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A multiple award-winner and established force in Dubai, Zuma hardly needs introduction. Located in the city’s financial district, it’s a classy, contemporary and enormously popular hangout for the UAE’s most affluent residents and visitors. While its much-loved brunch may have been off the cards since summer 2014, Zuma is still pulling in a regular lunchtime crowd, but it’s in the evenings (weekend and indeed midweek) where this place really comes into its own as the bustling heart of the neighbourhood. Each and every dish on the menu is consistently impeccable, from starters such as beef tataki and prawn and black cod gyoza to mains including yuzu pepper jumbo tiger prawns and spicy tenderloin, right through to green tea desserts, everything that comes out of the kitchen is so faultless it’s almost fantasy. But have your date pinch you – because this is the real deal.
Open daily 12.30pm-3.30pm, 7pm-12.45am. Gate Village 6, DIFC (04 425 5660).

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