A sophisticated twist on contemporary Japanese dining
Where is it?
The nearest tube is Knightsbridge, but it's once you get inside that this destination becomes exciting!
What's it like?
Zuma has a swanky dark wood, marble and stone interior which compliments the modern Japanese menu. "Nobu who?" you'll be saying once you've tried the gorgeous sea bream with seaweed, garlic and ginger, or any of the beef dishes which taste so tender you'd swear you were biting into soft butter. Vegetarians are well catered for, with an extensive tofu menu, and the green tea and banana cake on the dessert menu can only be declared "unmissable". The punters here vary from the young and trendy to besuited businessmen, and the spend per head can be pretty high. The tasting menu, for instance, is £100 a head. The staff are extremely courteous and professional though, able to tell you the origins and cooking methods for each dish, indeed offering this information before you order to help you decide. Enrique Iglesias, Martine McCutcheon and Nicole Scherzinger have all been recent visitors.
Why does Johnny Ikon love it?
This is Knightsbridge's most exciting destination restaurant, and let's face it - one needs to escape Nobu's stilted and uncertain staff sometimes. This is the perfect antidote, as you're assured of a warm welcome as soon as you arrive. Some would argue the food is better too!
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