Turkey: Nobu Istanbul is set to open in The Ritz-Carlton in Süzer Plaza this month, marking the restaurant’s first Turkish location.
The new edition to the world-famous restaurant’s list of locations will feature exclusive dishes made with fresh ingredients, which reflect both Nobu’s signature style of Japanese dishes with Peruvian flavours, albeit with a Turkish twist. The Istanbul location will also include some Nobu classics like ceviche, tartrates, tiradito, and Black Miso Cod.
The restaurant chain, which now owns and operates twelve of its own hotels as well, began in 1994 in New York under the leadership of chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro, and Meir Teper.
Chef Nobu said: “The historical background of Istanbul will bring a completely different dimension to the restaurant and the city’s high energy and classic Turkish flavours will perfectly blend with our distinguished menu.”
Nobu Istanbul, which provides views of Bosphorus and Istanbul’s skyline, was designed by architect Severine Tatangelo of PCH Design Studio Architect. The restaurant spans 1000 square metres, across two storeys, with its own entrance.
The Süzer Plaza, which contains both The Ritz-Carlton Istanbul and the new Nobu İstanbul, is a multifunctional space. The plaza, which was built by Süzer Group, features hotels, residences, offices, an art gallery, and the consulates of many foreign nations.
The plaza underwent a major renovation in 2019. Due to this renovation, Nobu Istanbul is located next to a new lobby lounge, terrace, and bar.
Baran Süzer, vice chairman of Süzer Group, said: “Nowadays, when investments in the tourism sector are slowing down to a halt around the world, I believe this investment from Süzer Group will add great excitement to Istanbul and significant value to the world of food and drink.”
In the last year, Nobu has also announced expansions into Marrakech and Hamburg. Each project features a planned hotel and restaurant.