The finest Japanese restaurant the city has to offer, Nobu, has revealed an astonishing new addition to its already impeccable list of dining options. A rather extraordinary twist on the very British staple of afternoon tea. A sophisticated and adventurous palette is required, with items including crispy rice spicy tuna, soy salt biscuits and matcha canele – this is by no means a traditional afternoon tea!
A subtle yet exotic twist on the traditional British pastime in a refreshingly laid-back setting with the best panoramic seaview in town. The Classic Tea Set including a selection of Unami (savoury) and Okashi (sweet) options, one Ikaati tea, coffee or mocktaik and Nobu matcha tea is priced at 195 QR. A glass of Louis Bouillot Rose takes the total price up to 240 QR.
Served in the White Pearl Lounge (non smoking), we are seated in a booth with views stretching out across the bay. Teas are chosen and we go with an Egyptian caffeine-free option, Soothe, and a classic Black Orchid. The Unami tray arrives and we’re greeted with an almighty array of Nobu classics, followed by a very unique matcha avocado smoothie and matcha cappuccino. Both are cost at an additional 40 QR.
The signature Black Cod is transformed into a bitesize canapé with the addition of butter lettuce. The Crab Cake with Amarillo aioli sauce is a surprising highlight, alongside the old faithful crispy rice with spicy tuna. The matcha avocado smoothie is a golden highlight of the whole experience – so addictive we might even attempt to remake it at home!
The Okashi tray is served alongside mini scones, strawberry shushing jam and honey tofu creme. Highlights include the Banana Harumaki Dulce de Leche and Soy Salt biscuit – both providing individual flavours and melt-in-the-mouth textures. The scones are altogether tasty but somewhat too ‘mini’ to lather on cream and jam. I think we’ll stick to traditional scones next time!
Lobster slider wasabi lime aioli
Crispy rice spicy tuna
Salmon jime shisho salsa
Black cod butter lettuce
Ikura cup sushi
Crab cake ají amarillo aioli
Soy salt biscuit
Profiterole miso cream
Banana Harumaki dulce de leche
Goji Berryman madeleine
Mini scones strawberry shisho jam and honey tofu creme
Classic Tea Set 195 QR
Sparkling Tea Set 240 QR
Nobu Doha – Four Seasons Hotel