Every year, for my birthday I will try to organise dinner with my closest and dearest somewhere we’ve never been before. This year it was Zuma.
Zuma is a Japanese restaurant which serves contemporary Japanese cuisine. Its global presence include Hong Kong, Dubai, Bangkok, Miami, NYC and of course London where I experienced the tasting menu.
Located in the heart of Knightsbridge, the venue is very accessible and is only a short walking distance from the tube station. Notwithstanding its location, at one of the most premium London estate areas, the restaurant is no short of space. Patrons are spoilt for choices whether they want to be seated at the bar, at the more relaxed lounge area or in the main dining area. Seating at the bar means you will be able to feast your eyes watching the chefs in action while the food is being prepared. For those who wants more privacy and/or organising a private function (surprised party perhaps?!) there are two private dining rooms catering for 12 and 14 guests respectively which are available for hire.
Atmosphere wise, it was great and amazing, considering we went on a week night. The restaurant was buzzing and busy the whole time we were there. Having said that it wasn’t too noisy that one has to shout to be heard.
The tasting menu comes with a spread of 10 dishes selected by the chef. They are 1. Crispy fried squid with green chilis and lime 2. Sliced yellowtail with green chilli relish, ponzu and pickled garlic 3.Fried soft-shell crab with wasabi mayonnaise 4. Tartar of tuna with crispy rice cracker 5. Selection of sushi and sashimi 6. Marinated black cod wrapped with hola leaf 7. Seared beef with soy, ginger, lime and coriander 8. Spicy yellowtail roll with sansho pepper, avocado and wasabi mayo. (Missing from photos are Spicy beef tenderloin with sesame, red chilli and sweet soy, and asparagus with wafu sauce and sesame).
To finish off the meal, two desserts were included in the menu. On the LHS is chocolate fondant with caramel and praline and vanilla ice cream; and on the RHS is chawan mushi with exotic fruits, both of which are yummilicious!
Overall, it was a lovely spread, we went home happy and stuffed. x