Best Japanese Winner 68 Comments
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Time Out Dubai’s winner of Best Japanese last year is still at the pinnacle of the city’s dining scene. Tokyo-based design house Super Potato has created a serene, stylishly understated space in which beautiful bamboo features combine with intricately carved wood and chiselled stone and granite in distinctly Japanese patterns. There’s no mistaking Zuma for anywhere else. There’s a pleasant buzz both in the more informal bar/lounge area and the main restaurant split over two levels, where, we should point out, the minimal space between tables prevents a private dining experience. There are no negatives about the food, though, with the menu featuring melt-in-the-mouth sashimi, expertly crafted rolls and sushi, delicious grills from the robata counter and a host of signature dishes, including the much-talked-about miso-marinated black cod. Each dish is invariably well presented and full of subtle, delightful ingredients and flavours, and we applaud the balance between traditional Japanese recipes and more contemporary creations. Service is friendly and efficient, meaning there really is nothing we don’t like about the Zuma experience. But it won’t come cheap.
Open for lunch Sat-Thu 12.30pm-3pm; Fri brunch 12.30pm-3.30pm; dinner Sat-Wed 7pm-midnight, Thu-Fri 7pm-1am; bar and lounge open Sat-Wed noon-1am, Thu-Fri noon-2am. Gate Village 6, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), www.zumarestaurant.com, email@example.com (04 425 5660).
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