May 11, 2018
Despite being located in the financial district, Zuma has generated quite a buzz and manages to fill its 300 plus seats with ease. The place, which has sister branches in Hong Kong and London, has been skilfully over designed to appear understated: lots of soft, subtle tones, immaculate lines, nothing out of place. Though almost aggressively cool it’s not as pretentious as one might expect. And, despite the expense account vibe about the whole enterprise, the staff are friendly, even to those who obviously don’t fit the business exec/model profile for whom the place seems to have been made. And the Japanese food is excellent. It is served in the izakaya style, with a steady stream of dishes brought to the table throughout to meal to encourage an informal, sharing dining experience. The wide ranging menu encompasses such delicacies as crispy fried squid with green chilli and lime, wagyu beef sushi with sevruga caviar, and jumbo tiger prawn with yuzu pepper, each dish possibly more delectable than the next. Be careful if you have greedy dining companions though, the food comes in dainty, high-priced portions perfect for the figure-conscious, which is most of the clientele, but it might take a few to satisfy if you don’t have a supermodel appetite. The seductive sake lounge, with its elegant antique wood finish, adds to Zuma’s appeal. As would be expected, a wide range of sakes are on offer, along with spirits and cocktails, and some non-alcoholic ß-health boosting cleansersß- if you’re feeling worthy. Resident DJs play into the evening.