Weekend in downtown Phoenix
My DH and I are headed to Phoenix this weekend and have reservations at Nobuo and Province. Sadly, omakase is no longer available at Nobuo but they have a 4 course tasting option available. Should we commit to the 4 course option in advance or stick with ordering off the regular menu? Also, any suggestions other than Province? We really would prefer to stay downtown as we are going to "Stand Up Live" later in the evening. Any thoughts would be appreciated!
We've noshed off Nobuo's regular menu and also had the limited 4 course tasting menu last summer (which is only on Friday and Saturday now, right?). Preferred the tasting menu, with the wagyu beef extra-cost option (this was excellent, a small charcoal grill and you cooked the meat yourself in miso sauce on a large leaf ... really tender).
I like District, I think you'd be happy with a meal or nosh there.
I did the four-course tasting at Nobuo last week (we had to add on the miso foie gras, too) and I think it's a good option if you want to see his breadth without ordering the whole menu. It starts with a seasonal vegetable plate (his kimchi ... oh, so good), four different dishes, and then goes to the sashimi plate, with three dishes, one his classic grapefruit and hamachi. Then a hot course, either fish or meat. My dessert also had three tastes, although they were also offering a straight dark chocolate tofu mousse option.
On the other hand, if you are doing a greater North American okonomiyaki tour and also know you want to try his steamed pork belly buns and and have decided also not to miss my favorite all-time Nobuo dish, the shiromi carpaccio which I happen to think is perfection and could eat any night, well, I don't think you'll go away disappointed, either.
Short answer: it will not suck, either way. Long answer: for a party of four or more, a la carte may be the way to go, as long as people share. For a small party, the tasting menu offers a lot more variety.