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Nov 16, 2008 01:40 PM

nobu vs. bond street south beach

which one is better? Does either one have outdoor seating? And would it be awkward to bring children?

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  1. Let me try to respond before this post goes up a 7th time!
    - I have not been to Bond St. since the most recent chef change, but I'd say generally Nobu is a clear step above Bond St. Bond St. is more of a lounge-y type place that serves sushi and a short list of cooked foods. The food I've had has been pretty good, but Nobu's is better - especially if you've never been to a Nobu before.
    - I don't believe that either has outdoor seating.
    - I wouldn't call either particularly kid-friendly, though Nobu is probably moreso than Bond St.

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    1. re: Frodnesor

      Bond St. is more of a lounge than a traditional sit-down restaurant and its not a place for kids at all. Nobu is more of a restaurant but I wouldnt take kids there either. Nobu is better overall but Bond Street has better sushi.

      1. re: Blind Mind

        did the tasting menu there about 3 years ago and it was so typical that we swore never to go back, it was insulting when the table next to you was being flown to Japan first class and you were stuck on standby hoping for an economy seat and paid the same fare.

        found Bond tough to eat sushi off of foot stools.

        1. re: jmdhsmiami

          I had a similarly disappointing experience with the omakase on my last visit ->

          Nonetheless, for someone who has never been to Nobu, the "signature menu" which is sort of their greatest hits would probably be a good experience, or putting together your own selection of the good stuff a la carte.

          1. re: Frodnesor

            Ive never done the omakase at Nobu. No desire to I guess. My faves are the rock shrimp tempura (the spicy one), miso black cod, and the hamachi jalepeno.

    2. so argument of which is better aside, has anyone been to either and felt it was worth the price? My experience in Nobu was a distinct no. Then again according to the website it's about ambiance:

      "Nestled in the ultra chic Shore Club, Nobu adds a level of class and sophistication to the legendary nightlife spot. The white curtain enveloped Nobu Lounge is “the place to be seen" where locals, visitors, connoisseurs, and socialites convene."

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      1. re: Icantread

        very few restaurants in hotels in Miami Beach warrant a "worth the price" label. Every restaurant here is about ambiance with the exception of maybe Azul where you are going to get a good meal that could be worth the price, none of them are worth the price IMO

        maybe Red Light which is good, they are located in Blu Motel on Biscayne : ) and are not that expensive and you have ambiance to of a canal that a dead body could be found floating!

        1. re: jmdhsmiami

          I'll give you Red Light, and in all fairness fish were jumping last time I went. (I didn't know things could live in there either), and the Shore Club really is a beautiful property.

        2. re: Icantread

          In fairness that quote is about the bar/lounge space outside the restaurant, not the restaurant itself.

          As to value, my first 2 omakase experiences at Nobu were excellent and, at around $100, on par with other comparably priced "high-dining" experiences (though the service and ambience are not at the same level). I was disappointed in my most recent visit which was 50% more expensive and at those prices I have little tolerance for disappointment.

          I will go back at some point but am torn as to whether to go omakase route or just pick my own faovrites. It has also always frustrated me that the restaurant does not have an actual sushi bar.

          JM - these days you're more likely to find a manatee than a dead body floating in the Little River. Though I'll give you that the Shore Club is probably a slightly nicer hotel than the Motel Blu.

        3. Nobu in Miami is very good as are all of their other locations. The food is always very consistent and quality is top notch. The atmosphere isnt as nice as some other their other locations (Aspen, 57th Street NYC, etc) but its still not bad. There is no outdoor seating -- its not really a good place to bring children, although I am sure you could... they also allow you to sit in the "lobby" out front of the actual restaurant if you want to.

          If you want Japanese food (especially cooked dishes) Nobu is the place to go.