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A rare chance to experience the creations of an elusive chef

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Time-limited luxuries

Image: Robert Voller

January 20 2011
Sibéal Pounder

Jetting to London in February, the elusive chef Nobu Matsuhisa will take the helm of his eponymous restaurant on Old Park Lane to play host for three evenings only.

Held in the private dining room, the intimate dinners will feature the revered chef’s latest Umami dishes (think king crab tempura with chawan mushi and grilled Wagyu steak drizzled with wakame miso sauce). Umami, the “fifth taste” (its fellow savouries being salty, sweet, sour and bitter), is famously key to Nobu’s food fusions, and guests will be treated to a talk by Nobu-san (first picture) about his most recent Umami creations – from the traditions surrounding them to the culinary techniques used to create them.

He will also be imparting his wisdom on sake – choosing a complementary tipple to accompany each course, including the rare Cho-Daiginjo YK-35 made with Yamada Nishiki rice and Nobu’s own exclusive sake blend.

Each dinner seats 60 guests, and will be held on February 11, 12 and 13. This is sure to be one of the hottest gastronomic draws in town, and it’s advisable to book early. Tickets cost £260.