‘Powerful’ kitchen underpins Nobu Hotel’s second London venture

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Nobu Hotel’s latest European venture in London required kitchens that are “flexible, powerful and robust” to handle the variety of dining services it plans to offer customers, the designer responsible for the project has said.

The five-star hotel on London’s Portman Square features a range of cooking equipment from Ambach at the heart of its kitchen operations.

Graham Barrie from Graham Barrie Design was tasked with designing the kitchens and says there was no compromise on quality.

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“Looking to deliver a handcrafted approach to cuisine and service and to maintain their exceptional standards, the kitchens needed to be flexible, powerful and robust to cater for fine dining, events, and banqueting, all being orchestrated from the main kitchen on the first floor,” he explained.

Considering the needs of the different kitchen areas, he decided on equipment from Ambach, the Ali Group brand that has a rich heritage of supplying high-end hotels and restaurants.

“Ambach provides a large range of equipment in both gas and electric, suitable for bulk cooking and fine dining, so their System 850 was selected and proved ideal for Nobu Hotel, Portman Square as they have all bases covered from this range,” he said.

The Portman Square property is the second Nobu Hotel in London, following the 2017 opening of the Nobu Hotel Shoreditch.

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa is renowned the world over with his fusion cuisine blending traditional Japanese dishes with Peruvian ingredients.

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