Four Seasons Hotel Doha, an award-winning oasis-like property ideally located on a private beach in the heart of Doha’s cosmopolitan city, announces – in partnership with acclaimed Chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa – the highly anticipated debut of Nobu Doha opening on Friday, April 17, 2015.
Located at the water’s edge along the Hotel’s private marina, Nobu Doha showcases Chef Matsuhisa’s innovative signature new-style Japanese cuisine complemented by an equally imaginative setting in the 26,000 square-foot (2,415 square metre) contemporary restaurant. 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.
“We are thrilled to open Nobu Doha and offer our discerning guests and Doha residents alike an unrivalled culinary experience – from extraordinary cuisine to awe-inspiring art and design elements, this truly is much more than just sushi and sake,” says Rami Sayess, Regional Vice President and General Manager of Four SeasonsHotel Doha. “The collaboration between Nobu and Four Seasons is a perfect fusion of two celebrated brands, both recognised globally for intuitive service and innovation, and I am extremely excited for the Hotel as we embark on this new chapter together and help redefine the culinary scene in Doha.”
“I’m very excited to finally open our second Nobu in the Middle East,” said Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. “It is an honour for me to be able to share my food and culture with different people around the world. I look forward to new challenges and adventures with the opening of Nobu Doha.”
Chef Matsuhisa, who is celebrating 20 years as a successful chef and restaurateur, is renowned for his loyal clientele of the world’s most affluent celebrities and connoisseurs. Drawing inspiration from Matsuhisa’s classical training as a sushi chef in Tokyo, his life abroad in South America, and his travels around the world, Nobu’s signature style of cuisine is internationally recognised as “new-style Japanese” fare. As a result, Nobu Doha’s menu is influenced by his extensive travels and international training, while also incorporating new creations infusing local ingredients representative of the region. The menu features a repertoire of signature dishes including the yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno, lobster with wasabi pepper sauce, and perhaps Chef Matsuhisa’s most notorious recipe – the black cod miso.
Designed by Chef Matsuhisa’s longtime architect and internationally recognised design partner David Rockwell and his firm Rockwell Group, the restaurant captures a distinct look and feel for Nobu’s largest global outpost. As a clever homage to Doha’s rich pearl diving past, the circular three-story restaurant resembles an ornate coiled shell. Elliptical ribbons of river stone capped with bronze accents form the exterior of the structure and create the three-tiered levels of the restaurant. Inside, Nobu Doha seamlessly transitions the shell-like inspiration throughout the seven distinct dining and lounge areas. Each space incorporates Nobu’s signature design palette influenced by nature, such as warm wood, shimmering glasswork to reflect water elements, and rich layering of textiles.
Ideal for large or small gatherings, the airy dining and lounge spaces include an expansive 134-seat interiordining area; intimate 10-seat sushi counter; two exclusive private dining rooms; a sophisticated White Pearl Bar & Lounge; a stylish Black Pearl Bar & Lounge; and a one-of-a-kind 38-seat roof top lounge that encompasses both indoor and outdoor seating options. Strategically positioned along the Arabian Gulf, guests can experience unobstructed panoramic water or cityscape views, whether dining inside or out.
“Nobu Doha provided us with an amazing and rare opportunity to re-envision a Nobu restaurant from the ground up,” said David Rockwell, Founder and President, Rockwell Group. “The scale of this project allowed us to explore and experiment with materials in new and exciting ways. And the completion of our first freestanding Nobu restaurant represents a wonderful start to our third decade of collaboration with Chef Matsuhisa.”
“Chef Matsuhisa’s cuisine is about materiality, the quality of the ingredients, the translucency of the fish and the combination of colours and textures in every bite,” said Shawn Sullivan, Partner and Studio Leader, Rockwell Group. “For Nobu Doha, we developed a design vocabulary of rich, highly crafted materials influenced by the cuisine and the history and stunning natural beauty of Doha Bay.”
In celebration of the restaurant’s debut at Four Seasons, the Hotel is offering a special Taste of Nobu experience package. The package includes:
- Accommodations in a Premier Room overlooking Nobu Doha and the famed Arabian Gulf, based on a two-night stay
- Exclusive Nobu Doha arrival amenity
- Omakase 10-course Chef’s Tasting Menu for two at Nobu Doha
- Daily breakfast for two
- Nobu Cookbook
- Package starts at USD 1275 (QAR 4650)
いらっしゃいませ or irasshaimase (welcome!) to Nobu Doha and a new era of contemporary dining. Embark on an epicurean adventure this spring and discover where exquisite cuisine meets luxurious hospitality and culture atFour Seasons Hotel Doha. To learn more, or to reserve a getaway with the Taste of Nobu experience package, call +974 4494 8888 or book online.