Crystal Cruises Extends Partnership With Celebrity Chef Nobu

December 17, 2007
Die-hard foodies will have a special reason to cruise this spring when celebrity chef Nobuyuki "Nobu" Matsuhisa opens two new restaurants aboard Crystal Symphony -- Silk Road and the Sushi Bar. Chef Nobu is continuing his partnership with Crystal Cruises to bring an extra dose of fame and fine dining to the luxury line, which already features the two Nobu eateries on Crystal Symphony's sister ship, Crystal Serenity.

Silk Road and the Sushi Bar will open on Crystal Symphony as it crosses the Pacific Ocean -- a voyage from Los Angeles to Hong Kong that suitably reflects Nobu's pan-Asian, East-meets-West cooking style. The chef, who combines Japanese flavors with elements of European and South American cuisine, plans to offer dishes such as lobster with truffle-yuzu sauce, yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno, and tuna tataki with ponzu sauce.

Getting hungry? You'll have to wait until March 3, 2008 -- and if you are planning to book a Crystal Symphony cruise for Nobu's debut, be prepared for a bit of pomp and circumstance. On the March 3 sailing, Nobu will join cruisers to celebrate the launch of his restaurants, and you're likely to need an advance reservation if you want to dine at Silk Road on its opening night. Reservations are not required at the Sushi Bar, but be warned: You may feel less like a gourmet sushi connoisseur and more like a canned sardine when you're waiting in line for a taste of Nobu's gastronomic goodies on the restaurants' premier sailing.

Silk Road and the Sushi Bar will feature an Asian-inspired granite sushi bar, delicate fabric chandeliers and stone wall treatments.

Nobu currently owns restaurants in Malibu, London, Melbourne and Tokyo, and co-owns Nobu New York with actor Robert De Niro. He is known for creating fusion sushi recipes that have wide appeal to the American palate.

--by Caroline Costello, Editorial Assistant