Restaurant Review: Zuma, DIFC
Location: Gate Village 06, DIFC
Tel: 04 425 5660
Dress code: Smart-casual
Times: 12.30pm to 3pm and 7pm to midnight, Saturday to Thursday; 12.30pm to 3.30pm, Friday brunch; and 7pm to 1am, Thursday and Friday
Price Range: $$$$
Zuma fairly buzzes with the kind of trendy energy that’s a magnet for Dubai’s swish set; just as the London, Hong Kong and Miami outposts, among others, attract movers and shakers. There are many in the city addicted to the restaurant’s famous black cod; day after day and night after night, you’ll find this lot packing the DIFC venue for their fix. While the cuisine’s a celebration of contemporary Japanese, the decor’s an exercise in creative geometry. Think mod split levels – bar, robata and sushi areas, main dining area – and a stunning bamboo sculpture presiding over it all. It fairly shouts luxe and exclusive but, refreshingly, the staff are an extraordinarily friendly bunch, as welcoming and helpful to first-time visitors as they are to regulars.
It can be difficult to pick from Zuma’s sweeping menu because everything is so good that it deserves to be savoured. We specially recommend the nigiri selection – in one word, delectable. Dessert’s a decadent affair as you dig into the special chocolate with vanilla bean ice cream, including a mini sweet sheet that has the word Zuma stamped across it in golden letters.
If you’re in a rush, try the Ebisu lunch menu (Dhs120) that’s served in under an hour. Ideally though, take your time and spend an entire afternoon or evening revelling in all of Zuma’s treasures. Particularly that black cod – everything you’ve heard about it is true.
On the Menu
Tuna maki roll, Dhs42
Salmon sashimi, seaweed with sesame ponzu and fresh chilli, Dhs75
Miso marinated black cod wrapped in hoba leaf, Dhs165
Spicy beef tenderloin with sesame, red chilli and soy sauce, Dhs165
Special chocolate with vanilla bean ice cream, Dhs60
Green chilli marinated pineapple with coco