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Nov 3, 2010 08:30 AM

Nobuo at Teeter House

I also noticed the Circa 1900 website, thinking it had been closed for at least a year. It looks like they bought the site for 4 years up front and it will die off in 3-4 months.

I think we're still waiting for some chowhound to review Nobuo At Teeter House, in that same area. I think it is probably pretty low risk.

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  1. Yes, it's been gone at least two years. The building that housed Circa 1900 now houses the Rose & Crown, a British pub. It has a good beer selection, nice pub atmosphere, and decent fish and chips. I particularly like the chunky tartar sauce.

    As for Nobou, two people active on this board, me and Dmnkly, have both reviewed it favorably on our respective blogs:

    Circa 1900
    628 E Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

    Rose & Crown
    628 E Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

    1. Challenge accpeted :)

      1. ...and I come back from lunch to find that Dmnkly has now posted a second review of Nobuo, this time focusing on the omakase:

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        1. re: exit2lef

          Well my review is not nearly as detailed or have cool pictures, however i did have an item that was not reviewed :) so i can add some stuff

          got the tonkatsu sandwich - the bread: shoku pan that it was on was very good, light buttery and lightly toasted, very good stuffand the pork cutlet was very moist and lightly breaded, and had a wasabi-horseradish soy something sauce on it along with greens and tomatos, wasnt exactly sure what was all in the sauce but it was very good, and i would certainly order it again

          The cole slaw when i ate it on its own was a bit strongish then i had it with the sandwich and it was very good

          The lunch was not too heavy which was nice as well (no food comatose going back to the office), will be back for more interesting and delicious flavors

          The interior is very nicely done, and i like the space a lot, seems like a good place to kick back and have a few sake bombers, after reading skillet doux reviews i certainly want to eat that chef's menu, the back room with the bar in it looked cool as well

          Good lunch, well priced for what you get IMO - one of my friends that i dragged with me was fairly apprehensive about going to a "japanese" place and told some people as we were leaving that it was good and to eat there, as they were looking at the menu in the front of the house...which is always a good sign :)

          1. re: Dapuma

            Noobu update

            If you are going to have a drink there and want an original cocktail, get a Devil's Haircut (what a great name for a drink!) it is amazing and quite potent :)

            two other quick updates: softshell crab sandwich is very good, the ribeye steamed buns leaved something to be desired compared to the other two just isnt as meaty compared to the tonkatsu sandwich, over the next week or two ill try to work my way to the duck salad :)

            1. re: Dapuma

              Thanks for your Nobuo lunch report! Wondering if anyone has posted about the okonomiyaki at dinner time? I don't have time for the omakase and want to pick and choose from the ala carte izakaya menu.

              Nobuo at Teeter House
              622 E Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                "And rounding out our hot dishes was traditional pork and seafood okonomiyaki, with crisp vegetables, shredded aonori, a very tart okonomiyaki sauce and the requisite squirt of tangy mayonnaise. Okonomiyaki is Japanese booze food at its best, and Fukuda's is no exception."

                1. re: azhotdish

                  Thanks, hope I can hear from "Dmnkly" on the style of the okonomiyaki, (e.g., Osaka vs. Hiroshima). Is it crispy and light? Tender? Chewy? Heavy and rubbery? Egg based or only starch in the batter? Texture of the seafood, what kind of seafood? I've had some pretty poor examples at home and am always looking for a good version.

                  While I hesitate to say this since I'm just a visitor here, I'll mention that those on the SF Bay Area board who have their own blogs will often post the text of their reports or a summary to the board as well with a link back for photos or special formatting. I do understand why some don't do that, but do want to say that I very much appreciate the contributions of those who do this and help feed our community. And the bloggers say that they get more exposure for their thoughts via chowhound as well as more cogent and informed comments. But that's in a different region with a different history and things might be work differently there.

                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                    Good suggestion. I have gotten away from posting full reviews here for a variety of reasons, but summaries and links might work.

                    My comments about the oknomiyaki:

                    "Equally filling is the okonomiyaki, a Japanese treat best classified somewhere between a pizza and a pancake. It’s thick and a little gooey with minced pork and shrimp nicely blended in an even mix of flavors. It’s artfully topped with bonito, bits of shaved fish, and drizzled with Japanese mayonnaise."

                    from a blog review I posted recently:


                    1. re: exit2lef

                      I haven't had it yet @ Teeter House, but did order it @ Welcome Diner when he did his "street food" stint - it's as you described. A little crispy on the outside, nice and gooey in the middle, and tons of flavor. Shrimp was the only seafood that I remember being in it. I'd guess there's egg in the mix, but it's not purely egg-based.

                      Welcome Diner
                      924 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85006

                      1. re: azhotdish

                        Appreciate the comments from both of you. I've "reported" to the mods asking them to split off this branch of the discussion with a title for Nobuo. They don't always do it, but I can always ask. Maybe we'll attract additional opinions and reports with a more relevant subject heading.

                        1. re: Melanie Wong

                          I would edit the title to Noobu if i could heh

                          In regards to Rose and Crown, ate there and chips was pretty good, tarter sauce was awesome and much like a relish more so than traditional tarter, - clam chowder, kind of offputting would be the best word...chips were ok, not really crisp enough but not horrible - friend enjoyed the sheppards pie

                          beer selection is great there...if only Man Utd would have won instead of drawn maybe the chips would have tasted better ;p

                          1. re: Dapuma

                            I really like the tartar sauce at Rose & Crown. As you say, it's really textured more like a relish. As I wrote a while back:

                            "The often prosaic condiment that Montgomery Burns once ridiculed as "tar-tar sauce" is given more attention than usual here, with big pieces of pickle throughout the white mayonnaise base. Think of it as a chunky salsa for fried fish."


                            Rose & Crown
                            628 E Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

                            1. re: exit2lef

                              Just an update had the Okonomiyaki the other week, it was amazing, great price for lunch as well - hard to describe it but if you like seafood just order it :)

                              I cant really elaborate more than exit2lef describes it, crispy - bit think but not overly and a little bit gooey but again not overly

                              Hoping to get there this weekend to check out dinner, will report back!

                              1. re: Dapuma

                                I wonder if they'd be willing to prepare the Okonomiyaki without the pork if asked?

          2. Finally made it here for dinner last night...unfortunatly i have to say i was highly disappointed

            Had the Miso Bacon, which is eggplant with bacon and green onions on it, it needed more bacon and came across kind of flavorless

            The seabass was very good, but the portion size was very small

            The carpacio was ok, but again very limited use of the proteins

            Devil's Haircut is still a great drink

            I had been looking forward to going there for dinner based on the pricing for lunch and having good experiences with that...i would have to say stick to lunch...for the price i feel that the portions are much to small and for the portion size with that price they would need be bring binkleys flavor, which they do not

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            1. re: Dapuma

              Just wanted to update on this: have been back quite a few more times for lunch and have enjoyed it every time - it still upsets me dinner was not as good, perhaps i got them on a bad night i dont know - but you cannot beat it for lunch IMO downtown

              Favorite thing about it is, you never feel so stuffed or go into carb overload and can go back to work ready to go

              Had the warm duck salad, which was very good - perhaps the best thing i have had there - grill greens some soy citrus, nice duck, and some onion confit

              2 other cant miss choices:

              Tonkatsu Sandwich: meaty, breaded lightly, great bread, spicy asisan slaw on the side

              Soft Shell Crab Sandwich: the mrs loves it, i dont care for ssc that much but everyone else who has came to lunch over there has enjoyed it

              Interesting to order at least once and make your own decision:

              Okonomiyaki - huge, most filling thing on the menu, very interesting and the only thing i could possibly compare it to is bahn xeo but that wouldnt be the same thing

              The Bun's i would steer clear of, they are ok but not nearly as good as the other items on the menu

              iced teas good value at lunch, if you dont have to work, devils haircut it up :)

              FYI: The tasting menu is canceled because of the Japan situation for several months

              1. re: Dapuma

                Yes, no omakase :(
                I had reservations for last friday and they called letting me know about supply problems with Japan. They were very apologetic though and it was very nice to see Nobuo would rather cancel high $ dinners rather than use inferior ingredients.

              2. re: Dapuma

                We had dinner at Nobuo last night and were pretty disappointed. Our main issue is with the hostess and how we were treated. The food was OK, but overpriced for the quality, not as good as See Saw was and certainly not at James Beard award levels.

                The hostess issue: We had an early reservation (6 PM) and arrived on time to a half full restaurant. We we shown to a four top in the foyer. The foyer has a ridiculously small two top right next to the door and then a four top close by. All patrons walk by both tables to approach to hostess station. The two top was empty, we asked to be moved to another table. The hostess said she could not move us to another table. Just afterward another couple is seated at the two top and they are clearly displeased with it. They ask their waiter to be moved, the hostess tells him no, but he proceeds to find another table for them anyway.

                We were understanding with the denial to be moved and accepted it, but then to have another couple who came in after us be moved was clearly unequal treatment and frankly downright rude and shockingly unprofessional for a restaurant run by such an esteemed chef.

                When this kind of thing happens to me, I'm put in a space where I'm trying to decide how to handle it without making a scene or making the date more unpleasant. Its hard to be very receptive to delicious food when the intitial greeting is so unwelcoming and then to be treated unfairly.

                For these prices, one is paying for a dining experience. This kind of service, to me, is just plain unacceptable. The food was just OK. We had the soft shell shrimp, duck salad and sea bass with mushrooms in parchment. I might have had a totally different outlook had the hostesss not been so rude to us.

                Nobuo at Teeter House
                622 E Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

              3. Just called to make a reservation for omakase and the manager told me the next available Friday was April 22nd. We took the reservation as we could take any Friday in April but just wanted to warn anyone wanting to go to book very far in advance.