Zuma has just celebrated its 10th birthday in Dubai and remains as popular today as when it first launched. Taking its cue from its big sister venue in London’s Knightsbridge, Zuma Dubai’s concept is based around the informal izakaya style of dining, where food is served to share.
The décor is based on the ancient principles of feng shui. Look closely and you’ll spot all five essential elements, including fire from the robata grill, earth in the granite and glass details, wood for doors and panels, metal in the rust-covered walls, and water, thanks to the signature Zuma-stamped ice blocks.
The attention to detail is incredible. The bamboo sculpture that dominates the venue is crafted from 350 canes flown across from Australia, supported by over 2.5km of steel wiring. All of the ceramics in the restaurant and bar were handmade by artist Arita San.
The best-loved dishes have withstood the test of time. The black cod, marinated in miso and wrapped in hoba leaf is still one of the best sellers on the menu, while rib-eye with wafu sauce and garlic chips, and jumbo tiger prawn with yuzu pepper are also popular choices.
Some sneaky celeb spotting. P Diddy, Hollywood legends Robert De Niro and Forrest Whitaker, and Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan have all been spotted there in recent months.
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