Time Out says
A fashionable modern Japanese restaurant in Knightsbridge.
Dangerously seductive and relentlessly fashionable, this high-gloss Knightsbridge rendezvous is a slinky honeypot for A-list celebs, swanky bankers and sporting superstars – is that Lewis Hamilton over there? Post-industrial with a touch of Zen, Zuma also serves up some astonishing modern Japanese food, whether you’ve bagged a ringside seat by the kitchen or fancy mingling with the big boys in the dining room. On offer is a line-up of immaculate dishes with pin-sharp flavours and oh-so-pretty embellishments: a procession of high-art sushi and sashimi, explosive stuff from the robata grill (chicken wings with saké, sea salt and lime), shrimp tempura with shisu and citrus mayo etc. To drink, trend-setting cocktails, premium saké and matching wines are tailor-made for Zuma’s high-rolling punters.
5 Raphael Street
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When I arrive at the front door, there was a couple of bouncers and a woman holding a pen and clipboard standing. This isn’t a nightclub so why would there be a woman standing outside holding a clipboard and a pen. The clientele are rather trendy with a lot of business type clients on weekdays and an influx of orange tanned WAG-wannabes standing around the bar area all looking to snare that millionaire lifestyle, particularly on weekends. Perhaps not appealing to most, but rather funny to watch.
From my table, I could see the open kitchen with many chefs working very hard inside.To begin with, I ordered their Zuma salad which tasted garden-fresh and arrived with bold vibrant colours. Their Yellow Tail and Salmon Sashimi was succulent and tender. Their spicy Tuna Rolls had just the right amount of kick. Their Crab Rolls reminded me of flavours of the ocean with a hint of garlic and a touch of citrus -utterly gratifying in every bite. Their signature Black Cod was silky, buttery and velvetty – an explosion of flavours with the Miso sauce adding just the right sweetness.
For dessert, their generous portion of Pecan Pie and Kokuto Caramel Sundae is a deconstructed Pecan Pie made with an unusal flavour of Sweet Potato Icecream – distinguishingly decadent and not overly sweet.
If you like trendy fusion Japanese food prepared in a swanky ambiance, booking in advance is essential. Prices are punchy at just under £80.00 per head but the place serves top- notch cuisine. With open kitchens and an enormous sushi bar it’s almost like a theatre. Many restaurants like this fail to match these prices and layout and come across as arrogant and soulless. But Zuma delivers. It is trendy and vanguard, yet maintains clear Oriental roots.
Best sushi restaurant in London! It's fine and well presented and the atmosphere is amazing.
It is expensive but worth it!
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.