Last year, Nozomi burst onto the restaurant scene, eagerly earning itself the title of Time Out’s Best Newcomer award. The Japanese restaurant has proven itself to be a serious contender ever since, winning the coveted title of Favourite Japanese Restaurant just yesterday at the FACT Dining Awards. Expect picture-perfect sushi, plentiful theatrics and a stunning sea view. Need we say more?
An immediate success in London and Riyadh, we arrive at Nozomi Doha with high hopes. The seafront location is idyllic, with panoramic views across the bay and the opulent Marsa Malaz Kempinski Hotel twinkling in the background. Inside, it’s romantic and intimate with dark, mahogany panelling and baby blue furnishings adorning the space. The whereabouts of the kitchen is unknown so our food seems to appear as if out of nowhere, dish by dish with minimal waiting time.
A sashimi selection is first to arrive to the table. Presentation is faultless, served on a large stone overflowing with theatrical dry ice. Quality is outstanding and service even better with dishes being delivered every few minutes from then on. The rock shrimp is moorish, velvety in texture and smothered in that delicious, butter soft sauce. Sushi is over seasoned, but supremely fresh and there’s a lovely added texture from the tempura flakes.
For main, it’s kobe beef and black cod. Two hunky slabs of beef are presented on authentic hot stones with an accompanying wafu sauce. The beef is tender and cooked to perfect – perhaps lacking a little smokiness but otherwise impressive. The black cod is an unassuming highlight with a rich, miso flavour that nearly rivals Nobu. Not quite though.
Dessert is a spectacularly rich, chocolate fondant with signature Nozomi vanilla ice cream. Our favourite fondant to date. A couple of quirky, zesty additions to the dessert menu would be the perfect ending to a meal here.
For reservations, call +974 4035 5089
Marsa Malaz Kempinski
The Pearl, Doha, Qatar