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Hall of FameSquaremeal London Hot 100 2016Zuma’s frenetic open kitchen might deliver the theatre at this Knightsbridge hotspot, but it’s the bar that provides the intoxicating energy levels. An effervescent, pulsating mix of high rollers, the cast of drinkers radiates from a stunning, square counter where the bar staff work their magic. Nothing is too much trouble when it comes to creating the perfect cocktail: a bespoke barrel-aging system infuses Zacapa rum with its own subtle rhubarb flavour, while the mixologists scour the globe in search of the perfect brews for Zuma’s Chanoyu range of tea-inspired cocktails (our Beri No Hana mixed Luksusowa vodka with garden-berry tea syrup and passion fruit). Staff can also help you navigate the roster of around 40 different brands of saké, or help pick a bottle from a stellar wine list that soars into some all-time-great vintages. Sushi, sashimi and the robata grill provide exemplary sustenance.



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Zuma

5 Raphael Street ,London SW7 1DL

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In a league of its own

by   platinum reviewer (212)

Jan 2017

Editor's pick For as long as I have been regularly dining in London Zuma has always had a fond place in my heart. The simple reason is that I have never had a bad experience here and despite many copy-cat imitations and an expanding empire of its own (there are now ten other restaurants parading under the Zuma brand outside London), it remains simply the best place in town for contemporary Japanese food. A recent visit there reminded me of all the things that make Zuma what it is: stunning décor (which has...

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Gourmand Gunno's rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 7

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Zuma

5 Raphael Street ,London SW7 1DL

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Consistently good and busy!

by   silver reviewer (15)

Jan 2015

You have to book at least 10 days in advance or you can sit at the seats around the cooks which is also a good experience! The food is always of high standard and the service good and quick. Sometimes there is a problem with the room temperature which seems to be lower than necessary and may become uncomfortable. One of my favourite restaurants in London.

Theodore L.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 6

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Zuma

5 Raphael Street ,London SW7 1DL

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by   silver reviewer (21)

Apr 2014

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

When we and our regular dining companions discuss the Asian fusion league table, one couple always put Zuma at the top of the Premiership and it's hard to argue, although I am tempted to do so. The food is excellent with spicy lemon sole and wagyu beef highly recommended and the atmosphere is always fantastic with a lively, attractive crowd with deep pockets. The service can be a bit hit and miss and this is why I cannot unequivocally agree with my friends who put it no.1. For me, Roka Mayfair just...

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Cheeky 's rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 8

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Zuma

5 Raphael Street ,London SW7 1DL

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by   silver reviewer (15)

Apr 2014

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...

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Cullinary Kate's rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 7

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5 Raphael Street ,London SW7 1DL

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by   platinum reviewer (108)

Jan 2013

Best of the modern Japanese places in town and absolute trendsetter for years. Always buzzing and the food is delivering consistent fantastic dishes of outstanding quality. Amazing quality food with attentive service. Expect to pay for the pleasure (which it absolutely is) of going there – admittedly the only negative thing you can really say about this amazing place

London Gourmet's rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 5

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5 Raphael Street ,London SW7 1DL

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by   (2)

Mar 2012

I am fortunate enough to work for a luxury Japanese brand and so have eaten at most of the Japanese restaurants in London and this one is by far the best. The food is outstanding with the highlight being the smell and taste of the robata grill but you come to zuma for the electric atmosphere!

Michael C.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 7

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Zuma

5 Raphael Street ,London SW7 1DL

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Feb 2012

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Zuma is for those who have more money to burn than sense. It is overpriced, overstaffed by people who think they are good and efficient, but who are not. The food was average and the value for money was ludicrously poor. As for the service, I came with my partner and out of the three items she ordered, one came on time, one was late arriving and the other needed to be reordered because they forgot. The service was very slow. As for the interior, it was like being in a car park with tables – very...

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Alex L.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 3
  • Value: 3

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5 Raphael Street ,London SW7 1DL

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by   (1)

Nov 2010

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

I do like Zuma, but I think the kind of plates are quite cheap they seem like desert plates like IKEA plates!!! And sometimes you can see many cheap girls I mean many prostitutes around!! By the way the food and drinks are very good:) x ek

Ellen K.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 7

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Rainer Becker German chef Rainer Becker had an international career working for the Hyatt Hotel Group for 14 years, including six in Japan at the hotel made famous by Scarlett Johansson in Lost in Translation. He rolled into London in 1998, consulting at Hakkasan and opening the Rib Room, before launching the Zuma and Roka brands with his business partner Arjun Waney. In 2013, he also hit the heights with Oblix at the Shard.
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