ME London, The Strand , London, WC2R 1HA

Zela sashimi and sushi platter
Zela raw salmon poke bowl

SquareMeal Review of Zela

This glamorous Japanese-Mediterranean joint has some seriously famous backing, boasting the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Enrique Iglesias and Rafael Nadal as partners. It is a sibling to the flagship Zela in Ibiza, which opened in May 2017.   

The space features a dining room, a sushi counter and a cocktail bar which runs the length of the restaurant, while finishing touches see bamboo furniture and palm-print walls. Open all day, Zela serves both a traditional full English breakfast and a Japanese version which includes miso soup, fermented soy beans, pickles and nori. Come evening, guests tuck in to a mixture of Japanese and Mediterranean plates, such as butterfish nigiri with white truffle, and Iberico pork gyoza.

Drinks are made in a similar fusion vein, with cocktails such as the Santa Maria (sherry, spices, tomato, basil) and the Harakiri, with saké, egg white and shisho syrup. The wine list meanwhile focuses on Spain, with guests able to enjoy their drinks alongside a live DJ from early evening.  

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