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Coldplay's Chris Martin and F1 poster boy Lewis Hamilton are big fans, likewise Heston Blumenthal and Michel Roux Jr – a reminder that seductive Zuma is about glamour, celebrity and fashion as well
as world-class contemporary Japanese food. It's blindingly expensive, but everyone ‘feels important' in this exclusive pleasure dome with its funky jet-setting vibe. Perch at the bar with a
saké-inspired cocktail, before slipping into the moody, high-spec dining room – think Zen meets postmodern industrial chic. Begin with an explosive hit of tuna and salmon tartare with chilli
crackers, sample the pin-sharp accuracy of sea-bass tataki with trout roe and truffled ponzu, then blow the budget on sublime sushi and sashimi. The robata grill delivers great sizzlers like
saké-infused chicken wings with sea salt and lime, too. Service is ‘on point' and the saké sommelier invaluable. In short, ‘out of this world'.
The superlatively clean flavours of Japanese cuisine render me as submissive as the stereotype – I am undone. With a bias as heavy as this to satisfy, my palate leads me towards the aggressively hyped Zuma. Moored in Knightsbridge, Zuma is littered with a clientele of suited older men and vacant, artificially orange girls-for-rent. Forging a path through this coiffed mass, we find ourselves seated in a slick, blond wood and frosted glass interior.
Like the room, the menu is dominated by items cooked over the Robata grill. The best of these is a whole lobster, roasted with garlic and floral hojisu-infused butter. Matching this in flavour is a fillet of seabass with flame-licked skin covering supple flesh... More from Wrap Your Lips Around This »
Around 11 years ago a German chef - Chef Rainer Becker, and his Indian business partner opened a super trendy & Modern Japanese restaurant – Zuma. Rainer Becker spent six years in Tokyo where he studied the secrets of Japanese cuisine. Was he in search of the secrets of Japanese cuisine? or its place in Japanese culture maybe? what I would call “The Tao of Japanese cuisine” (道- Dô. or the term Tao means “The Way”, “path” or “principle”). Did he find Enlightenment? Or rather the principles that fuse the esthetics and basic principles of Japanese cuisine with modern western culinary demands, a “needs” for Japanese food with a modern twist to fit contemporary tastes of modern restaurant goers. (As a matter of fact Zuma is now established as a global brand, with openings in Hong Kong, Dubai & Istanbul).
Zuma is about fashion, see and be seen, glamour, and celebrity, but above all it is committed to top notch cooking which they call: contemporary Japanese food.... More from WINE FOR SOUL »
Zuma is one of those places in London surfing on the wave of Japanese trendiness. Not far from Harrods, it attracts wealthy Knightsbridge customers while its sister restaurant Roka in Canary Wharf is dedicated to business diners. In terms of service, you will be immediately impressed by the sheer number of waiting staff, who do a good job at making you feel special. But don’t be fooled, on a busy day you’ll be regularly reminded when the table has to be given back... More from vialaporte »
Quite possibly the coolest restaurant in London. With its celebrity clientele and glamorous Knightsbridge location, you can see why the “it” crowd come flocking every night. But not only that, Zuma is contemporary Japanese food at its finest... More from My Friends Recommend »
Rainer Becker's hyper-trendy Zuma was a truly cosmopolitan affair when it opened in 2002: a German chef with an Indian business partner selling Japanese food to London diners. Becker began his career working in Germany's finest restaurants, before touring the world with Hyatt hotels. He arrived in London via Sydney & Tokyo, where he spent six years immersed in local cuisine & culture. After launching the Rib Room at London's Hyatt Carlton Tower (now the Jumeirah Carlton Tower), he branched out on his own in 2002 with Zuma, following it up two years later with Roka. Meanwhile, Zuma is establishing itself as a global brand, with openings in Hong Kong, Dubai & Istanbul.