays homage to Nobu Matsuhisa’s early years with unique tapas and cocktail drinks every Thursday night at Nobu.
Peruvian Pisco Sour: In Peru, this is their official drink. This drink looks so lovely, with the pastel peachy colour and white foam on top. The taste of the cocktail comes off slightly bitter with a musky and clean taste.
Machu Pichu Smash: This was by far my favourite drink of the night. It was a rather hot and balmy on the night of visit and this drink was perfect to cool us down. The drink has a sweet and sour taste to the palate and it’s thanks to the blend of: Brazilian Sagatiba Pura Cachaça, Elderflower cordial, Lemon Juice, and Fresh apples.
La Rose Valha: This is probably the most romantic drink – La Rose Valha literally means A Bed of Roses. Even the drink itself looks spectacularly beautiful with its vibrant orange/red coloured drink, white foam and flower petals on top. Taste wise, it was another sweet and sour drink – made from a blend of Brazilian Sagatiba Velha Esplendida Cachaça, and Peruvian Masco Plum Pisco Liqueur with an addition of Cranberry, Vanilla and Lime.
Pisco Punch: The original Pisco Punch recipe was created in the late 1800’s by a barkeep – Duncan Nicol. The recipe has been lost, but Nobu has recreated the drink. Another pastel peachy coloured drink with mint leaves sprouting out of the drink. It tastes very similar to Peruvian Pisco Sour and has a musky taste.
Peruvian Cocktail Flight: This drink comes in a set of three, that are made from roasted fruits/vegetables. The orange is an orange based cocktail, the whitish/yellow is an elderflower based cocktail, and the red coloured cocktail is a tomato based cocktail with chilli powder rolled onto the rim of the cocktail glasses. The first two drinks were fruity and great on the palate, whilst the tomato based cocktail has a savoury taste and the chilli powder leaves your lips tingling.
Edamame: We started with the obligatory edamame that you usually get at Japanese restaurants. Nobu is no different – the difference is a slight peppery and roasted tasting edamame.
I can’t really remember the order which the dishes arrived as I clearly had too much drink that night! haha
Scallop / White Fish Tiradito: These fancy little scallops/white fish served on skewers were very appetising – The pieces of scallop and white fish were marinated in a tangy mixture and garnished with coriander leaves.
Since I’ve never had Peruvian food, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Really reminds me of Thai cuisine.
Next up we were served King Crab Ceviche on butter lettuce. I’m not much of a lettuce fan, but I actually enjoyed this dish. The King Crab Ceviche had a tangy taste and was also quite messy to eat, with juices dripping everywhere! Best to eat with chopsticks.
Next up was the freshly grilled scallops served with Aji Amarilo Salsa. The scallops were fresh and grilled until golden brown and served with grilled mushroom and an Aji Amarilo salsa. Aji Amarilo is a spicy thick sauce that is used in South American cooking. It has a slight peppery taste to it.
Tira de Asado Nobu Style: (Short Rib with Aji Panca Tomato Gastrique and Couscous Salsa) the tender pieces of short ribs were glazed with a sticky sauce and topped with tomato gastrique and couscous salad. The pieces of short ribs were so tender that it almost literally melted in my mouth.
Next up was the ever so addicting potato salad with creamy Aji Amarilo and Crispy Shallots. This is a must order dish. It was so creamy, starchy and full of flavour thanks to the crispy shallots.
The star dish of the night, without a doubt was the Pollito – Peruvian Spice Poussin. It was beautifully presented in a wooden plate and lying on the top a bed of rock salts. The roast chicken was so moist and tender and tasted amazing with the mayonnaise and Peruvian salt. Definitely a must order dish when you check out Taste of Peru at Crown.
We finished the night on a sweet note with these beautiful and vibrant plum sorbet popsicles that has been garnished with gold leaf. Simply stunning. We were also served a plate of delicious matcha white chocolate. Not overly sweet and you can definitely taste the matcha.
Whether you are a fan of Nobu or Japanese food, Nobu’s Taste of Peru menu is definitely a must try. An interesting fusion of Peruvian / South American flavours into already known Japanese dishes.
Disclaimer: Peach dined as a guest of Nobu and Media Moguls. All opinions and views on www.peach-water.com are honest and purely based on my own experiences and how I feel about the product.