Lunch in a Box at Nobu Melbourne

We’ve been to Nobu Melbourne for a great dining experience early this year utilizing our previous 2010|2011 Entertainment Book™. With the current Greater Melbourne 2011|2012 Entertainment Book™ (still offering 25% off the total bill up to $45) we decided to have the ‘lunch boxes’ served at Nobu Melbourne, i.e. Nobu Bento Box.

As always, we took ‘care’ of Lil’ M. first. We ordered a California Roll with Crab and Avocado (Cut Roll, $21). The portion of this cut roll was surprisingly smaller than the Soft Shell Crab (also $21) ordered during our first visit here – same price though (?). Fortunately, it was pretty tasty – we could really get the crab out of it! (yes, we taxed a couple of bits from Lil’ M.’s!)

Here’s what we found in our lunch boxes:

Nobu Bento Box ($46.5 each)

  • Sashimi Salad with Matsuhisa Dressing
  • Chef’s Selection of Assorted Sushi
  • Black Cod Miso
  • Baby Tiger Prawn with Butter Ponzu
  • Sauteed Vegetable with Spicy Garlic Sauce
  • Rice and Miso Soup

The Miso Soup came first.

A stacked of four boxes, Bento Boxes, came shortly …

… two boxes for me, and two boxes for Ms. L., simultaneously revealed in front of us.

Being familiar with Nobu‘s menu, we knew that one box contained the items from the Hot Dish section and the other was filled with items from the Cold Dish and Sushi sections.

Reversely, we tackled the box with Hot Dishes first. It was the box with three compartments. In the ‘middle‘ of that box, we found our ‘precious‘ – the Black Cod with Miso; a must for patrons of Nobu, and you’ll understand after reading my post of  “this one dish who rule them all” at Nobu Melbourne. [with all these LOTR prompts appearing, it really gave me a buzz to post my foodie adventure in New Zealand recently! – to-be-posted]. To the left was the Sauteed Vegetable with Spicy Garlic Sauce served on top of white rice. To the right was the Baby Tiger Prawn with Butter Ponzu. The prawns were really good – perfectly cooked and tasty Ponzu batter.

Next was the Cold Dish box with two compartments. The compartment on the left contained the Sashimi Salad with Matsuhisa Dressing. The slightly seared Salmon Sashimi with the house dressing was fantastic. I think we both had up to four slices each. To the right was the  Chef’s Selection of Assorted Sushi. Although our wait staff mentioned that wasabi was included in the Sushi set, we had to ask for extra to better savor them!

This was yet another unforgettable dining experience at Nobu Melbourne. The service again was excellent and the portions of the Nobu Bento Box was just right for us. We will surely return to Nobu Melbourne for another great meal if time permits 😉

This time around, we didn’t manage to have dessert as we were due to visit the Crown’s Christmas Spectacular (at the Atrium, run till Sunday January 1, 2012, at Crown) and performance by CHIME choir (specific schedule till Sunday December 25, 2011). Here’s a couple of shots from Crown …

Nobu Melbourne
Riverside at Crown Melbourne Australia,
8 Whiteman Street,
Southbank, 3006 Victoria,



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