When one of Jake’s friends offered to book us a table at Zuma Dubai, I was excited. Part of the Roka Group, Zuma originally opened in Knightsbridge before going worldwide, with restaurants in Hong Kong, New York, Rome and Bangkok to name a few… But more importantly, it meant an evening of one my favourite foods- Japanese. Sitting in front of the chefs, I sat fixated at what they were preparing until our own food arrived.
Genuinely unable to begin to pick dishes, we decided to go for the taster menu. We began with Miso soup, which was soon joined by Spinach Gomaae (spinach in a sesame dressing). You know a meal is going to be good when a simple ingredient gets turned into the yummiest thing you’ve ever tasted. It’s no surprise that as soon as you start to search Zuma spinach in google, that ‘Zuma Spinach Salad Recipe’ comes up as a popular search term.
The Spinach was soon accompanied by the incredible Maguro No Sashimi- sliced seared tuna with chilli daikon and ponzu sauce. If I had been impressed by the spinach you can only imagine my reaction to this one.
Following the spinach and tuna, we had a more refreshing salad accompanied by Suzuki No Osashimi- thinly sliced seabass with yuzu, truffle oil and salmon roe. Just as with the tuna, it was out of this world good, as tasty as it was pretty.
Moving from the cold starters to the hot, we quickly tucked into the crispy fried squid with green chilli and lime (crispy and not chewy just as squid should be…) and the Gindara To Ebi No Gyoza- prawn and black cod dumplings, certainly an upgrade from the usual ‘chicken or vegetable’ options.
We started with the Sashimi. I have a confession- I’m not actually a huge Sashimi fan- something about the texture goes through me. But ice cold, with a squeeze of lime (apologies to the sashimi purists), I found myself enjoying it. Not quite yet reformed, but progress made…
The tuna and sea bass Nigiri were right up my street however, as were the Maki. The Avocado maki was good, the California maki was great (with fresh crab as supposed the the mystery meat you sometimes get….), and the Salmon maki with it’s crispy coating was next level.
More unusual for a sushi platter was the Wagyu Gunkan No Caviar- wagyu beef sushi with sevruga caviar. The Wagyu beef was soft and buttery- I would happily find this on my sushi platter more often.
We were now seriously starting to struggle for stomach space. We had heard the taster menu included a lot of food but we thought we’d be up for the challenge. Next up it was time to taste what the grill kitchen in front of us had to offer.
The most incredible desert platter arrived at our table accompanied with a bottle of desert wine and a congratulations for our recent engagement. I might have said I couldn’t have eaten another morsel, but I couldn’t resist having a spoonful (or two) of them. There was a molten chocolate pot, delicious ice creams, some kind of coconut dreamy pudding and another sponge cake, as well an exotic selection of fruits. It was the perfect end to what had without a doubt been one of the best meals of my life.
Moving upstairs to the bar we had a final surprise, with an artfully presented drinks tray. You know a shot is tasty when you want to sip it instead of swig it back all in one.
We left- full, a little drunk and beaming. Thank you Zuma for the most incredible and unforgettable evening!
Zuma has multiple locations around the world. For more information visit their website: https://www.zumarestaurant.com