We came here for dinner on our second night in Atlantis after two terrible meals at Cafe Martinique and Olives, so we were overjoyed when we discovered that Nobu actually has good food--so much so that we came back here for our last dinner too rather than trying a new place.
Over both nights, we had:
Sashimi of mackerel, anago, and live conch
Sushi of uni, ikura, octopus, mackerel, and anago
"Nobu style" cracked conch
Mushroom toban yaki
Mixed vegetable tempura (shojin)
One seafood tempura (don't remember which one--maybe squid)
Everything was excellent. Having lived in Vancouver and Seattle and travelled through Japan, I know exactly what high-quality Japanese food tastes like, and this was the real deal. I was pleasantly surprised--shocked, in fact--that everything seemed to be very fresh despite many of the items we ordered being non-native to the Bahamas (I presume). Especially the uni; previously-frozen uni is easily recognizable by being watery and bland, which this wasn't. You could serve this same food in sushi-loving cities and it would do great.
The "Nobu style" cracked conch was basically just conch tempura, but it was very good, and WAY better than the cracked conch we had at Cafe Martinique.
The one significant disappointment was the sake selection. The Atlantis website says that 'the hidden "jewel" of Nobu is the sake cellar', so I had imagined they would have a dedicated sake menu with a wide variety of selections. The reality was laughable: a single page with no more than about ten sake choices and only two in our price range, followed by page after page of wines and other alcohol that I had no interest in having with sushi. And they only had a single sake cocktail.
Also, I noticed a fair number of service problems--even for Atlantis. For example:
- Our sake bottles were kept in a standing ice bucket containing other bottles from other tables (an accident waiting to happen). It seems to be standard practice on Paradise Island to keep bottles in standing ice buckets, but this is the only place where our bottle was sharing a bucket with someone else's.
- On the first night, my wife ordered a shot of vodka and it was served in a water glass. Then a waiter topped it up with water. (Of course, they replaced it free of charge.)
- Each night, our server (a different person each night) did not recognize the correct pronunciation of anago, so I had to repeat myself a couple times. On the first night, our server nearly ordered us the wrong thing. If it weren't for the fact that he repeated what he thought he had heard, I wouldn't have caught it.
That we came back despite these problems ought to tell you just how good the food was!
The first night we spent $230 and the second night we spent $280 (including alcohol and mandatory 15% gratuity). They were our two most expensive meals on Atlantis, but not by a ton. The other "fine dining" meals we had were all between $195 and $220.
If you like Japanese food and you can choose only one expensive place to eat on Atlantis, choose this one!