Zuma purports to be a “twist on the traditional Japanese izakaya”, but it doesn’t resemble any izakaya I’ve ever visited. The 10,000 square foot contemporary space in the Landmark is stylishly designed and features three open kitchens composed of natural stone and glass with a sushi counter and robata counter. Upstairs is a sleek lounge and bar which is accessed by a dramatic spiral staircase. The cuisine is also modern, with signature sauces and updated preparations. All of these factors have made it an extremely popular choice for business lunches. It’s also a chain, with locations in seven other cities. If you’re beginning to think that this all sounds a bit like Nobu, you’d be right: venture capitalist turned restaurateur Arjun Waney famously opened Zuma when he repeatedly couldn’t secure a table at Nobu in London due to the waits.
Zuma has a sprawling, eclectic menu, and I am typically wary of restaurants with too many options, fearing that they will be unable to execute all of them well. I was impressed by the consistent quality at Zuma, particularly of the robata and cooked items, though the sashimi and sushi was consistently underwhelming. For example, a grilled maitake mushroom is wonderfully crispy and a squeeze of sudachi, the green citrus fruit analogous to a lime, is a perfect ornament. Asparagus with wafu sauce and sesame has a slight char and is extremely fresh. There is excellent seafood prepared in a variety of fashions: yellowtail teriyaki with yuzu radish, a light and refreshing baked cod in a mitsuba salad, flying fish temura with wasabi mayonnaise or miso marinated black cod in a hoba leaf.
Zuma has two other significant virtues: wonderful al fresco dining on its terrace and a popular, boozy Sunday brunch buffet. It also has one significant drawback: indifferent, inattentive service that was unfortunately not a one-off problem, but a consistent issue.
15 Queen's Road
+852 3657-6388 Mon-Sat, midnight-3pm, 6pm-11pm; Sun, 11am-3pm, 6pm-11pm
- Hong Kong
- Al Fresco
- Best Decor
- BYOB Corkage Fee $500HKD
- Private Dining Room Private Dining Room 1: 8 seated Private Dining Room 2: 12 seated
- Zagat : 24 (2008)
RECOMMENDED DISHES See All
- Sake no take to touchi tare - sesame coated sliced salmon with spring onion, ginger soy dressing
- Tara to papurika no yakibitashi - baked cod and roasted pepper with mitsuba salad
- Tokudai wafu asupara - asparagus with wafu sauce and sesame
- Maitake no sumibiyaki to sudachi - grilled maitake mushrooms and sudachi
- Buri no kuwayaki to yuzu oroshi - yellowtail teriyaki with yuzu radish
- Tobiuo no tempura to wasabi tare - whole flying fish tempura with wasabi mayonnaise
- Gindara Saikyo-Yaki - Miso marinated black cod wrapped in hoba leaf