Zuma DIFC Dubai – Review
There’s no secret that Zuma Dubai has stood the test of time in an utterly incontrovertible fashion. The sleek modern Japanese restaurant has everything a modern eatery should have. It has the millennial thirst for the avant-garde, Gen X’s appetite for cultural innuendos, and a little bit for everyone else who falls in between the generational tide.
Located in the Dubai international financial center at the heart of the city and within the vicinity, the Burj Khalifa, Zuma Dubai surpasses expectations quite conveniently. Offering the Japanese izakaya style of dining which basically is about informal, family-style dining centered on course after course food, serves a sharing menu, making it a more personal and idiosyncratic experience. It comes as no surprise that even with the packed crowd, Zuma Dubai keeps its refreshing originality intact and not for a moment a person like myself who disparage crowd, got a feeling of being out of place and my element. The restaurant brought the quirky in me out, there’s animation, there’s connectivity, gossip and lot more than just food.
Zuma Dubai is all about experience, from grating fresh wasabi to the wafting umami aromas of Japanese rice, to a deluge of delectable sharing dishes that are moreish and visually incredible. Dishes are steadily brought to the table creating a delicate style of eating and drinking, with a contemporary twist.
Set over three levels, Zuma Dubai’s interior has definitive retro vibes, warm and elegant at the same time. The restaurant has received many Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards over the years because of its culinary consistency and a distinguished excellence in absolutely everything it does.
As it always and eventually comes down to food, Zuma Dubai’s menu exudes with simple food, high-quality ingredients, and impeccable execution. From the robata skewers to the sashimi, tempura to the tataki – nothing’s out of place, every bite is sumptuously umami and Oishī. To end on a sweet note, the signature dessert platter exceeded my expectations. Comprising a selection of six desserts, fruits and sorbets, it is served on a bed of crushed ice with tiny Asian elements. It’s perfect for sharing as well as for impressing guests and guarantees that the meal ends in the most memorable way.