Given that Wednesday is the new Friday, Nobu Shoreditch has launched Wagyu Whisky Wednesdays, a menu of original cocktails inspired by Japan, alongside premium Japanese beers, gins and whiskies accompanied by a plethora of nibbles featuring the finest Wagyu beef, all enjoyed in this capacious subterranean restaurant and bar.
The Lychee & Elderflower Martini is a seriously refreshing dose of delicious; light and fruity, delicately flavoured and dangerously drinkable, it packs a subtle punch. For a seriously boozy hit though, you can’t go wrong with the Chita Whisky Sidecar, a take on the classic favourite featuring delicious Japanese Whisky. Almost too potent for a Wednesday.
The food is the star of the show. Cooked fresh to order in front of your eyes on the terrace, with the soundtrack of a live DJ in the background, it's the perfect way to get over the hump of the week. The Wagyu is clearly as pampered in death as it inevitably was in life. The Rock Shrimp in a crisp tempura scattered with shiitake mushrooms, on a bed of yuzu-dressed greens and drizzled in the most sublime creamy, spicy sauce, was fantastic. Sticky Umami chicken wings featured a spicy ‘dragon’ sauce with a decent kick. The Wagyu gyoza were two perfectly crisp parcels, stuffed with sweet melt-in-the- mouth beef, accompanied with yet another sauce that had every last drop mopped up. Wagyu gyoza was an intriguing take on a classic; presented three ways with a trio of different finishes and flavours dabbed on top.
We can't think of a better way to while away a Wednesday than a delicious spread accompanied with a pair of perfect cocktails.
The menu is currently ongoing so get date in your diary. Available at Nobu Shoreditch, 0-50 Willow St, London EC2A 4BH. Tel: 020 7683 1200. www.nobyhotelshoreditch.com/nobu-restaurant-bar
Our experience overall
Food and drink: ★★★★
Staff attentiveness/friendliness: ★★★
*During my visit I was hosted by the team at Nobu Shoreditch. All opinions are my own.
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