Saturday, October 4, 2014

Going Vegetarian @ Nobu KL

Hoping to visit Nobu KL but horrified that prices might prove sky-high? The risk is resounding - one serving of tiger shrimp tempura costs RM78++ here, the salmon sashimi salad is RM65++, while tuna hand-rolls are RM40++. For the cash-strapped, here's one temporary solution to keep costs relatively low: Go vegetarian.
Earlier entries on Nobu KL: July 16 preview & October 1 review.

 Nobu has heaps of choices for a meatless meal, including nibble-worthy starters such as shishito peppers mixed with tender shimeji mushrooms in yuzu sauce (RM15++) ...

 ... brick-oven-roasted cauliflower - crunchy & smoky, with extra heat supplied by some jalapeno sauce (RM30++) ...

 ... avocado tempura, creamy within & crisp without (RM13.50++, the same price as other types of vegetable tempura here, including asparagus, broccoli, carrot, Japanese eggplant, pumpkin & bell peppers) ...

... & tofu prepared in Nobu's 'new-style sashimi' fashion (RM25++). Note though: This vegetarian plan is far from fool-proof; one plate of grilled asparagus with dried miso will still clock in at RM50++, a spinach salad's RM45++, while steamed broccoli with shiso salsa is RM40++, so even some meat-free items will seem out of reach.

 Sweeten your sorrows by selecting one dessert: Ice Kacang Nobu-Style (RM35++, found only in Nobu Kuala Lumpur), comprising calpico shaved ice, fresh coconut milk, azuki beans, coconut palm sugar, mango, cincau jelly, green tea mochi, roasted coconuts & peanuts ...

 ... or the Nobu Cheesecake (RM40++), lighter than the norm in both taste & texture for a cheesecake, accompanied by yuzu strawberry sorbet, sesame crumble & red fruit sauce ...

 ... or the Suntory Whisky Cappuccino (RM30++), something for the liquor lover, with a cloud of boozy foam atop layers of coffee creme brulee, cocoa crumble & milk ice cream ...

 ... or the satandagi (RM35++), light & warm doughnuts with soft centres of dark choc, complemented by pandan ice cream (another exclusively-in-Malaysia concoction), caramelised pistachios (excellent) & raspberry sauce.

 If there's still RM45++ left in your budget, then boost your spirits with a speciality cocktail: We suggest the Calamansi Shiso Mule (sake, fresh calamansi, shiso & ginger ale) or the Nobu Shochu Dragon (shochu, fresh dragon fruit, elderflower & lemon).

Nobu Kuala Lumpur
Level 56, Menara 3 Petronas, Persiaran KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Monday-Saturday, 6pm-11pm. Tel: 03-2164-5084

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20 comments:

  1. I don't drink alcohol, but the way you are describing the Whiskey Cappuccino, Sean.....mmmmm. :)

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    1. Linda: heheh, glad you find the whiskey cappuccino tempting ... i do too! :D

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  2. Wow, the cheese cake also not cheap, need to save up some money first, hehehe.

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    1. CK: ya, that cheesecake costs more than half a tank of petrol for me, heh :D

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  3. My girl loves those shimeiji mushrooms. Ah well, she loves all mushrooms. The tempura looks good, and the cauliflower too.

    Not a fan of cauliflower here though - not fragrant like those overseas, probably not fresh...and the seller has been cutting the dark patches off each head regularly and passing it off as nice and new. Abroad, one can just boil it lightly (the fragrance will fill the whole house) and eat just like that, so sweet and nice.

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    1. Suituapui: ooo, my preference would always be broccoli as opposed to cauliflower ... but i do like your description of the kind of cauliflower you enjoy :)

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  4. Looks like its doing brisk biz from your last few pics Sean.
    and after reading ur many reviews of Nobu, im inclined to think that the menu here is quite expansive!

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    1. Rebecca: it's a convenient location ya for folks working in the city centre. and it's closed on sundays, so it does seem to cater to the crowds who are in the city on weekdays, heh :) and yeah, the menu's quite wide ... even the starters page has about 30 items, and it's only the soft-launch menu :)

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  5. Vegetarian at Nobu sounds pretty fun - though it might be torture for me watching the next table enjoying some sashimi. :D

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    1. Baby Sumo: heheh, that's true! maybe we should slip in at least one seafood course into this meal :D

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  6. Very creative dishes though they don't come cheap!

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    1. Ken: ya, these vegetarian dishes are definitely worth tasting, though yep, they're still relatively costly for vegetables, but ultimately, the sum total of the nobu experience is more than only the food, heh :)

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  7. wah nice, support your effort to eat vegetarian...

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    1. Happy walker: thank you ;)

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  8. Avocado tempura sounds yummy!

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: i'm an avocado addict, so that was a must-order for me :D

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    1. The Yum List: fibre for the win! :)

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  10. expensive!!! vegetable sounds good to me, but i also want sashimi!!!! and that cheesecake!

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    1. Jean: heheh, ya, I'd like to order sashimi here next time too ☺

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