Zuma

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Hyde Park

Out of simplicity can come excellence, and the food at Zuma is a case in point. The venue may be swish (with well-to-do patrons propping up the amply stocked cedar bar), the fixtures and fittings expensive, but when it comes to the food, much of the wow factor is down to high-class ingredients that haven’t been messed around with too much. Own-made silken tofu, presented in a cedar saké cup, was rich, creamy and light.

The barley miso, freshly grated wasabi and other accompaniments allowed the tofu to shine. A more indulgent dish of spicy miso with lobster also had a clarity of flavour, with the sweet shellfish the star. An ample house special of deep-fried lemon sole was served with a fresh, tangy ponzu sauce and cleverly presented in a bowl made of the curved and deep-fried skeleton of the fish. Our waiting staff couldn’t have been nicer, and even the chefs behind the imposing robata grill seemed to be having a good time.

This is one contemporary Japanese restaurant that we’re happy to come back to time and again. Be sure to give the saké list a proper look too, there are more than 40 to choose from.

 

Venue name: Zuma
Contact:
Address: 5 Raphael Street
London
SW7 1DL
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Fri; 12.30-11pm Sat; noon-10pm Sun. Food served noon-2.15pm, 6-10.45pm Mon-Thur; noon-2.45pm, 6-10.45pm Fri; 12.30-3.15, 6-10.45pm Sat; 12.30-3.15pm, 6-10.15pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Knightsbridge

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Zara S

Truly delicious food. Exquisite actually. Am already looking forward to my next visit. Stunningly good, great service, fairly aloof crowd but everyone genuinely looking as if they were enjoying the experience which makes for a very upbeat, exciting atmosphere. A favourite for me already.