Brand-new jungle-themed restaurant launches in Dubai Marina

Mama Zonia is now open in Pier 7

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Fancy dining in the jungle without having to hop on a flight? There’s now a brand-new spot at Dubai Marina where you can do just that (kind of).

Mama Zonia, an Amazon rainforest-themed restaurant and bar, is now open in Pier 7 and Time Out Dubai’s been along to check out the cool new interiors.

Described as “urban jungle escape” the venue – in the popular dining and party hub Pier 7 – is decked out with plenty of greenery, including a mango tree. There’s tropical wallpaper, hand-painted murals and an abundance of foliage, too. And, of course, there are stunning views out across Dubai Marina.

Mama Zonia stands in the space that previously held O Cacti, and promises to be a “tropical-chic” experience “inspired by an array of far-flung locations”.

The restaurant and bar has an open kitchen so diners can see the chefs at work.

There’s a dedicated raw bar serving up dishes including sea bass ceviche, yellow fin tuna with mango, yellow chili, coriander as well as beef tataki with sesame oil, spring onion, yuzu ponzu, fresh ginger and daikon. The menu also boasts plenty of sushi, maki and poke bowls, all sitting around the Dhs50 to Dhs70 mark.

More substantial dishes on the interesting menu include robata – such as chicken wings, tiger prawns on lemon grass or wagyu beef in spicy chilli sauce – as well as wok stir fries.

Signature mains star dishes such as 14-hour slow-cooked beef short ribs (Dhs210) and Hokkaido scallops (Dhs245).

More unusual dishes include jungle curry with frogs legs, green peppercorns and Jumngle curry, frogs legs with green pepper corns sticky rice (Dhs165).

Mama Zonia joins popular dining and nightspot Asia Asia, nightclub and restaurant Atelier M, casual eatery Fümé, ladies’ night haunt and bar Cargo, Lebanese restaurant Abd el Wahab and British TV chef Simon Rimmer’s The Scene.

We can't wait to get all rainforest chic.
Open daily noon-2am. Pier 7, Dubai Marina (04 240 4747).

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