Pure excellence in terms of service, setting and food standard
Time Out Dubai staff
There can be only one. Yes, it’s a quote from the greatest movie of all time, Highlander, but it also applied to the winner of Best Brunch at the Time Out Dubai restaurant awards. And this year, that winner is Zuma.
Coming out on top of the pile is no mean feat, but time and time again we return to Zuma, which does not put a foot wrong in brunching terms.
Booking a table in a restaurant can sometimes be so difficult that you want to give up before you’ve even go to the venue. Not so here. But make sure you book early, it’s pretty much always full up.
Service during the brunch is routinely superb. The packages are explained clearly, as is the format (raw counter, hot counter and other starters buffet-style, a selection of small plates to be ordered to the table as many times as we like, one main course from a list of about six and desserts at the buffet).
While we’re perusing the, quite frankly, astonishing selection of buffet dishes, staff regularly pop up to ask if we need anything explained (turns out we do – and we’re very pleased that we asked about the octopus pancake/dumpling ball).
Sashimi is simply stunning, the selection of maki and other sushi rolls is awe-inspiring and the playful and healthy twists on the standard options is inspired.
If this sounds like we’re gushing, well, we are. We head up to the counter again and again and don’t have the same thing twice, the breadth of dishes is amazing. We’re taken with the wagyu rib, perfectly cooked and displayed with pomp. The gyoza are excellent, too. Just try them all.
Absolutely order the salt and pepper squid to the table, the crunch, seasoning and green chilli all works perfectly.
And don’t worry about the difficult choice of mains – they’re all excellent. Everyone knows about the black cod and Chilean sea bass, but the grilled lobster perhaps beats both (even with our 30 minute wait – an unusual slip but one the team recovers from well).
Desserts are very good, but they could serve us Mr Whippy and we’d still be happy after what precedes it. Dhs450* (soft drinks and cleansers), Dhs595* (sparkling and house beverages), Dhs655* (bubbly, Japanese beverages), Dhs225* (kids four-12), free (under fours). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Gate Village 6, DIFC (04 425 5660). *Excluding 10 percent DIFC tax
The Bottom Line If there was only one brunch in town, we’d definitely want it to be this one.