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Restaurant Spotlight: Zuma, Dubai’s Popular Izakaya Inspired Japanese Restaurant

This is what Japanese dining dreams are made of!

15 Apr, 2021 by Gargi Bisht

This is what Japanese dining dreams are made of!

All the way from Knightsbridge, London to DIFC, Dubai, Zuma is a posh Izakaya-inspired Japanese restaurant created & conceptualized by famed Chef-turned-entrepreneur Rainer Becker.


This Award-winning Japanese restaurant is not only one of the most premier dining destinations in Dubai but also an epitome of a truly inspired dining experience that succeeded in establishing itself as the undisputed gastronomic genius in the global F&B scene as well.


Zuma is a contemporary Japanese dining destination that drew inspiration from the concept of 'Izakaya' dining which is quite ubiquitous in Japan. Loosely translated the word Izakaya means a spot to grab a drink, settle in, and get comfortable. They are places where people come to unwind with co-workers and friends. More like a tapas bar or gastropub. And in the true style of an Izakaya, the delish dishes on the menu of Zuma are also curated as small plates that are meant for sharing.


The menu leans heavily towards sake and beer, with a short but stellar selection of specialty cocktails. The Japanese Old Fashioned really delivers with a memorable blend of smoky whiskey, house bitters, and a sweet brown sugar reduction.


Coming to the food, their menu is quite comprehensive and features modern Japanese cuisine that is authentic but not traditional. Their preparations pack bold, intense flavors with an emphasis on simple presentation to showcase a variety of dishes from their three kitchens: the main kitchen, the sushi counter, and the robata grill.


The King Crab Salad with Avocado & Sesame Dressing is a thing of beauty and the perfect fresh and crunchy appetizer to begin your culinary journey with.


 Their Miso Marinated Black Cod Wrapped in Hoba Leaf and Roasted Lobster With Shiso Ponzu Butter are two exceptional delicacies.


The Chu-Toro Tartare with Oscietra Caviar + Miso Bun is another classic Zuma dish and absolutely worth trying.


The sushi and sashimi here are undoubtedly the best you can get in Dubai. Their Salmon Aburi with Mentaiko Sauce is simply divine and every sushi lover’s dream come true!


Other must-have recommendations include Grilled Scallops with Honey Ume Boshi, Shiso and Mentaiko, Miso Japanese Eggplant, Seared Salmon with Lime Shiso Soy, Lobster Carpaccio with Yuzu Granite and Caviar, and Zuma’s famous dessert- Special Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.


Showcasing the winning combination of great food, service, and cocktails, Zuma is truly a one-of-a-kind restaurant that is informal, yet sophisticated and everything you hope a world-class dining experience to be!

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Gargi Bisht is an event copywriter/conceptualizer turned writer currently working with EazyDiner Pvt. Ltd. Compulsive eater, book hoarder, dog lover and pop culture enthusiast with an innate love for storytelling. Usually the quietest person in the room, Gargi is an introvert who loves her own company. When not eating, can be found in front of her laptop watching movies. Knows a thing or two about art and literature.

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