Sneak Peak: Nobu Manila for Willy Ocier’s Birthday

The first Nobu Hotel in Asia-- and the second in the world-- is in the Philippines-- Nobu Manila.
The very first NOBU in the Philippines– is both a hotel (first in Asia!!) and the restaurant (a first for our country!)

The FIRST Nobu Hotel in Asia (and the second in the world!!) happens to be in the Philippines! Nobu Manila just opened yesterday, December 14, 2014, at 2:38PM at City of Dreams Manila! And it feels like the time I met Robert de Niro and Mr. Nobu Matsuhisa himself last January 2014 has finally come full circle! Congratulations!

<3 <3 <3 Still so surreal I met Nobu partners, Hollywood actor Robert De Niro and Mr. NOBU himself Chef Nobu Matsuhiso himself earlier this January at the National Museum :))
Still so surreal to have met Nobu Hospitality partners, Hollywood actor Robert De Niro and Mr. Nobu himself, Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, earlier this year at the National Museum :) <3

We were so honored to have been invited to a special dinner hosted by Belle Corporation Vice Chairman, our uncle Willy Ocier, for his (advance) birthday at Nobu restaurant last night. 

Here is a photographic documentation of the fun night we had– and what you can expect on your visit to Nobu Manila! It’s open to the public already– but just for dinner in the meantime! (For reservations, phone +632 662 1900)  

Nobu Manila bar area
The “bar” area by the entrance.. hmm I don’t know why everyone stopped to look in this direction!
Nobu Manila chefs
The sushi bar at Nobu Manila
Nobu Manila outside area
The outdoor area (it looks out to Pangea) at Nobu Manila is so pretty!
At the helm of the Nobu Manila kitchen is chef Zac Hillbery, from Nobu Las Vegas! This is an old photo of him I snapped last January (as I was unable to take a pic of him last night)-- but he looks exactly the same-- like no time has passed! :)
At the helm of the Nobu Manila kitchen is chef Zac Hillberry, from Nobu Las Vegas! This is an old photo of him I snapped last January (as I was unable to take a pic of him last night)– but he looks exactly the same– like no time has passed! :)
Nobu Manila- Nobu The Sake Junmai Daiginjo
Nobu has his own sake which is served only at Nobu hotels and restaurants so why not give it a try? This Nobu Sake Junmai Daiginjo is medium-bodied with floral notes, and is about P1,335/ masu; P1904/ 300ml bottle; P3,192/ 500ml bottle; P7,150/ 1.5ml bottle
Nobu Manila- Matsuhisa Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Napa Valley
And for wines, I highly suggest Nobu Matsuhisa’s namesake wine. He has a Matsuhisa chardonnay from the Russian River, but I much prefer this 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. I don’t think they serve these outside of Nobu hotels and restaurants as well.
Nobu Manila- King Crab Tacos
King Crab Tacos to start! Yummy and so glad they use our local lime, calamansi!
Nobu Manila- Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno
Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno that gives it a bit of a kick
Super fresh Sashimi Salad.. perfect for those on a diet or who just want to eat clean
Super fresh Sashimi Salad.. perfect for those on a diet or who just want to eat clean
Nobu Manila- King Crab with Amazu Ponzu
King Crab with Amazu Ponzu.. love that the sauce is already underneath, and it was very light and delicate,  and not cloying at all. Chico Sy really, really liked this!
Nobu Manila- Alaskan black cod with sweetened miso sauce
This was the first of my Top 3 favorites at Nobu Manila: Alaskan Black Cod with Sweetened Miso Sauce <3
Nobu Manila- Wagyu Ribeye Yakimoni with Truffle Sauce
..And then THIS came along! The Wagyu Ribeye Yakimono with white truffle sauce is the BEST thing here! I was being ghetto and used my chopsticks as “knife” (1 stick) and “fork” (the other stick) and the meat was so soft and tender, it fell apart! Unfortunately, the price is also going to kill you, eep!
Nobu Manila- Sushi Platter
Assorted sushi platter to end the meal
Nobu Manila- Miso Cappucino
And my 3rd most favorite was dessert–  we had the Miso Cappuccino which is FANTASTIC! You have to dig all the way to the end, where underneath the froth and cream, you will unearth what tasted like candied walnuts. Everyone at our table loved it, especially my sister Clarisse! She was so happy!
Carlo Mendoza, Mischel Ocier, Sher and Chico Sy, Valerie Dy Sun, Cheryl Tiu, Eric Uy, Isabelle Ocier
Fun fun night with these peeps! Standing: Carlo Mendoza, Mischel Ocier, Chico Sy, Eric Uy; Seated: Sher Sy, Valerie Dy Sun, me and Isabelle Ocier.
Charles Tiu, Willy Ocier, Cheryl Tiu, Chris Tiu
My brothers Charles and Chris and I with our beloved host and birthday celebrant, Uncle Willy Ocier!
Hans Sy Jr., Hans and Carol Sy
Uncle Hans and Hans Sy Jr. (hehe) and Auntie Carol Sy!
Rikki and Beng Dee
Uncle Rikki and Auntie Beng Dee
Chico and Sher Sy
Chico and Sher Sy
Clarisse and Chris Tiu
Clarisse and Chris Tiu
Howard Sy, Jessica Lee, Mischel Ocier, Carlo Mendoza
Howard Sy, Jessica Lee, Mischel Ocier, Carlo Mendoza
Nobu Manila Rooms- Lifestyle Asia
Had a quick tour of the rooms last night and was very happy to see the first Nobu Hotel in Asia carries the Philippines’ #1 luxury magazine, Lifestyle Asia, in its rooms! :-D

NOBU Manila is located at Aseana Boulevard cor. Macapagal Avenue, Brgy. Tambo, Paranaque City. Phone (+632) 662 1900.  For more information, visit http://www.nobuhotelmanila.com/