The Nobu group, co-founded by Robert De Niro, opened a luxurious hotel in Morocco. There is a restaurant celebrating the cuisine of chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, as well as a Rooftop Garden which stands out as the new place to go out of the ocher city.
The former imperial city was chosen by the Nobu group to host its first hotel on African soil. A location in the Hivernage district, which reaffirms the attractiveness of Marrakech.
All the locations bearing the name “Nobu,” co-founded by Robert De Niro, revolve around a culinary experience curated by chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa. In the case of this particular establishment, formerly known as “The Pearl,” the focus remains on the two restaurants which serve as its main attractions. The hotel features 71 rooms adorned with decorative elements by Jacques Garcia, the previous designer of the space. While the coherence of the design varies, the recent renovation has brought back a sense of brightness and freshness throughout the rooms, lobby, and the expansive 2,000 m² spa. The overall ambiance exudes tranquility and an Asian-inspired zen, enhanced by the hotel’s modest size compared to its larger neighboring hotels in the Hivernage area.
On the ground floor, the signature “Nobu” restaurant exudes a Japanese atmosphere with the huge sushi counter behind which the brigade greets you with a resounding “Irasshaimase”! Wood, present everywhere, has been skilfully crafted by interior designers Stevani & Silva, also behind the lounge-style furniture.
On the plate, we find the spirit of the place’s co-creator, Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, champion of the fusion of Japanese and South American cuisines. His favorite dishes are of course on the menu, such as miso-lacquered black cod or yellowtail jalapeño (thin slices of amberjack with peppers). As well as a multitude of sushi and delicate bites offered in a blind “Omakase” menu. This is made by Giulio Lombardi, the executive chef of “Nobu”, whose Italian origins can be seen from the hotel’s giant roof terrace, the Rooftop Garden, where the second table stands: here the pastas are paired with Moroccan and Asian specialities, the cocktail menu also plays on this dialogue. This rooftop, the only one in Marrakech to offer a 360 degree view of the medina, the Koutoubia minaret and the Atlas mountains, is the new place to go out.
Price: Room from 390 euros, Omakase menu at 100 euros.
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