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Nobu Malibu, on the beach side of PCH, has anyone been ??? Is it a decent place to get a couple of drinks and maybe a tartare or a dish or two, i mean the food probably sucks, but how's the view and eye candy.??????????????

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  1. Yes. Phenomenal view. Food's the same as any Nobu. Great place for drinks (also applies to Nikita next door). Phenomenal eye candy. Celeb central (weeknights).

    Larry Ellison is a rich genius.

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    1. re: J.L.

      Ok, I will hit it up just for a drink.

      1. re: kevin

        If you're going for drinks.......CALL ME!!

        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

          Ok will do.

          But I don't have your number. :)

        2. re: kevin

          Have a second drink next door at Nikita, which may be my go-to place for nice drinks with out of towners.

          1. re: Wayno

            I've been dying to check that place out.....perhaps with some girlfriends, or when my MIL is in town in a few weeks.

        3. re: J.L.

          Yeah,he just bought Lanai, almost the most expensive spot in the world. Its like hearing that someone just purchased the west side of heaven
          This is in total disregard of ALOHA! which plainly states you cannot BUY the land.

        4. It is one of the most beautiful restaurants I've ever seen. I've only been for a private party, where the food was quite good, but i don't know how I'd feel about it if I were ordering off the menu and paying the tab myself. Definitely worth it though to go on a beautiful day and have a drink on the deck.

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            1. re: cookie monster

              in 100% agreement. Probably the most beautiful restaurant in Los Angeles.

              1. Nobu Malibu serves candy???????

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                1. re: Porthos

                  I sure hope so.

                  After that great raw fish, you need the sweetness of some candy to wash it all down.

                  1. re: Porthos

                    The candy is just like most multi-tiered wedding cakes.

                    Ok to look, best not to touch.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      Nobu Malibu is a BYOC (bring your own candy) type of place...

                      1. re: J.L.

                        And you really don't want to touch someone else's candy unless of course they are willing to share, or the candy is left all alone.

                  2. I have an uber-rich buddy who's always inviting me to join his "boozy brunch" on weekends at Nobu Malibu. The only problem is that he's never once offered to pay.

                    :(

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                    1. re: JeMange

                      How is it an "invite" if your megagazillionaire buddy is never picking up the tab ?????

                      If he does decide to pay one day, please invite me a long too.

                      Nuff said.

                      1. re: kevin

                        It's an invite as in, "yeah, you should join us for a boozy brunch today." Not as in, "I'm hosting a brunch at Nobu, Malibu. Please come."

                        He's the type who is so frickin' rich that it never occurs to him that other's might not have the cheddar to throw around.

                        1. re: JeMange

                          I see. Damn.

                          It's fitlthy fucking rich. Get it right. :)

                          Well, it's brunch, how expensive is it going toe be ?????

                          1. re: kevin

                            You know, that's a good question.

                            I actually just looked at the menu and the answer is, "less than I expected." I'll be replying "Y" to his next text.

                            1. re: JeMange

                              Good man.

                              And then please report back.

                              I always wondered what a sushi bar would serve for brunch.

                        2. re: kevin

                          How do you think they got....

                          soooooo rich?

                          1. re: J.L.

                            In this particular case, he made his money the old fashioned way - he inherited it.

                                1. re: J.L.

                                  I tend to agree but this guy ain't frugal and his money is as old as it gets.

                                  But I (we) digress...

                                  1. re: J.L.

                                    Yeah. But why does old money oh so despise the Nuevo richers. ???????

                                    1. re: J.L.

                                      Old money is carefully handled money, not always frugal.
                                      Any of his 'friends' who expect him to automatically pay at Nobu, because he's filthy rich, may not really be his 'friend's OR he's fully aware they know he's rich and he doesn't want to come off as a 'show off', always paying for everything.
                                      He's fully aware of all the nuances acts accordingly.

                                      1. re: latindancer

                                        Thank you for jumping in and presuming that you understand the dynamic based on a few characters typed into a food message board.

                                        Your skills of deduction must be highly prized elsewhere.

                                        1. re: JeMange

                                          When our son was in elementary school his best friend had parents who were wealthy with a capital W (they built a 40,000 sq ft home on 2 acres in Beverly Hills and had a G5 for getting around in). One Saturday when the wife and I had the kids out for the day and stopped someplace up in the Glen for lunch and I got out my wallet to pay the wife reached over put her hand on my mine and said in the nicest possible way "Please, don't be foolish" and proceeded to pay.

                                          1. re: Servorg

                                            To treat or not to treat based on economic disparity turns out to be highly personal.

                                            The guy I was referencing above is generous with his money - we were out last weekend and he insisted on buying multiple rounds of delicious, top shelf booze - but he's also so in the bubble of being rich it doesn't occur to him that others might not have the same financial wherewithal.

                                            For example, he's repeatedly asked me to join him on trips to places like St. Petersburg and Reykjavik “for the weekend” with no awareness that I might not have the cash to casually drop everything and spend $20k for three nights of debauchery.

                                            I have another friend who doesn't have the same blue blood pedigree but still has loads of dough. He runs the corp/financial law department of a giant firm here in LA. This guy, unlike my blue-blooded friend, NEVER lets anyone pay. In fact, he's told me repeatedly that picking up tabs makes him feel good. It doesn't hurt that he's in charge of approving expense reports at said giant law firm.

                                            1. re: JeMange

                                              I will say people are different.

                                              Money is money.

                                          2. re: JeMange

                                            Whoa…

                                            I may not know the person of whom you speak but I can assure you I understand the dynamic of 'old money'.

                                            1. re: latindancer

                                              My apologies, M'lord.

                                              I didn't realize I was speaking to Thurston Howell III.

                                        1. re: latindancer

                                          Frugality implies carefully handling... :-) It is indeed complicated with each high net worth individual.

                                      2. re: J.L.

                                        Is that a rhetorical question ????? Mr. JL :)

                                  2. If you can go to Nobu and only drink with a side of tartare or a dish or two I'll give you 100 bucks. There is, in my opinion, nothing that compares in this fair city.
                                    The view, the food, the ambiance…
                                    Does it get any better?

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                                    1. re: latindancer

                                      You will really give me 100 bucks ?????

                                      Latindancer, I accept your offer.

                                      You have got yourself a deal.

                                      1. re: latindancer

                                        I have not done it personally, but friends who live in Malibu told me that one can indeed walk in at 5/5:30, have a drink, and enjoy the view.

                                      2. It is GORGEOUS; the food remains great, but as a regular patron of the 'old' Nobu, it is somewhat of a disappointment. The vibe has gone from neighborhood to corporate.

                                        1. Yeah, I was there a couple weeks ago with an old girlfriend - we ate at the bar. Place had a fun vibe. I could do it alone sometime.

                                          1. Great car watching...I went on a Friday evening and could not believe the parking lot. Unfortunately we could not get anything close to a comfortable spot at the bar to sit and enjoy cocktails with the setting and scene. I am sure it is great if you figure out a way to reserve some deck seats.

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                                            1. re: Ciao Bob

                                              Maybe I'll have to hit it early on a weekday. While playing hookey.

                                              1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                I'd bet $ you can get a seat at the bar tonight ;). I'd bet my house you can get a seat on the deck tonight too.....

                                                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                    On a Friday night ????? Any one ?

                                                    Or do you mean because of the Hurricane ?

                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                      The inclement weather I believe is the issue.

                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                        Hurricane?? Have you ever been in a hurricane?! This is a rain storm, don't let the hype on the news make you believe any different.

                                                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                          Reminds me of when I was at Logan airport on the way to Rykjavik during Hurricaine Sandy. The Icelandics on the flight were not impressed. This thing you guys call "hurricane"...[chuckle, shake of the head]

                                                        2. re: kevin

                                                          More like cataclysmic drizzle.

                                                    2. Looking to hit up Nobu on a Saturday around 5ish after the Getty in a couple of weeks.
                                                      Did you go Kevin?

                                                      Gonna hit up the happy hour $3 drink specials and the $5 sushi rolls specials on the deck...ha ha ha

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                                                      1. re: Beach Chick

                                                        Beautiful setting, decent food and saw Kanye and Kim there last month.

                                                        1. re: macdog

                                                          That might make it a no-go for me. Anyone but kanyekim.

                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                            Hey now, get your useless chimeric celeb nomenclature right:

                                                            It's Kimye.

                                                            1. re: J.L.

                                                              That sounds like a sushi bar.

                                                              by the way what is a "chimeric celeb nomenclature"?????

                                                              I understand none of those words.

                                                            2. re: macdog

                                                              Ewww. .

                                                              I live next door to a famous movie star and I wouldn't give you two cents for their lives.

                                                            3. re: Beach Chick

                                                              You know what ?????

                                                              I actually haven't gone yet if you can believe. I got sidetracked till now.

                                                              But now that the weather is so great ....

                                                              1. re: kevin

                                                                Get out there and report back!
                                                                ; )

                                                              2. re: Beach Chick

                                                                You're goings o find celebs and non celebs but just uber rich no matter when you go, so if you really want to go, get over that.

                                                                Also be prepared for the sticker shock that is the valet.

                                                                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                  You can avoid the expensive valet by taking the 534 bus up PCH.

                                                                  Mr Taster

                                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                                      I do.

                                                                      But I meant it as a joke.

                                                                      I'd have HUGE respect to any Chowhound who would show up to a Nobu Malibu reservation on an MTA bus.

                                                                      HUGE respect.

                                                                      Mr Taster

                                                                    2. re: Mr Taster

                                                                      That's just crazy talk. Honestly, if you can't stomach the valet, you shouldn't be going to Nobu anyway.

                                                                      1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                        Is it possible to find a space along PCH ?

                                                                        1. re: kevin

                                                                          I suppose anything is possible. But not likely..... I don't know, honestly, I'm not scouring the shoulder for spots when I go up there.....

                                                                          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                            I just cracked up a bit.

                                                                            I hear ya.

                                                                            Some of us for some reason will always refuse valet for whatever reason.

                                                                            1. re: kevin

                                                                              Yea, I get it. I wouldn't mind paying the ten bucks if the poor schlub was running down PCH to get your car. But they literally park it in the dedicated lot about 8 feet from the entrance..... I guess Chart House does the same thing so, whatevs.....

                                                                              1. re: kevin

                                                                                You can probably find parking on the opposite side of PCH along the curb, but you have to ask yourself, how much is your life worth to save the Valet charge? You may run across PCH safely *before* you eat and drink at Nobu. But what are your odds of getting back to your car without becoming a hood ornament on someone's "Gun Sight" of their S550?

                                                                                1. re: Servorg

                                                                                  Sevrog, exceptional point.

                                                                                  It's just the cost of patronage there.

                                                                                2. re: kevin

                                                                                  I paid $45 for 1 hr parking in NYC several years ago while dining at Yasuda... LA parking is cheap as heck.

                                                                                  1. re: Sgee

                                                                                    Wow.

                                                                                    Even better is a parking space in mainland China that rang about 150,000 per month ?????

                                                                                    I don't have the link.

                                                                                    But in the US we ain't gots nothing on parking in China.

                                                                                    Btw, I'm presuming there's no valet in NYC and if there was every single valet would charge a minimum of $25 before tax, tips, and the Blasio coffers, right ????

                                                                                    And did it only take you one hour for the Sushi Yasuda omakase ?????

                                                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                                                      NYC typical parking, drive into a lot and hand your keys to them so they can park the car 1" besides the next car to optimize space. Not really valet....

                                                                                      It was a business meeting, dined at a table and just ordered ala carte.

                                                                                      1. re: Sgee

                                                                                        i see

                                                                                        cool

                                                                                        no worries

                                                                                        but more importantly how much was the meal and what you have ??????? to keep it chowish of course ????

                                                                                    2. re: Sgee

                                                                                      What did you expect for Manhattan??? Nobody drives there but the cabbies & bus drivers.... Different world.

                                                                          2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                            What...no free validation..
                                                                            What is the cost of valet?
                                                                            Thanks Dirty!

                                                                              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                Or $3 for a round trip bus ride.

                                                                                Mr Taster

                                                                                1. re: Mr Taster

                                                                                  And $7 towards your first drink to whet the proverbial whistle.

                                                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                                                    pack a few 40s for the ride instead

                                                                                    1. re: jessejames

                                                                                      They let you drink on the bus??? Now there's a classy way to arrive......

                                                                                        1. re: jessejames

                                                                                          Yup. Like the Most Interesting Man in the World Says:

                                                                                          "When I don't want to pay for Nobu's Valet,

                                                                                          I take the bus and some forties in brown bags.

                                                                                          Stay Classy, My Friends."

                                                                                                1. re: ns1

                                                                                                  As a public service, I'm providing Mr Taster's Obscure Acronym Translation of the Day™

                                                                                                  DD: "designated driver"

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                                                                                                  1. re: Mr Taster

                                                                                                    HTF do people not know what DD means?

                                                                                                    srsly omg wtf lol

                                                                                                    I'm still working on ISFIA (i searched for it already) and will start up "COMYAKOL", which means "cranky old man yelling at kids on lawn".

                                                                                                    1. re: ns1

                                                                                                      That surely sounds like Mr Taster or maybe perhaps sevrog.

                                                                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                                                                        Hey - I figured DD was a description of a well endowed female...

                                                                                                          1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                            That's what I was getting at. No bun intended.

                                                                                        2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                          $10 isn't obscene...the $14 I paid at Bazaar was, though...I'll never return (also, the fact that the best, and only memorable item, was sliced ham!)

                                                                                          1. re: manku

                                                                                            I didn't refer to it as obscene.....just that it bugged me because he parked it in the dedicated lot about 8 feet from where we were standing.....

                                                                                  2. Did you ever end up going?

                                                                                    I went for lunch today and ate at the sushi bar. I was the only person at the sushi bar around 2 o'clock, probably because I was the only person dumb enough to sit with my back to the ocean on a lovely day.

                                                                                    Anyways, ordered about 10 pieces of nigiri. The fish was okay but the rice was sad. Dense and clumpy and out of proportion to the fish.

                                                                                    On a positive note, the chef was quite pleasant and the restaurant is gorgeous. The bill came out to $86 before tip. If I ever go again I'll stick to prepared dishes.

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                                                                                    1. re: onelabne

                                                                                      Nobu's forte is not his nigiri. It's his Peruvian-inspired fusion dishes.

                                                                                    2. Did you ever end up going?

                                                                                      I went for lunch today. I was the only person at the sushi bar around 2 o'clock, probably because I was the only person dumb enough to sit with my back to the ocean on a lovely day.

                                                                                      Anyways, ordered about 10 pieces of nigiri. The fish was okay but the rice was sad. Dense and clumpy and out of proportion to the fish.

                                                                                      On a positive note, the chef was quite pleasant and the restaurant is gorgeous. The bill came out to $86 before tip. If I ever go again I'll stick to prepared dishes.