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Contemporary Japanese cuisine has a new address in Al Khobar

The FACT award-winning NOZOMI is now open in the Saudi city.

Diners across Doha can attest to the calibre of NOZOMI – it was awarded ‘Best Japanese Restaurant’ at the FACT Dining Awards Doha 2022 earlier this month. But the restaurant’s reign across the Middle East is just getting started as it has officially opened its doors within the waterfront Matal Complex in Al Khobar.

NOZOMI Al Khobar

Incidentally, NOZOMI was founded in Knightsbridge, London, by restaurateur Marios George back in 2004, growing into a renowned culinary institution ever since. The restaurant’s latest location has been brought to the kingdom by Cavadore Group, in partnership with Al Moajil Hospitality, ushering in a new era of fine dining in the region. Case in point: NOZOMI is joined by the likes of Hellenika and Belgravian in the city of Al Khobar. The new outpost demonstrates NOZOMI’s innovative food philosophy, with a location-specific à la carte menu that expertly adapts Japanese cuisine to local tastes while preserving the gastronomical traditions that are emblematic of Japanese dining.

NOZOMI Al Khobar

Here, contemporary Japanese cuisine is infused with European subtleties, showcasing the restaurant’s hallmark culinary style with decadent ingredients such as Black Cod, Canadian Lobster and Wagyu beef. From the extensive selection of umami-rich sushi and crispy tempura to expertly prepared robata grill options, indulgent desserts and refreshing mocktail creations, every menu item is painstakingly prepared using the freshest and finest of ingredients, sourced daily for a mouth-watering gastronomical experience that reimagines Japanese culinary traditions with a distinctly European flair.

NOZOMI Al Khobar

Unmissable menu highlights include the Otoro fatty belly tuna sashimi, Marinated Yellowtail Sashimi with fresh jalapeño salsa and chilli ponzu dressing, Spider Roll with kimchi buttered crab, and Grade 9+ Wagyu Beef served with ponzu truffle sauce and homemade pickles. Another must-order? The Black Cod with NOZOMI miso and pickled relish. Come desserts, it’s a toss-up between the Yuzu Pavlova (crispy meringue served with yuzu cream and fresh berries) and NOZOMI Tiramisu. With ambient lighting, outstanding service, and a soundtrack that crescendos alongside the dining experience, NOZOMI Al Khobar delivers a world-class Japanese dining experience in the dynamic heart of this Saudi city.

GO: Email or call +966 9200 12681 for reservations and more information.

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