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Nomu, a Japanese Omakase restaurant tucked away on a quiet side street in busy Tsim Sha Tsui, offers an intriguing and delightful fine-dining experience, one that combines the pleasures of exquisite food and well-curated wines.

We chose Nomu – which means “to drink” – for its unique offerings: premium and unique sakes and wines paired with top-quality seasonal seafood and other high-end ingredients sourced directly from Japan, and prepared by experienced chefs who are passionate about serving the finest sushi and Kaiseki cuisine to discerning guests.

Nomu is the creation of its owner Ray Cheng, a former architect whose passion to create an exceptional dining experience for his guests is palpable. Nomu’s setting is cosy, understated, and intimate, with a maximum seating of 18 guests. Its décor is distinctly Japanese: simple, elegant and pleasing. A sushi bar allows you to watch the chefs prepare each dish with consummate skill.

The essence of Omakase – which means eating dishes selected by a chef – is in trusting the chef to tailor and select a balanced meal with the best ingredients available for the day. Doing it well requires not only mastering the techniques of preparing sushi, sashimi and Kaiseki cuisines which can take years to perfect, but also an extensive knowledge of the famed Japanese fish markets, their suppliers and the availability of the best seasonal products.

Nomu also takes great care in choosing the finest sakes and wines to pair with the dishes. Its menu features over 100 sakes, including rare and by-request-only bottles. That means that dining at Nomu delivers the rare experience of a combination of food and wine that lasts long after the last bite and sip.

Nomu offers three dinner options: Tasting Menu ($880) for smaller portions; Prix-Fixe Menu($1,180), which includes set courses; and Chef’s Table Experience ($1,880), comprising the ultimate no-menu dining experience. It also offers several lunch options ranging from $280 to $580.

For our meal, we chose the Chef’s Table Experience, accompanied by a nice, cold sake from a discerning sake maker from Japan, with its own proprietary water source, the essence of fine sakemaking, we were told.

The dishes came without pause, starting with a combination of delectable cooked starters that included grilled oyster, prawn, deep-fried fish and the always delicious uni, or sea urchin. Nomu

painstakingly seeks out the best sea urchin from throughout Hokkaido, as witnessed by a dish featuring three kinds of uni served on a tray. Nomu’s Omakase meal is notable for its deliberate and artful preparation. A beautiful plate of five seafood items – sweet shrimp, tuna and scallop – is particularly camera-worthy, as is a collection of sushi items. The wagyu beef cubes are succulent and tender, matched with a perfect seasoning. The coup de grace of the meal, though, must be the toro tuna, which practically melts in the mouth – an amazing sensation for the palate.

By the time we had finished an ice cream dessert, we’d consumed more food and wine than we realised, leaving us sated and contented. Dining at Nomu was a total treat. We strongly recommend it if you are looking for a memorable bespoke Japanese dining experience where wine and food blend perfectly together.■

 

3/F, Rich Tower, 2 Blenheim Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
 

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