A SIT DOWN WITH ROBERT DE NIRO & CHEF NOBU

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FACT CHAT: It wasn’t a secret that producer, actor and Academy Award-winner, Robert de Niro and master chef Nobu Matsuhisa, paid a visit for the opening of their upbeat restaurant, Nobu last month. Publisher Edward Smith caught up with both stars for an insight on the long-awaited opening.

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Hi! What can you tell us about this much-anticipated new venue in Doha?

Chef Nobu: So now we finally have the Nobu Doha! I’d like to introduce our staff and of course, our food with such a spectacular setting for the restaurant. What can I say? Introduce more of my food!

Robert De Niro: I’d just say: come, it’s good food!

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Chef Nobu, is this your first time in Qatar?

Chef Nobu: No. I’ve been here a couple of times before, maybe four times. We have restaurants in Dubai, so I jump on over here to check that everything is ok.

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What are your thoughts on Doha’s culinary scene?

Chef Nobu: I know very little about it. Every time I come here, it’s all about Nobu and re-grouping with the staff and making sure the project is heading accordingly.

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You both share a long-standing friendship – what’s the most important lesson you’ve learned about or from each other?

Chef Nobu: I learn from Robert all the time. He always has new and different ideas to mine – unique ones. If it’s an idea we like, we go on with it. I don’t know if he learns from me!

Robert de Niro: Not much!

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Nobu has been four years in the making – what’s the process been like?

Robert De Niro: It was four years since I pitched him the idea and for the restaurant to be ready. It took about a year to come up with the concept, build the restaurant and so forth. It was a logical amount of time for all the steps to get to the finishing point.

Robert, what made you enter the restaurant business?

Robert De Niro: I created Tribeca Grill, and partnered with Drew Nieporent. He had a good restaurant at that time, probably a three-star one for New York standards in Tribeca film center. I thought he could be of help for Tribeca Grill.

Any plans of opening Hotel Nobu in the Middle East?

Robert De Niro: We are! In fact in Riyadh and Bahrain. We’re also opening one in London, Miami and a lot of other places.

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For more information visit: https://factmagazines.com/interview/fact-chats-robert-de-niro-and-chef-nobu-matsuhisa

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