May 11, 2018
While the London branch of Zuma there are other outlets in Hong Kong, Miami, Istanbul and, of course, Dubai – may be best known for its flawless Japanese food, and is a favourite with the moneyed Knightsbridge set as a result, it also serves a selection of wonderful saké and shochu-based cocktails and this is where our interest lies. The space is glamorous, as you would expect, albeit in a comparatively understated way. After a hard day’s shopping and spending in the surrounding streets, you can perch at the stylishly illuminated rectangular bar and admire the elegant granite and maple design, as well as your fellow drinkers. The courteous service is at odds with the kind of the crowd the place can attract, sometimes amusingly so. The drinks list features some 40 different sakes including some real rarities but it’s the cocktails that really excite. The drinks are beautifully presented with incredible attention to detail. The Rubabu is a delicate mix of rhubarb infused daiginjo sake shaken with vodka and fresh passion fruit while the delicious Zuma Bellini adds ripe apricots and a dash of wild strawberry liqueur to a blend of sake and crisp champagne. It’s worth noting that the bar food menu is a good way of sampling Zuma’s exquisite cooking without putting (too) big a dent in your wallet, but this is Knightsbridge and when it comes to money, everything’s relative.