Mystery diner pays ‘every’ bill at Nobu

Internationally renowned chef, Nobu Matsuhisa, known to the world as “Nobu” opened his restaurant at Crown Sydney in Barangaroo back in 2020.

And since then it has become an instant hit with its global reputation playing a huge role.

No matter the time of week, the restaurant is almost always a full-house with reservations made well in advance.

Diners go in there knowing they are paying for quality food with menu items that can range from $6 each for Nigiri and Sashimi to $98 for Lobster Wasabi Pepper, or Japanese Wagyu A5 at $275.

But those at the restaurant on Monday were given the ultimate shock when they didn’t have to pay a cent for their feed.

Australian TV and radio host Sami Lukis happened to be on the receiving end of the stranger’s gesture that left her “shocked”.

“An incredible random act of kindness tonight from a stranger who paid EVERY tables bill at Nobu restaurant in Sydney (including mine),” she wrote in a tweet.

“Thank you to one incredibly generous stranger. And I really hope you see this.”

Clearly overwhelmed by the act, she took to Twitter again Tuesday morning to thank the person

Mystery diner pays ‘every’ bill at Nobu

“Still in shock after someone paid EVERY tables bill at Nobu restaurant in Sydney last night (including mine),” Sami wrote.

“The waiter called it ‘a random act of kindness’. The incredibly generous stranger probably won’t see this … but … thank you.”

It blends Japanese tradition with locally inspired produce and seafood. Picture: Crown Sydney
Sami Lukis revealed the stranger’s generous act on Twitter. Picture: Instagram

The world-renowned Japanese fusion restaurant is famed for its Black Cod Miso and Yellowtail Jalapeño, along with inventive dishes created by Nobu Sydney head chef, Harold Hurtada.

“Step into a contemporary and stylish surrounding inside one of the best Japanese fine dining restaurants in Sydney,” it states on Crown’s site.

“Guests can enjoy a wide range of sophisticated cocktails, sake and wine from the bar, paired with unique offerings attributed to the personal spin on Nobu’s traditional Japanese cooking.”

Meanwhile, the Sydney restaurant has also become the first in the country to offer a weekend Teishoku breakfast menu.

Dishes include Banana Miso, Scrambled Egg Donburi and Shiso Benedict.

Nobu has three locations in Australia — Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

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A Crown Sydney spokesperson said: “It’s always nice to hear stories like these where someone carries out a random act of kindness.

“Nobu is one of the most recognised Japanese restaurant brands in the world and each week thousands of people visit to experience its signature flair.

“We’re certain the guests who were enjoying their dining experience must have been delighted by this extraordinary act of generosity.”

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