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|Address:||5 Raphael Street, London SW7 1DL|
|Tel:||020 7584 1010|
|Price: £68.00||Wine: £29.00||Champagne: £56.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 12N-2.30pm (Fri -3pm) Sat-Sun 12.30-3.30pm Mon-Sun 6-11pm (Sun -10.30pm)|
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Strutting through the door of Zuma you feel the trend wave hit you instantly. The front-of-house staff were sleek but also very pleasant, which is sometimes hard to find in many of the too cool for school Asian restaurants in London. For a Monday night this place was definitely the place to be, it was buzzing like a Saturday night.
It’s hard to find the words to describe the food as it left me speechless. Apart from the sushi I was pleased not to recognise many of the dishes and very excited to try them. The cold dish selection all sounded incredible, if only I had the money of the Sultan of Brunei to be able to order all of them. We went with raw tuna in a ponzu sauce, yellow fin and pickled garlic and a one of the Chefs new creations, deep fried quail. One bite of each and my eyes watered I was so happy. This chef is an absolute genius. I ate it all ever so slowly so I could, not only soak up all the flavours, but make it last for as long as possible. I was pleased to see a few new sushi ideas on the menu such as beef tempura maki which was a dream and soft shell crab which was meaty and full of flavour. We ordered a few of the classics as well and they were all made as to the standard of ‘as good as it gets’.
Occasionally this is the stage where the main courses start to look rather boring in comparison but not at the almighty Zuma. The crispy fried Sea Bass with salsa and Iberican Pork finished off the savoury chapter of the evening in style. The flavours were bursting from each bite forcing me to make annoying yummy noises.
As it was a Monday that felt like a Saturday it would have been rude not to try the sake as well as a lovely bottle of Riesling which complimented the food perfectly. I can’t say I’m an expert in sake, having only tried it a few times but it was very enjoyable alongside the superb feast of Japanese flavours.
Now I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, (in fact I’ve been known to order a starter for dessert more than once) but on this occasion I knew whatever I ordered would be spectacular and of course of it was. Green tea and banana cake with peanut sauce and coconut ice cream completely melted my meaty heart. And as it was my birthday the waiters did make a special effort and sang to me (very surprising in an establishment like this).
After that there was nothing left to do but try the amazing cocktail list at the bar before heading to the estate agents selling my flat and taking up residence at the chefs table!
I think I’ve made my point now. I loved it.