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“Amazing black cod, must order”
Review of Zuma

Zuma
Ranked #141 of 23,718 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Sushi, Asian, Japanese, Grill
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Good for: Romantic, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Knightsbridge
Description: Zuma in London's Knightsbridge offers a sophisticated twist on the traditional Japanese izakaya style of informal eating and drinking. The ethos behind Zuma is to deliver an authentic, contemporary flavour of the east, while respecting the traditions of the past.
Reviewed 15 March 2015

We went to Zuma for lunch on a special occasion, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Zuma is a stone throw away from Harrods department store in Knightsbridge. It’s tucked away on a side road, so you’re not in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the main street.

Service was slow at times, but we didn’t mind it because we had good company. Most importantly, the food was to die for.

What we ordered…

* Deep-fried soft shell crab served on a bed of salad, and a side of wasabi mayonnaise. Deep-fried in light batter, each bite is crispy & airy, and goes really well with wasabi mayo.
* Gyu tataki – seared beef with ginger-lime-coriander soy sauce. Unfortunatelythe sauce is very sour, and each thin piece of rare beef is sitting on so much shredded vegetables you can hardly taste the beef. You can skip this one.
* Warm eggplant salad with sweet miso, topped with bonito flakes and served with a side of thinly sliced seaweed. OUT OF THIS WOLD. Eggplants, smeared with miso paste, are grilled to perfection, and goes so well with bonito flakes
* Vegetables tempura - pumpkin, green beans, enoki mushrooms, okras, potatoes, asparagus, and capsicum. Perfect batter.
* Crispy fried sole with spicy ponzu sauce – chunks of great quality fish, deep fried in light batter. The bowl is made from fish “skeleton” – very neat. Beware the white mound of what looks like mash potato underneath the bowl, it’s actually pure salt paste, and very unpleasant when you take a big bite. Served with wasabi mayonnaise and spicy ponzu sauce.
* Grilled black cod - the star of the show. This is the most beautiful piece of fish I’ve ever tasted. The cod is cooked perfectly, the fish meat is very moist, the miso flavour has the right amount of subtlety. You don’t even need the sauce it comes with.

For dessert:
* “Bamboo” Earl grey ice cream with kinako cake, served in the coolest dessert design ever. It looks like a pot plant – in the pot is a layer of cake, earl grey ice cream, fresh whipped cream, and crunchy chocolate soil. Great texture combination. Salted caramel sauce comes in a separate bowl, which you pour on. The “tree” branch is actually edible – tastes like plain cookie. The salted caramel was a bit too sweet for us, but otherwise a great dessert.

Summary:
Incredible food, good service (a bit slow at points, but they were quite busy, so it was understandable), amazing piece of black cod. Food is on a pricey side, but you pay for quality, and bear in mind it is in Knightsbridge.

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Reviewed 14 March 2015

Have been here On numerous occasions with our children or business associates based above. Came in at 6.45 pm and asked for an hour drink and nibbles with our 3 children aged 6, 14, 19 all girls impeccably dressed as we have many times before, to be greeted by zsanett who was incredibly rude and offered well below par service saying ah ah ah no kids and no room waving her fingers at us. I asked for he manager and explained we had just come from the Dorchester and had eaten many times before and expressed do not treat my children like hat they Re future customers!! Sojia saved he day and apologised and offered us a table for an hour which was fantastic, well done to this lady or my family and my clients would not be coming back again certainly not with children, not good Zumba.

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4  Thank JAB37
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Reviewed 14 March 2015

Had a meal there with a group of friends. Just handing in your coats was a bit disorganised, trying to order drinks from the bar was impossible as it was packed solid with people waiting for tables. Luckily were taken to our table quickly but then had to wait ages for our orders to be taken. The food was delicious but nothing spectacular. We had a great night because we were with a great group of friends (8 of us) but I would hate to go there for an intimate or relaxed dinner as the place feels manic and the service felt rushed from coat check to serving food to getting someone to bring us the bill.

Won't be going back.

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2  Thank TrevorRoy
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Reviewed 14 March 2015

Lovely atmosphere, great service, good friends and nice Japanese foodies...what else?

Good spot , definitely!

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2  Thank Bertrand M
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Reviewed 13 March 2015

Came here for dinner after some shopping on boxing day without a reservation and was really lucky to get a table... Food is amazing a little up market than my usual Roka 'sister restaurant' but lovely, buzzing atmosphere. Recommend to make a reservation as tables get booked up. Would love to make my next visit when shopping in town.

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