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The World’s Largest Nobu Is In…

The World’s Largest Nobu Is In…

Christopher Parr | Pursuitist
The World's Largest Nobu Is In

…Qatar, at The Four Seasons Hotel Doha!

Pursuitist 5-Star Gold AwardThe stunning 26,000-square-foot Nobu, the famed sushi empire from Michelin-starred chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, is part of the Doha Four Seasons and floats on its own mini-island in the Qatar Gulf, rising like a coiled shell crossed with a starship from the future.

Inside, seven separate glamorously designed dining areas comprise a 134-seat main room, two private dining rooms, two bar lounges, and a 38-seat rooftop venue. Chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa’s recipe for success combines his formal sushi training with a love of travel and global cuisine.

The architectural masterpiece, designed by the NYC-based Rockwell Group, showcases the very best in fine dining, featuring Nobu’s world-famous cuisine matched by panoramic views of the alluring Arabian Gulf.

A practitioner of new-style Japanese cuisine, the Nobu menu includes innovative flavor pairings, such as yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño, lobster with wasabi pepper sauce, and perhaps Chef Matsuhisa’s most notorious recipe – the black cod miso.

Nobu Doha does nothing but impress. A destination as a whole; the world’s largest Nobu is not just a restaurant, its the venue for an entire evening.

Offering a truly exclusive culinary experience, found nowhere else, the tri-level Nobu Doha boasts the largest of its kind in the world and is the only Nobu at a Four Seasons in the Middle East.

Unveiling the Grandeur of Nobu Doha: An Exploration in Numbers

  • 26,000 Square Feet: This monumental size makes the new restaurant the largest and first freestanding Nobu globally.
  • 192 Seats: The double-height dining room can accommodate this number, plus an additional 10 at the cozy sushi counter.
  • 5 Inches: The height of the heels sported by many glamorous female diners, pairing traditional abayas with a western touch.
  • $30 Million: The speculated yet unconfirmed cost of building this lavish restaurant.
  • Twice Weekly Deliveries: Fresh fish, including tuna, yellowtail, and uni, are flown in from Japan twice a week.
  • $220: The price tag on the Master Kobe beef (5.29 oz.), the priciest dish on the menu.
  • Three Lounges: The Black Pearl Bar, White Pearl Bar, and an 82-seat indoor/outdoor rooftop lounge adorn the Nobu Doha.
  • 25 Nationalities: The diverse staff hail from places as far as Mauritius, Korea, Japan, Nepal, and Vietnam.
  • Architectural Marvel: The first standalone Nobu Restaurant, designed by Rockwell Group in collaboration with Nobu Matsuhisa, situated at Doha’s Four Seasons Hotel, blends natural Japanese aesthetics with Qatari authenticity.
  • Seamless Blend with Nature: The three-tiered glazed structure is wrapped in ribbons of pale river stone and bronze accents. The open-air interior stands on a stacked basalt tower, surrounded by a reflecting pool that ties it to its waterfront site.
  • Artistic Interiors: The double-height main dining room features woven abaca panels from the Philippine artist Ken Cobonpue, and pale river stones give the impression of a natural extension of the shore.
  • 360-degree City View: The location offers a panoramic vista of the city, adding to the unique dining experience.
The World's Largest Nobu Is In...
The World’s Largest Nobu Is In Qatar!

We also visited the Nobu popup at the Qatar International Food Festival. Delicious!