If you’re looking for a sure thing, this Dubai institution will tick all your boxes. A mainstay on our culinary scene since it opened back in 2009, its popularity shows no sign of waning. Besides being only one of two restaurants from Dubai on the San Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurants list, along with its sister outlet Le Petite Maison, Zuma’s beverage craftsmanship saw it recently nominated in the category for the World’s 50 Best Bars.
Inspired by the elements of Earth, Fire, Water and Air, the interior of this two-story restaurant is an open layout; while there is a contrast of stone and granite on the lower floor complete with open sushi bar and theatrical robata grill, materials of wood and metal dominate above. Connected by a spectacular staircase, the restaurant is an impressive way to seal a deal, whether its work related or bagging the girl/man of your dreams.
Zuma is the brainchild of German-born, Tokyo-trained chef, Rainer Becker, whose passion behind creating meticulous dishes has seen the Japanese restaurant chain go global since opening in London in 2002. It now boasts locations in New York, Hong Kong, Istanbul and Miami, as well as in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
The menu is vast and can be overwhelming, but honestly, everything is good. Try the signatures of spicy beef tenderloin with sesame, red chili and sweet soy from the robata grill or the tuna tataki from the sushi bar which combines sliced seared tuna, chilli daikon and ponzu sauce.
If there’s one brunch you need to try, this is it. Brunch used to be an exclusive affair and only available in certain periods, but hurray! This classy offering which is brought to the table a la carte style, is now available every Friday from 12.30-4pm. It’s pretty much always fully booked, so make a reservation way in advance and prepare to be stunned.
Location: Gate Village 06, DIFC
Tel: 04 425 5660
Timings: 12.30pm-3.30pm, 7pm-12midnight Sat-Wed, 7pm-1am Thu-Fri
The Zuma Ebisu lunch menu, with soup, two starter dishes and a main for just Dhs130.