Zuma Restaurant – Dubai

Posted by Mark

I don’t go to Dubai much but when I do a friend of mine always nags me to pass by and try Zuma. Zuma is a trendy contemporary Japanese restaurant located near Burj Khalifa in DIFC. I had to book a table a few days before arriving to Dubai since it’s pretty difficult to find a table on the weekends.

The place looked amazing at night with a really high ceiling and great use of light. When we sat down we were given the menu but I already knew what I wanted since I already had some recommendations from friends. We went with rock shrimp and a salmon dish for our starters along with steamed Edamame. For our main course we went with two of their specialities, the black cod and spicy beef. We also ordered sweet corn and sweet potato for our side dishes and I finished up with their chocolate fondant.

Since I had heard so much about the place I had very high expectations and so wasn’t really impressed with our starters. The rock shrimp was similar to other rock shrimps I’ve had in Kuwait and the salmon appetizer was also very familiar. But, things quickly improved after that. The sweet potato arrived before our main course and it was crazy good, I hadn’t had anything like it before. The sweet potato was glazed with teriyaki sauce and topped with sesame, I’d order it again in a heart beat. Our black cod and spicy beef dishes arrived a short while later along with our sweet corn with shiso butter. The corn was cut into blocks around 5 kernels high and had sticks in them. They were very easy to eat (like popsicles) and were full of flavor, another side dish I’d highly recommend. The spicy beef dish was super tender and had a sesame, red chili and sweet soy sauce. Although it was great I’d probably try something different the next time I’m there. Now the black cod dish is the reason why I decided to even post about Zuma. The black cod is marinated in miso and wrapped in hoba leaf. When it arrives the waiter opens up the leaf for you and rubs a bit of ginger onto it. I really don’t think I have the vocabulary to beging to describe the flavor, I didn’t expect it to be that good and I loved it. This is really the dish you have to order if you ever go to Zuma. We ended dinner with their special chocolate fondant. For some reason they thought it was Nat’s birthday and it arrived with a candle and happy birthday scribbled with chocolate. Luckily no loud banging and singing was accompanied with the dessert.

I really had a great experience and if you’ve never been it’s definitely worth passing by the next time you’re in Dubai. Our bill came out KD95 but that included a KD35 bottle of wine and a 15% tip. Without the wine it’s basically KD30 a person which is pretty reasonable for the quality of food you’re getting. The two main dishes cost around KD12.5 each which I think is underpriced compared to some of the more expensive dishes I’ve had here in Kuwait. If you’re interested make sure you call and book in advance so you’re not disappointed. Their number is +971 4 425 5660 and here is the link to their [Website]


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18 comments, add your own...


  1. His says:

    I love Zuma however I heard that OKKU is a better place there.

    Also if you are still in Dubai try out The Farm ….

    http://www.thefarm.org/

  2. Mathai says:

    Ok lemme guess. Go broke at Zuma and dine at Saravana Bhavan the following week to compensate? :P

  3. David says:

    I have to say KD12.5 for a main doesn’t sound too underpriced to me.

  4. aaa says:

    Zuma is alright. Way too overpriced. A lot of Japanese places in the US have higher quality food for less, it’s just the ambience you’re mainly paying for.

    • aaa says:

      Also the portions are tiny. 30KD a person is alright if you don’t leave hungry :P

      • Mark says:

        I guess it depends what you order. The salmon starter I felt was over priced at like KD6 for six very thinly sliced pieces of salmon. But, the cod on the other hand was very decently sized and at KD12.5 I really thought it was great value.

      • ahmedA says:

        The fashion now is to eat small portions and especially in Asia. I also enjoyed this resturant and even liked the one in Bangkok.

  5. FYI says:

    first time I went, I was like what the hell the entrance is in a garage basement? did the concierge pull a joke on me and give me the wrong address? looked like a dodgy club.

  6. lloyd_911 says:

    KD60 for a dinner for 2?
    Am I the only one around here who feels thats ridiculous?

  7. Joe says:

    No Lloyd Im with you on that one. Thank God I live in Vancity where the SAME items will cost you know more than 5 KD and that is with tip :P. But hey if you can find ppl to pay that much for it, more power to Zuma more power to the rest of em. I save my big dollas for food that is pricey EVERYWHERE.

  8. n4s3r says:

    Visiting Zuma is a MUST when I go to Dubai

  9. Ali Sleeq says:

    Okku is great… never been to Zuma. Will look into it when I go in Eid.

  10. Joe Muha says:

    bet Essa was the “naggy voice”

  11. Acerboy says:

    Lol @ Luckily no loud banging and singing was accompanied with the dessert.

  12. Yousef says:

    Its really funny that just an a hour ago i was there, the design and the atmosphere was really great but the food not so, i had better japanese in kuwait and the state, nothing to be crazy about at all and the prices way way way over priced for 2 starters 2 main dishes and 2 type of rolls and 2 soft drinks it cost more than KD 85 !!! Maki and Dragon much much better food but Zuma beat them with the design and the ambience


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