From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2010
Once the very best Dubai had to offer in Japanese fine-dining, Zuma has gone downhill in recent times. The food still ranks up there: the black miso cod melts in the mouth in a cacophony of gorgeous flavours and the innovative chefs continue to successfully add twists to the traditional – such as prawn and black cod gyoza – supplying the ‘out-of-the-ordinary’ element that Zuma has built its reputation on. What has disappointed us in recent times, though, is that formerly warm and helpful service has given way to the cynical hard sell. Requests for recommendations have turned up the most expensive options, such as a miniscule and somewhat sloppy serving of sashimi uni (sea urchin) for Dhs200, over more fail-safe specialities such as creamy tuna belly (at nearly a quarter of the price). While it remains one of the top ‘be there and be seen’ spots in town, Zuma can, and must, do better.