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It’s been a feature of the Knightsbridge landscape for more than a decade, but ultra-trendy Zuma seems as fresh as the day it opened: “this place is just so delicious”, drools one fan. Prospective diners have to negotiate the doormen and by-pass the perma-posse of beautiful people hanging round the grotto-like bar before reaching the ‘industrial-Zen’ dining room. 

Serious foodies and singletons head for the sushi counters surrounding the open-plan kitchen, but most people elect to sit in the comfortable, bustling main room, where the music is just the right side of loud, the lighting is kind, and the famous (and infamous) can be seen and admired. 

This may be a social destination, but it would be nothing without the food, and the kitchen sends out wave upon wave of “unbelievably good” dishes. Clusters of small plates are ferried out when they’re ready and the idea is to share all those different taste sensations. Crispy squid with chilli and lime may be a London classic now, but fried tofu with a beautiful herb and avocado salad, dressed with ponzu juice, is a step apart. There’s also expertly cut and exquisitely garnished sashimi, as well as spot-on nigiri and maki. 

Elsewhere, the house version of black cod (cutely wrapped in a hoba leaf) is slightly heavier on the saké than most other versions, but the robata-grilled fillet of beef with red chilli and soy is simply “magnificent”.  East/west crossover desserts such as the pecan pie and kokuto caramel sundae or the melting cherry-blossom flourless chocolate cake are just fabulous too. 

Given the clientele, the wine list is unsurprisingly pricey, and it’s backed by premium sakés and some really sexy cocktails, while the green tea is spot-on for those not indulging. “Every time we go it’s a treat”, concludes one fan. 

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi
Ambience
Cool, Fun, Glamorous, Lively
Special Features
Counter dining
People
Celeb-spotting, Dates, Romantic, Special occasions

This venue also offers

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Private Group Dining
Zuma (bar)
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Location for Zuma

5 Raphael Street, Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1DL

020 7584 1010

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon 12:00-15:00
Tue 12:00-15:00
Wed 12:00-15:00
Thu 12:00-15:00
Fri 12:00-15:00
Sat 12:00-15:30
Sun 12:00-15:30
Dinner
Mon 18:00-23:00
Tue 18:00-23:00
Wed 18:00-23:00
Thu 18:00-23:00
Fri 18:00-23:00
Sat 18:00-23:00
Sun 18:00-22:30

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Ms/Mrs. Elizabeth B

Epic
22 October 2018  
Can’t beat the food & service here. The lobster, beef, corn all unbelievably good. Even the salads are amazing. Can be a little loud so not good for deep conversations but everything is just so so so good . Definite fave.
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Alex H

Fantastic food and drinks
29 March 2018  
Every time we go it's a treat. Amazingly fantastic food. Great sake and cocktails.
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Mr. Alex G

Living the dream
02 March 2018  
Zuma has become almost an institution on the London dining scene. Even more than 10 years on from opening it can still be hard to get a table here. Meanwhile, the Zuma concept has been broadened across London (think Roka) and the rest of the world (versions of the original in Dubai and beyond). It would be easy for a restaurant in such a position to dine out on its success, but standards have stayed consistently high. A recent lunchtime visit demonstrated that the food remains as good as ever. The atmosphere, however, left quite a lot to be desired. Furthermore, this is not a place to go if you’re dining out on a budget, for eateries with large reputations in Knightsbridge locations obviously don’t come cheap. The Zuma concept is to combine sushi and sashimi with other Japanese-influenced cooking ranging from robata-grilled beef to the now-famous black cod speciality. Dishes come when they’re ready, so diners are entertained to a mash-up of warm and cold, starts and mains, delivered with brisk efficiency, almost to the point of being over-conscientious. On this point, some dishes were whisked away before they had been fully finished in an effort to keep the buzz going. None of our dishes – while present – disappointed either in terms of presentation or taste. The maki rolls were superbly fresh, the soft-shell crab deliciously tender and the beef packed with flavour, to name but a few examples. Our drink pairing – an aged orange wine from South African – was also inspired, if again far from cheap. So far, so good (especially since someone else was paying!), but the venue is the main factor that would make me consider whether to return of my own volition. The room is somewhat depressing with almost no natural light and ugly industrial piping exposed on the ceiling, factors that perhaps matter less when on an evening out, but seem incongruous of a lunchtime. Furthermore, the place felt far from intimate. There were many large groups of milling around, sometimes between tables, a constant flow of air-kissing and hand-shaking. Few looked as if they were enjoying themselves, present more to be seen rather than to dine. Why stare at your mobile phone when there is world-class food in front of you? Restaurants can’t choose their diners, but (somewhat discerning) diners can choose their restaurants.
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Mr. Alex G

In a league of its own
13 January 2017  
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 remained broadly unchanged), a great atmosphere and, of course, first-class food and drink. The menu offers a broad spectrum of options from salads, sushi and sashimi through to grilled options and then the restaurant’s signature dishes. Best is to come as part of a group, share everything and try as much as possible. Stand-out items from our meal included the ‘dynamite spider roll’ (which comprises soft shell crab, chilli mayonnaise, cucumber and wasabi sauce) as well as the grilled seabass. From the signature dishes, the roasted lobster with green chilli and garlic hojiso butter is a must, and a dish one would willing return to time and again. It is also well worth sampling the sake here, especially with a range of over 40 available. Feel willing to ask the servers for advice, although again, it is best to sample several if possible (as we did). Service on previous occasions has been somewhat erratic, although most recently, we were not let down. All that Zuma offers does, of course, come at a price. But, it is money well-spent and definitely worth a visit.
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Mr. Theodore L

Consistently good and busy!
30 January 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.
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Mr. Stuart C

21 April 2014  
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 edges it for the top slot.
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Ms/Mrs. Katie O

11 April 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 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.
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Ms/Mrs. gowsia H

07 November 2013  
food is excellent- ( the beef is divine). Still one of the most fashionable venues. Service can be a bit inconsistent.
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Mr. Tim Z

28 January 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
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Mr. Johan S

23 September 2012  
Great food, very good atmosphere, always buzzing, great start to an evening. service is not up to par however, rushed and a bit uninformed.
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