leave your inhibitions at the door
Boom Boom’s Christmas gift to me was a nice little weekend getaway to Miami a couple weeks ago. It was so great to escape the crappy Michigan winter and unwind from the stress of the holidays. Although I suppose “stress” isn’t the right word – more like aggravation. As in, the aggravation of having houseguests for way longer than expected. It was her family, so maybe it was just as much a gift to herself as it was to me. Whatevs, I’ll take it.
We stayed at the Eden Roc hotel which, like the neighboring Fountainbleu, is a resort that had its heyday back in the 1950s, went through some neglect, and has recently been stylishly updated. The last time I was in Miami was about ten years ago. Based on that experience I was slightly bummed that we weren’t going to be on South Beach, but it turns out that we were much better off. Either my tastes have changed significantly or South Beach has gotten ultra-touristy since then. Or, more likely, I had quite a bit of alcohol back then and don’t remember how cheesy it was. Eden Roc had a nice, chill atmosphere which was exactly what we needed.
The other great part about Eden Roc was the main restaurant was Nobu. The original Nobu was created by acclaimed celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa and Robert DeNiro in the early 1990s. It’s still considered of the NYC’s great restaurants and has since opened in several cities around the world.
We left our house that morning at 4:30 AM and arrived at the hotel around 1PM. In that time the only things we had to eat were a couple bags of peanuts on the flight. We were ready to eat our carry-on luggage.
We started off with a couple cocktails…
The menu was divided into “Nobu Classics” and “Nobu Now.” From the “Classics” side were
From the “Nobu Now” side –
Any hype that Nobu has is well-deserved. Just about everything we had was well-conceived and prepared. The black cod is Nobu’s signature dish for a reason – the fish melted in our mouths and the miso marinade added the perfect amount of flavor while still letting the subtle fish shine. It was magical. Even though the yellowtail was swimming in sauce, it’s delicate flavors and texture still came through. The okra was the silent assassin of the meal – completely unexpected and killer. Our least favorite items were the two rolls, however they’re still better than what most sushi restaurants serve.
We ordered all that food because we were famished and the portions were really, really small. Since Nobu is a world-famous restaurant located in a recently renovated resort, you’d probably think that it would be really expensive.
But it wasn’t expensive at all – if you’re the Sultan of Brunei or someone who regularly drops $250 on a quick, casual lunch. If we had to do it all again, we probably would’ve eaten SOMETHING before we got there.