Zuma is considered to be one of the highest standard Japanese restaurants in London, with celebrities casually strolling in and out. The high quality Japanese food is reflected by the high price you pay to dine at Zuma. I’ve attached the Zuma London menu prices for your reference, as I couldn’t find them anywhere online myself.
On Thursday, after a long and annoying day at work my colleague and I decided that we deserve to treat ourselves. I didn’t care, I wanted to devour some good Japanese food and payday was conveniently the next day so I thought hey – why not finally visit Zuma.
Receptionists at Zuma can be very hit and miss, this time though they were very nice. We put our names down and within 35 minutes we were seated by the robata counter. The earlier you get there, the earlier you will be seated. Come after 8 and you will most likely wait a while.
I love the cosy wooden decor and dim lighting. Its very romantic but unfortunately this was a ladies night and not a date, damn.
The service was great, I didn’t have to fill up my wine glass once and the space between the dishes was perfect. To start with we had the Yellowtail maki roll with pepper, avocado and wasabi mayo.
Along with spinach in sesame sauce. I personally, due to my roots, associate sesame normally with an Iranian dessert called Halva. The taste was definitely interesting but I prefer the robata vegetables like grilled asparagus.
Miso marinated Black cod. I always love black cod and this time was no different. The texture and flavour was perfect.
Scallops with black cod roe. This was amazing and quite possibly the nicest scallops I’ve ever had. Crispy and juicy mm..
For dessert we shared some coconut icecream which was delicious! I didn’t think it went well with the fruit though, the lychee and berries didn’t taste fresh.
The above including the wine came up to around £58 per person (breakdown can be found on the Zuma menu prices). It’s not a cheap meal but London can offer some seriously unsatisfying meals for more than that, plus we had our bottle of wine as well.
To be honest, I actually prefer Roka over Zuma. People at Zuma are a bit more mature and full of wealthy businessmen – slightly pretentious if I may – whereas Roka has got a young professional crowd. The quality of the food is really the same and the menu is very similar. So I’d highly recommend both, depending on the reason you’re going for! Zuma is perfect for a special occasion.