Nobu restaurants around the world have become emblems of quality, luxury and exclusivity. Their meteoric success has been possible thanks to the exquisite fusion menu created by Chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa. His avant-garde approach and constant quest for inspiration have kept his name as one of the world’s great chefs for the last 20 years. Adding to his legendary persona, Matsuhisa recently opened his largest restaurant to date in the city of Doha, Qatar. Review our selection of international luxury restaurants.
Nobu Doha, part of the Four Seasons Hotel in the Qatari capital, is located on a private beach and marina, in a giant circular building with over 26,000 square feet of indoor space. The structure resembles the shape of a closed oyster and is decorated with bronze pieces and river stones evoking the ancient tradition of pearl diving, which is a widespread activity in this region.
The impressive building was designed and built by the studio of the renowned American architect David Rockwell, who had previously worked with Chef Matsuhisa in the design and layout of Nobu restaurants worldwide. The interior of the new pearl of Doha was decorated with the finest woods, hanging spherical glass lamps and simple but elegant furnishings with shapes and textures reminiscent of Japanese decor. Every detail helps create a cozy and luxurious ambiance that highlights the imposing architectural layout of the building.
Nobu Doha is bright and spacious, with ample glazed windows, and a splendid main dining room with capacity for 134 diners. There are two more stunning halls— the White Pearl Bar & Lounge and the Black Pearl Bar & Lounge with space for 170 guests— plus several private rooms. The exterior space can accommodate more than 80 guests in its balconies and terraces, from where they can enjoy superb views of the coast and the Persian Gulf.
The menu features chef Nobu’s classic signature dishes rooted in the Japanese tradition and perfectly prepared with culinary techniques that show a marked influence of Peruvian and Mexican cuisine. Particularly delicious are the yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño sauce, the lobster with wasabi sauce or the chef´s emblematic dish: his celebrated Miso black cod. Like the rest of his restaurants, Doha Nobu is a celebration of textures, flavors, and subtleties that enrich the typical Japanese food and make it worldly and cosmopolitan.
With the opening of new establishments of supreme quality, the Persian Gulf has become one of the main luxury destinations in recent years. Nobu Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is now joined by Nobu Doha with its beautiful architecture and splendid views. But, above all, the main attraction is the exquisite cuisine—an excellent reason to plan a visit to the region. ■