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Nobu gets a taste for tourism in Spain

Press Association logoPress Association 13/04/2017 Aine Fox

The first Nobu restaurant in Spain will open its doors in May, serving up the chain's world-famous cuisine with a local twist.

Renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa said it is "exciting" to bring his signature dishes to the five-star Puente Romano beach resort in Marbella.

The restaurant will be followed by a Nobu Hotel, due to open next northern spring, bringing the mix of luxury and relaxation the chef's boutiques are known for, to the Costa del Sol.

Pitched as a destination for holidaymakers and business travellers alike, the 81-room hotel will feature a private pool and 24-7 Nobu dining for guests.

It will join a beachside resort that already features a golf course, tennis club and the Six Senses spa.

The Nobu restaurant will take up a spot in the resort's Plaza area, alongside a host of other eateries, including local chef Dani Garcia's two Michelin star offering.

On a recent visit to the resort, set along the Golden Mile between Marbella and Puerto Banus, where he cooked alongside Garcia during the A Cuatro Manos food event, Nobu said he is pleased at the quality of fresh seafood that will be readily available for his chefs.

The 68-year-old, whose restaurants are favoured by celebrities across the globe, said: "It's very exciting. Marbella is very good for seafood.

"Spanish food is very simple, just like Japan. So you eat normal product, not too much complication. That's why I like the Spanish food."

His creations are a unique Japanese-Peruvian mix - he prefers to use the term "Nobu-style" rather than fusion.

But alongside some of his best-known dishes such as Black Cod Miso, Nobu Marbella will serve up speciality plates inspired by the local cuisine.

He confessed no visit to Spain is complete for him unless he samples a particular must-have local dish - Angulas (baby eels).

Garcia said of the seafood on offer: "Probably the best fish in the world are here and Japan."

The Spanish chef told how he is looking forward to having a Nobu restaurant alongside his own.

He said: "For me, he [Nobu] is more than a hero. He is a person who has all my respect.

"Nobu changed a lot of things. Nobu changed the world with his mentality, with his contemporary Japanese food. And now everybody copies him."

While the Nobu restaurant will be open for all guests of the Adalusian village-style resort to dine in, those who choose to stay in the Nobu Hotel itself can look forward to special extras, including round-the-clock in-room dining, or sushi by the pool.

The hotel, modelled by Spanish interior designer Jean-Pierre Martel, is expected to feature natural materials and neutral colours to give it a comfortable and simple feel, in keeping with both the Nobu look, and fitting the recently refurbished resort's contemporary style.

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