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.
* “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.
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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