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by Cate Rocchi (subscribe)
I am a writer/photojournalist/media training expert living in Perth, Western Australia.
Published December 31st 2013
Nobu 7-course lunch: delightfully fresh and unique
It is a Sunday. I put my best dress on and head to one of the few places in Perth, you can wear a sparkling outfit (and over-the-top jewellery) during the day - Nobu at the Crown Casino.

Think top-class Japanese mixed with the freshest of Western Australian fish and seafood. Then throw in a bit of San Francisco food art in preparation and a twist of French flair presentation.

That to me is Nobu, one of Perth's few consistent top-notch lunch venues.

I had the seven-course tasting menu, $110 including a glass of champagne, which began with white fish sashimi, garnished with a slightly sweet jalapeno pepper sliver, and a hint of soy sauce. Small but exquisite.

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Sashimi at Nobu: 'Exquisite'

Then came a little Japanese style tuna and prawn salad, with octopus and an oniony, ginger dressing, with soy and sugar, and lemon juice (I think) that was to die for. Absolute winner! I am reminded eating a similar sauce on raw fish alongside the railway on benches in a rowdy restaurant with a load of expats in Tokyo in 2008. That too was a memorable occasion.

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Sashimi salad at Nobu

Then there is a delightful little package of white fish (maybe cod) coated in sticky, sweet miso marinade and steamed gently so beautifully tender. Yum, yum yum!

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Fish in miso marinade: yum, yum yum!

Then more delish, world-class tucker. Pork belly looking pretty (but with a little more fat than I would have liked); unbeatable sushi with perfect rice; a clean, fresh miso soup; and an unexpectedly delightful coffee, custardy pudding masquerading as a cappuccino. This had the table next door, asking: "What is that!" I left them all considering trying it themselves.

Now, overall Nobu gets a thumbs up. It is on par with the best in Hong Kong and London. Go on treat yourself.

But don't forget to budget in parking at the casino. My two-hour lunch cost $20 in parking fees underneath.

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Pork belly sitting pretty

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Clean tasting Japanese soup

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Surprise cappucino-style dessert
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Why? Best Japanese style tucker in Perth
Phone: 61 8 9362 7551
Where: Burswoord, Perth
Cost: Main courses vary. Tasting menu with glass of champagne $110
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