In a tweet: A casual brunch perfect for big groups looking for a fun day out. Best for anyone and everyone.
The venue: Zuma has rightly been named as one of Dubai’s top restaurants since it opened. Former Time Out Dubai Best Restaurant winner and current holder of the Best Japanese gong, this is a venue that guarantees a good experience. It oozes class and promises a great experience from the moment you enter. There’s also a play area for kids.
The food: Where to start? Fried squid, miso soup and two kinds of edamame beans are brought to the table. The squid in particular is fantastic. Then there is an absolutely staggering selection of sushi, sashimi, oysters and other perfectly pretty little treats. Also available are noodles, rice pots and skewers with wagyu beef, veal belly, chicken and other meats. There’s more than you can manage, and that’s before you choose something from the main course menu. There’s also the famous miso black cod as well as Chilean seabass and Boston Lobster. Once that’s out the way, a fantastic dessert platter arrives.
The drinks: From the soft drinks package you can choose from a wonderful selection of mocktails, or cleansers as they’re called here. There is also a package with sparkling Italian grape, Japanese hops and grape.
The crowd: Everyone will feel welcome here. It’s a high-class venue, but it isn’t stuffy in the slightest. Families with kids of all ages can enjoy the experience and the food. Groups of adults can catch up, while couples are able to enjoy a bit of romance.
The dress code: There might be a relaxed feel, but you’ll still want to look smart. Jeans are okay for the guys, but most people are in trousers. Ladies, you might want to dress up a little.
The service: Perfect. There are plenty of staff and they are all paying attention to every table and never miss a beat. If only everywhere could be like this.
Extras & entertainment: Music plays in the background, which often makes an impression. There are also live cooking stations serving up street food and desserts.
Highs & lows: This is a flawless brunch. The service, ambience, ingredients, food and price point have not been bettered at any brunch we’ve been to this year.
The after party: Nothing in Zuma itself, though there are other options in DIFC, but really it’ll all be downhill after this experience.
Dhs420 (soft drinks), Dhs540 (house beverages and sparkling grape), Dhs595 (bubbly). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Gate Village 6, DIFC (04 425 5660).