The eponymous Nobu London was the first European venture for the celebrated Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa. Opened in conjunction with partners Robert De Niro, restaurateur Drew Nieporent, and hotel owner Christina Ong, the restaurant occupies the first floor of The Metropolitan Hotel on Park Lane.
The menu at Nobu London, draws heavily on Matsuhisa's classic Japanese training as a sushi chef in Tokyo, as well as on South American influences gained during his extensive travels. This innovative "new style" Japanese cuisine has become both his trademark and the foundation of his success.
With its own street entrance on Old Park Lane, the 150 cover restaurant includes a separate sushi bar and enjoys commanding views across Hyde Park through full-height windows. Designed with simple elegance by United Designers, the interiors make subtle use of light woods and natural stone to reflect the diverse influences of Nobu's cuisine, incorporating the purity and quality materials inherent of traditional Japanese design.
Nobu London opened in London on February 17th 1997 and was awarded one Michelin star, which it still retains today.