Four Seasons Hotel Doha is pleased to announce – in partnership with acclaimed Chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa, the highly anticipated debut of Nobu Doha which opened on Friday, April 17, 2015. Located at the water’s edge along the Hotel’s private marina, Nobu Doha showcases Chef Matsuhisa’s innovative signature new-style Japanese cuisine complemented by an equally imaginative setting in the 26,000 square-foot contemporary restaurant. Offering a truly exclusive culinary experience, found nowhere else, the tri-level Nobu Doha boasts the largest of its kind in the world and is the only Nobu at a Four Seasons in the Middle East. Designed by Chef Matsuhisa’s longtime architect and internationally recognized design partner, David Rockwell and his firm Rockwell Group, the restaurant captures a distinct look and feel for Nobu’s largest global outpost. As a clever homage to Doha’s rich pearl diving past, the circular three-story restaurant resembles an ornate coiled shell. Elliptical ribbons of river stone capped with bronze accents form the exterior of the structure and create the three-tiered levels of the restaurant. Inside, Nobu Doha seamlessly transitions the shell-like inspiration throughout the seven distinct dining and lounge areas. Each space incorporates Nobu’s iconic design palette influenced by nature, such as warm wood, shimmering glasswork to reflect water elements, and rich layering of textiles.
Ideal for large or small gatherings, the airy dining and lounge spaces include an expansive 134-seat interior dining area; intimate 10-seat sushi counter; two exclusive private dining rooms; a sophisticated White Pearl Bar & Lounge; a stylish Black Pearl Bar & Lounge; and a one-of-a-kind 38-seat roof top lounge that encompasses both indoor and outdoor seating options. Strategically positioned along the Arabian Gulf, guests can experience unobstructed panoramic water or cityscape views, whether dining inside or out.
“Chef Matsuhisa’s cuisine is about materiality, the quality of the ingredients, the translucency of the fish and the combination of colors and textures in every bite,” said Shawn Sullivan, Partner and Studio Leader, Rockwell Group. “For Nobu Doha, we developed a design vocabulary of rich, highly crafted materials influenced by the cuisine and the history and stunning natural beauty of Doha Bay.”