Zuma

Price guide: Expensive

Gate Village, Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai

Price guide: Expensive

Zuma

By Alex Ritman, your Dubai expert

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#5 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Dubai
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.6
4.6
Ambience:
4.6
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Service:
4.1
4.1
Location:
3.9
3.9
Value for money:
4.1
4.1
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Foodies, Singles, Art, Design and architecture, Nightlife, People watching, Trendiness

Expert review of Zuma

The internationally adored Japanese restaurant and bar strikes a hearty chord in Dubai.

Deep in the heart of Dubai's business district sits this smartly-designed outpost of the internationally-renowned and celebrity-endorsed Japanese. Despite the location, it's not all pin-stripes here and Zuma has become a hugely popular spot for exquisite eastern dishes or just a few post-work drinks at the cool bar. 

Food and drink: 

The portions may be on the small side, but the taste is really something special, the menu is packed with contemporary Japanese dishes, with a few staples thrown in for good measure. Zuma has established itself as a purveyor of fine Japanese across the world and the Dubai station continues in this fashion.

Recommended dishes: 

Blimey, where to start. Grilled scallops, seafood tempura, softshell crab and, of course, the obligatory assortment of sushi, there's enough here to keep most satisfied. 

Ambience: 

Mixing bar and restaurant, upstairs and downstairs, Zuma manages to be both rowdy and relaxing. Come Thursday evening (start of our weekend), the bar area gets very crowded as the financial types from the nearby area come to light cigars with 100 dollar bills, or whatever it is financial types do after securing 'a deal'. But you can easily escape this to the outdoor seating space. 

Service: 

Usually excellent, but expect to wait a little longer - especially at the bar - during the busier evenings.  

Location: 

Zuma is sat at the back of Gate Village, the New Yorkish area of galleries and bars at the back of the Dubai International Financial Centre (or DIFC for short) just off the main Sheikh Zayed Road. It's not ideal for tourists, being far from most attractions and beaches, but still very much worth a visit (especially for the Friday brunch) and most taxis should be able to take you there without much bother. 

Price advice: 

The dishes are small so you'll probably have to get a few to fill up. Expect to pay 200-300 dirhams for a meal per person. A better option than going a la carte is the Friday brunch from 12.30pm-4pm, which offers all-you-can-eat, plus unlimited soft drinks for 315 dirhams, unlimited house beverages for 425 dirhams or unlimited pink bubbly for 550 dirhams. On Sunday evening, ladies can get cocktails for 25 dirhams, plus a tasting menu of 195 dirhams. There's a decent set lunch option too, running every day except Friday from 12.30pm-3pm for 110 dirhams. 

More information on Zuma:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Bar, Restaurant, Wine bar
Food:
Japanese
Address:
Gate Village, Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai
Telephone:
04 425 5660
Website:
http://www.zumarestaurant.com
Serves:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Open Sat-Thu 12.30pm-3pm; Fri 12.30pm-4pm; Sat-Wed 7pm-midnight; Thu-Fri 7pm-1am.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

Have you been to Zuma? Would you recommended it?