Can you sense the serious making up he had to do? I laid the guilt trip on big time! Ha ha! Well the way to my heart is through good food so on this rainy Saturday he offers to take me to Nobu for lunch. I'm not really going to let this offer go and boy am I going to milk it for it's entire worth! We haven't done much fine dining yet in Melbourne as there's just been too much other stuff to do and my fine dining frocks and heels are all in the container that is due to arrive in a week and a half but heck with an offer of Nobu for lunch, I'd go in a bin bag!
We start off with a gin and tonic for Steve to chase those beer cobwebs away and a Pink Dragonfly for me which is Belvedere pink grapefruit vodka, Pama pomegranate liqueur and Yuzu liqueur shaken and served tall. Very pink and very refreshing. I love days when the first thing to hit my stomach is alcohol. I can just feel my liver whirring into action.
The accompanying miso soup and rice were a little late in coming out. Has to be said that although the food was sublime the service was a bit hit and miss. The hostess at the door was very attentive and the waitress that took our order was good in the beginning but then not sure whether it was shift change or it got a bit busier but our wine glasses weren't filled on one occasion, water glasses weren't topped up and then the rice and soup were delayed so just a little off really.
Whilst I'm on the list of slightly negative issues, there were a few kids in the restaurant. I have no problems with kids in restaurants. I love seeing little kids eat unusual things and enjoy them. I used to be that kid! What does annoy me is when they run wild in a restaurant that isn't set up for kids running around. Take me to Wacky Warehouse and I have no problems with errant children crawling between seats and standing on tables but in a place like this; no thank you!
So we have one cute kid who is eating what looks like carrot cut like spaghetti with Mickey Mouse training chopsticks and then he moves onto rice and he is enjoying it with gusto. There's carrot and rice on the table, on the floor, all over his face and then the maitre'd comes and puts a napkin on his lap. As if that will help! So sweet as he's just enjoying it so much. Personally raw carrot and rice isn't my menu of choice but he has a great attitude.
Then we have the two kids that sit everywhere there is a spare table and not at their own. Mum and dad just let them run wild and scrabble round on the floor. At one point they chase each other round the central bank of tables in big circles. I wanted to stick my leg out to trip them over! Mum beckons with her hand for one of them to come over. Yeah like that's going to work. So she goes over to him and picks him up to bring him back to the table only for him to run off again. If he were my child, one look and he'd come sidling over and would stay put until it's time to leave! As my sister says, we wouldn't have dared to behave badly when we kids. We were ruled with an iron fist and just one look from mum and dad and we'd come to heel!
Anyway I'm going off tangent. Back to the delectable food.
In conclusion, it was a lovely long lunch and I am very excited about returning for Christmas Day. Two slight blemishes on the afternoon were the unruly children and the erratic service but I'm prepared to take those as the food was just yumtastic.