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“Very Delicious!”

Nobuo at Teeter House
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Ranked #268 of 3,132 Restaurants in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $50
Cuisines: Asian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 7th St. and Monroe
Transit: The nearest light rail stop is 3rd St. and Washington.
Description: Refined Asian-style teahouse by day, funky izakaya by night: Nobuo at Teeter House reflects the fascinating duality of Nobuo Fukuda. The setting — a turn-of-the-century, wood-floored bungalow, awash in earth tones — emulates the relaxed intimacy of Japan’s izakaya, where friends and business associates gather to eat Japanese-style tapas, drink beer and have fun. Nobuo elevates the custom while staying true to its low brow roots, offering rustic Japanese classics with modern American inflections. During the day, a short lunch menu is offered, as are exotic, aromatic teas, meant to be sipped and savored over quiet conversation. In the evening, Nobuo creates"5-Star" cuisine, bringing a Western sensibility to Japanese sushi traditions while combining seasonal ingredients in exciting, inventive ways. If we can assist you in any way, we welcome your phone calls!
Reviewed September 4, 2013

The food was really good. The staff was very friendly, nice, and attentive. Portion size of the food is a bit too small and you wont really get filled. A bit pricey for the food. Nice location and very cozy atmosphere. Definitely would go again.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

As much as I'd like to compliment this Phoenix restaurant, I find very little to rave about. The location in a 100+ year old home is interesting, but spartan. No table cloths (not that they're necessary), wait staff that was pleasant but not especially professional in manner or attire. Now - the food: Quite expensive for what it was. Smallish portions of foods that tried to be designer. Most of the dishes were bland and unmemorable. The pork bellies were acceptable on a bed of partially roasted banana leaves, I think. Actually, I'd have difficulty even remembering what I had. The dessert was a medley of 3 different items and totally unremarkable. I've dined at many Japanese-themed restaurants and this one is hardly a standout. With a check of close to $100 and minimal alcohol, I think we could have done better elsewhere. I wish Nobuo lots of luck and hope he's successful. I, for one, would not recommend.

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Reviewed July 25, 2013

We invited a couple of friends from Belgium and had one of the best experience of creative fusion cuisine ever. We started with the diced watermelon with fresh goat cheese to refresh the palates, followed by a delicious tray of sashimi assortment (Kumamoto oysters with ponzu sauce, oysters with uni and caviar, grapefruit and hamachi, tuna tataki with red beet purée, house cured salmon with almond, octopus on campari tomato and mozzarella), followed by the wonderful sea bass on mushrooms in parchment andwe finished with the caramlized foie gras with fresh grilled slices of peach we enjoyed every moment of this very royal spread.
Nobuo did also a great job in pairing the wines with this incredible food.
We'll be back

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Reviewed June 24, 2013

We choose Nobuo after reading their menu on-line (and a few T.A. reviews), and enjoyed an excellent dinner.
The food is the star of the show; all served as small dishes to share. Our server suggested 2-3 items per person which worked well. We did add one additional item half way through, more so due to our enjoyment of what we had already tasted and wanting to continue the experience, than a need for additional quantity.
Our first dish was a cold watermelon and goat’s cheese pairing which worked extremely well. I would like to try to recreate this at home, refreshing and smart and excellent flavor. We also sampled the squash blossom tempura with a salted curry dust dip. Tempura was light and curry dust added another great flavor.
We continued with the Grapefruit and Hamchi (Yellow Tail), very enjoyable, again a well balanced blend of flavors but perhaps the least different flavor offering of the evening.
Baked Sea bass with mushrooms in parchment came next. Sea Bass was perfectly cooked and the mushrooms were delicious.
Next up was the Coconut Curry Lamb, four perfectly cooked medium rare chops over a mango fennel salad, would possibly win our dinner’s choice for best single offering.
We added an oyster tasting here near the end which was yet another well blended flavor offering.
We concluded with the Foie Gras. Liver was nicely grilled and served with red and white pears (I assume they may have been marinated or possibly pickled).
The space itself is comfortable with a number of smaller rooms, well decorated but all done in muted tones that don’t over power. Best of all was that we didn’t have to compete over music or room noise for conversation.
Service was attentive and helpful, perhaps a bit reserved and stand offish. The bus person seemed hesitant to speak (barely acknowledged our thank you for refilling our water).
We did notice that the windows were dirty and the painted steps at the entrance in much need of some paint.
With 2 whiskies and 2 beers and tip our check was about 175.00
Definitely will go back.

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Reviewed June 9, 2013

Took my girlfriend to Nobou at the Teeter House for an unique experience prior to a concert at Symphony Hall. Hyped by the reviews here & elsewhere, we were expecting to be blown away, we weren't! The ambience is minimalistic,casual, sparse & yet cozy, clearly not upscale nor romantic. The staff is very informal & you are served by a team, alternating as your servers. The menu is Japanese small plates with a big price tag. We started with the Japanese antipasto plate...??? Two small really pieces of corn, two tiny artichokes, a garlic flower, small small peppers & blah, barely chewable & probably less digestible, not a good start & not an antipasto either. We had an excellent soft shell crab salad, a couple of other forgettable dishes, some so so wine & left underwhelmed & kinda hungry. With tax & license the bill totaled $ 176.00...wtf? I'm not one to quibble over the cost, if you receive value or an exceptional culinary experience in return, we got neither. I wouldn't return & I clearly don't get the rave reviews either!

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Thank Scrammy1
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