Famed Restaurateur Expands Partnership with Acclaimed Cruise Line


LOS ANGELES (TVLW) – World-class master chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa is partnering with Crystal Cruises for two new restaurants aboard the award-winning luxury ship, Crystal Symphony. Silk Road and The Sushi Bar will debut during Crystal Symphony’s March 3, 2008 Trans-Pacific cruise from Los Angeles to Hong Kong. Nobu will join the ship in March to personally oversee the launch.

Renowned internationally for the innovative blend of classically styled Japanese foods with distinct Peruvian and European influences, Nobu-trained chefs will showcase some of Nobu’s most popular specialties at The Sushi Bar, including yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno and tuna tataki with ponzu sauce. Among the more than two dozen menu selections at Silk Road will be Nobu-style lobster with truffle-yuzu sauce, saikyo miso black cod and beef with three distinctive sauces.

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Occupying the former Jade Garden space, the restaurants will accommodate a total of 68 guests and will be open most evenings. While there is no additional charge for enjoying Nobu’s extraordinary cuisine, reservations are recommended for Silk Road; dining at The Sushi Bar will be on a first come, first served basis.

Noted interior design architect Alison Clixby of AdFecto Design, who designed Crystal Symphony’s Luxe nightclub and Connoisseur Club, is creating contemporary, Asian-inspired spaces in shades of sage, citrus green and aubergine, accented by golden organza sheers, plum glass tiles, and a dark granite sushi bar. DPA is also designing the mood lighting, which includes custom fabric chandeliers and backlit stone wall treatments.

The new restaurants represent an expansion of Nobu’s culinary alliance with Crystal Cruises. Since 2003, his cuisine has enjoyed tremendous success aboard Crystal Symphony’s fleetmate, Crystal Serenity.

“During the past four years, Crystal has done an incredible job of ensuring the consistent quality and integrity of my cuisine served aboard Crystal Serenity, regardless of wherever the ship may be in the world,” comments Nobu. “I am very pleased to build upon my relationship with Crystal Cruises and fully expect the opening of The Sushi Bar and Silk Road to further enhance Crystal Symphony’s tradition of culinary excellence.”

Even with restaurants in almost two dozen of the world’s most fascinating cities — his eponymous empire reaches from Beverly Hills, New York and London to Milan, Mykonos, Melbourne and beyond — Nobu’s partnership with Crystal marks a true global expansion as both Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity are designed for worldwide cruising.

“As our guests explore the world in search of new adventures and discovery, we look to provide them with access to unique experiences,” says Toni Neumeister, vice president, food and beverage operations, Crystal Cruises. “To dine at one of Nobu’s restaurants is a treat unto itself, and we look forward to presenting our savvy clientele with yet another new dimension of choice and superior quality aboard Crystal Symphony.”

About Nobu

He has been described as a “sushi mogul” and without question there is an air of celebrity that surrounds Nobu and each of his restaurants. Yet it is his unwavering passion to communicate his “kokora” — the Japanese term for “heart” — through every single dish that has earned him a litany of awards almost too numerous to list, beginning with his 1989 award as one of Food & Wine magazine’s 10 Best New Chefs and highlighted by Matsuhisa’s 1993 recognition as one of the top destination restaurants in the world according to The New York Times.

About Crystal Cruises

Like Nobu, Crystal Cruises has earned the highest ratings in its industry. The luxury line has been voted “World’s Best” by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure more than any other cruise line, resort or hotel in history.

Aboard the ultra-luxurious Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, refined elegance meets casual simplicity. With an emphasis on innovative product differentiation, the renowned Crystal experience is distinguished by classic service, abundant space, extensive choices and superior quality, providing worldwide vacations that bridge the best of land and sea.