Last 20 May 2015, globally acclaimed chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa, was in Kuala Lumpur to celebrate the official opening of the Nobu Kuala Lumpur restaurant – the first in South East Asia.
Accompanied by his associates Robert De Niro and Meir Teper, and joined by Her Royal Highness Tengku Zatashah Idris Shah, daughter of His Royal Highness, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, The Sultan of Selangor, and Tan Sri Syed Yusof Tun Syed Nasir, the owners of Nobu Kuala Lumpur, the VIPs led an ensemble to beat a set of special Taiko drums. Used during special occasions, including celebration performances, guests were entertained by the energetic beats and electrifying rhythm of the ‘big drums’.
Following the Taiko drum performance, 350 specially invited guests comprising prominent corporate and social personalities, experienced a traditional sake ceremony which took place on a stage set in the heart of the restaurant. Known as Kagami-biraki – a ceremony traditionally performed at celebratory events, the lid of a sake barrel that symbolises harmony was broken with a wooden mallet signifying the welcoming of good fortune. Guiding guests in the Japanese custom that has since become a tradition for Nobu globally was Chef Nobuyuki himself.
“We are proud to have Nobu in Kuala Lumpur – a brand which we believe brings not only excitement to the F&B scene, but one that will set new benchmarks for the industry,” said Tan Sri Syed Yusof.
“Nobu Kuala Lumpur is an immersive experience inside a world-famous landmark. The restaurant represents a unique confluence of stunning interior design by architect Severine Tatangelo of Studio PCH and culinary genius for which Nobu Matsuhisa has come to be known,” he added.
It was a night filled with fun, media and celebrations that included a Malaysian founded, and widely popular Japanese Taiko drum troupe, Wadaiko Syo, whose inventive beats resounded throughout the entire restaurant.
The evening was made complete with floating Japanese origami cranes, Nobu cuisine comprising a wide canapé selection of Lobster Ceviche with Quinoa, Matsuhisa Shrimp with Caviar, Langoustine Tempura with Amazu Ponzu, Black Cod on Butter Lettuce, and Yellowtail Jalapeno, and distinctive Nobu cocktails like the Matsuhisa martini and Mia margarita.
Located on Level 56 of Menara 3 Petronas in the iconic KLCC development, Nobu Kuala Lumpur offers innovative Japanese cuisine which is complemented with stunning views of the world-renowned Petronas Twin Towers and Kuala Lumpur’s skyline.
The restaurant features a progressive Japanese aesthetic and a sophisticated yet casual ambience. Spanning 12,000 sq. ft., Nobu Kuala Lumpur’s main dining area and sushi bar can accommodate up to 200 guests. Nobu also houses two bars, a stunning lounge, and private dining rooms.
The most anticipated dining experience in Kuala Lumpur, Nobu embodies a sense of grandeur yet provides a feeling of warmth and intimacy. Since its soft opening in September 2014, Nobu has redefined and set a new benchmark for the dining, cocktail and nightlife in Kuala Lumpur.
Nobu Kuala Lumpur is located on Level 56, Menara 3 Petronas, KLCC and is open for lunch Mondays to Fridays (12:00 noon to 2:00 pm) and for dinner Mondays to Saturdays (6:00 pm to 10:30 pm). For reservations, call +6 03 2164 5084.