Hawaii Nobu Honolulu now open By Tovin Lapan / January 20, 2017 Share 1 -- The latest installment of the high-end Japanese restaurant chain Nobu opened in Honolulu's Ward Village at the end of December. At approximately 11,000 square feet, the new restaurant offers an outdoor bar lounge, open format kitchen, and a private teppan room. The new Nobu serves as a replacement to Nobu Waikiki, which closed in 2016. The menu offers Nobu classics such as black miso cod and yellowtail jalapeo, in addition to Hawaii-influenced dishes like spicy lomi-lomi salmon with taro chips and ribeye umamiyaki with Ma'o Farms seasonal root vegetables."Ward Village is at the heart of Honolulu's transformation, and it is the perfect place for Nobu," Chef Nobu Matsuhisa said in a release. "We look forward to bringing guests the Nobu signatures they have come to love along with some very special items that are only available at Nobu Honolulu using the best local ingredients."Nobu restaurants started in 1993 as a partnership between award-winning Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa and actor Robert De Niro. Nobu Honolulu will be helmed by a team transplanted from Nobu Waikiki, including executive chef Matt Raso, executive sushi chef Yoshio Ono, and general manager Yuka Hinoda Raso.