With the “it” crowd still packing the place its no wonder that the bar at zuma has become something of the institution for the social elite of London. Although the restaurant has the most amazing new wave Japanese cuisine offering the stylish paring-and-sharing menu it all seams to be lost on the crowd who are more concerned with who is watching their latest fashion accessory. However if you there for the food be sure to order the battered squid which is perfect to start your meal which has to be followed by a selection of there beautifully presented sushi and sashimi platters and of you find your self there and are not a lover of row fish don't despair as they have the most amazingly succulent beef which is sure to melt in your mouth and have you coming back over and over again. This is a truly fantastic place to show of your latest extravagant fashion purchase . Enjoy being watched and people watching in this stylish environment. ****
Address 5 Raphael Street, SW7 1DL
Tel 020 7584 1010
Opening Hours Mon-Fri 12N-2.15pm (Fri -2.45pm) Sat-Sun 12.30-3.15pm Mon-Sun 6-11pm (Sun -10pm)
Zuma’s famously ‘electric atmosphere’ is as much of an attraction as its sensational interpretation of Japanese cooking & it’s easy to see why so many still regard this as ‘the best restaurant in London’. Sure, it’s ‘noisy & showy’ but the ‘consistently well cooked & presented food’ remains among the most thrilling the capital has to offer. A lengthy menu ensures there’s plenty of scope to experiment but we keep turning back to the trusted favourites – edamame in chilli, garlic & soy; beef tataki; spider crab sushi rolls; & grilled chicken wings with lime & sea salt. The small dishes do add up, particularly when you factor in stiffly priced drinks, but then again you’re paying for the wow factor of dining in one of the defining restaurant experiences of noughties London. Service can occasionally be a fly in the ointment, with complaints about lengthy waits reaching our ears. Nevertheless, we find ourselves agreeing with the majority who think Zuma is ‘worth every penny’.
Wine Notes: Alessandro Marchesan has fashioned a fine list to complement Zuma’s challenging menu. There are plenty of fragrant whites & soft reds &, most importantly, an extensive range by the glass – essential when you’re indulging in one of the tasting menus.
Chef: Rainer Becker
With tremendous success at his ground-breaking Japanese restaurant Zuma, which he launched four years ago, German-born chef Rainer Becker went on to open the marginally less formal Roka in Charlotte Street two years later. Both restaurants have a reputation for serving stunning food in smart surroundings. Becker’s impressive CV features some of the finest hotels & restaurants in Germany as well as Sydney’s Park Hyatt hotel. This was followed by a move to the Park Hyatt in Tokyo, where he worked for six years embracing the local cuisine & culture. A move to London with Hyatt saw him launch the Rib Room & Oyster bar at the Hyatt Carlton Tower (now Jumeirah) before opening Zuma.