Chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa’s Nobu on Lanai opened less than two years ago at the luxurious Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay. Celebrity chef and restaurateur, Chef Matsuhisa, is known for his new style Japanese cuisine, which fuses traditional Japanese dishes with Peruvian ingredients. He’s also considered to be a favorite of Lanai’s majority owner, Larry Ellison. The co-founder and CEO of Oracle, and fifth richest man in the world, owns 97 percent of the island. I’ve dined at Nobu Honolulu before, but this would be my first time experiencing the Manele Bay location.
This is the guest lounge area at the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay.
We showed up a bit early. Instagram break? Probably.
Sun is starting to set. I’m facing Manele Bay here. Puu Pehe, the Sweetheart Rock, is located near those cliffs on the left side of the photo.
That cotton candy sunset.
Here’s a shot of the entrance to Nobu. I took this photo earlier in the day while the restaurant was closed.
We timed our reservations with the sunset. Pretty, right?
And now the food. Here we have Nobu’s yellowfin tuna with caviar.
We were craving oysters, especially since One Forty was out the night before. When we first asked out waiter about oysters, she said that they didn’t have any. And then she came back. They did indeed have a fresh batch. We ordered half-a-dozen. I could have eaten a few dozen more.
Rock shrimp tempura with creamy ponzu sauce. Delicious.
Here’s a dish that is typically not found on menus, it certainly isn’t listed on Nobu’s menu. However, I asked and boy did I receive. Such a beautifully broiled piece of hamachi kama.
Four pieces of nigiri to wrap up the evening. Nothing better than hamachi and otoro nigiri.
Nobu Lanai certainly tingled my taste buds. I’d highly recommend it for anyone visiting Lanai. For Maui residents, it’s just a hop and a skip away.
Four Seasons Resort at Manele Bay
1 Manele Bay Road
Lanai City, HI 96763