Reviewed: Zuma

Time Out Dubai’s Restaurant of the Year 2020

Reviewed: Zuma
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Having been one of the most successful restaurants in the city, and not just in the Japanese sphere, for more than a decade, it’s safe to say Zuma is doing one or two things right.

Founder Rainer Becker set up the restaurant chain in London, and launched a branch in DIFC in 2008. It was a bold move in an area that wasn’t yet busy, and it paid off – paving the way for DIFC to become a hub of culinary excellence.

The German chef says the way to stay at the top is to be “consistent” and Zuma is. Consistently brilliant. From business lunches to romantic dinners, Friday brunches or just a post-work drink at the bar, Zuma has it all and then some.

And each and every time the food shines. We could talk forever about the black cod, and we have (as has everyone else) but it’s not just about one dish. The buttery grilled garlic lobster, the sweet and juicy tempura prawns, the smoky chicken robata, the super-fresh sashimi, the zingy chicken wings – the list goes on longer than Sheikh Zayed Road.

Even the desserts are showstopping – the green tea pudding is a must-try. The venue is busy all the time, and so it should be. The bar is also worth stopping in to for a pre- or post-dinner drink, and picked up our Best Restaurant Bar Award at the 2019 Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards.

And with Becker opening a second restaurant – Roka – in the city soon, we are quite literally on the edge of our seats.

So, book that babysitter.
Open Sun-Thu noon-3.30pm, 7pm-midnight, Fri 12.30pm-4pm, 7pm-1am, Sat 12.30pm-4pm, 7pm-midnight. Gate Village 6, DIFC, Dubai, (04 425 5660).

Time Out Dubai’s Restaurant of the Year 2020

Japanese food doesn’t come much better

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