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Arjun Waney and Rainer Becker’s “well-oiled” glamour-magnet, just off Knightsbridge, “has kept its high standards for more than 15 years now” (it opened in 2002, nowadays with spin-offs around the globe). “The cocktail bar is a bit of a zoo”, but that just adds energy to its “buzzy” (“so noisy!”), “casual and comfortable” overall style; and even if Japanese-fusion cuisine doesn’t today seem like quite the genius-magic it did on opening, the “sublime” dishes here still feel as fresh as a daisy: “wonderous bites” of sushi, black cod and other “supreme” creations.
“It takes flak for being too showy”, and “can be a little over-run by glam types”, but “the foundations of this fun Knightsbridge scene are as appealing as ever – fantastic, innovative cuisine, welcoming service and a wonderful, vibrant atmosphere”. The Japanese-fusion dishes deliver “brilliant flavours”: “superb sashimi and black cod (although all the fish is amazing)” to “steak mains to die for”. “It’s been a favourite for over a decade now and still feels fresh.”
“Exceptional” Japanese-fusion cuisine still wins very consistent praise for this svelte, “very buzzy” Knightsbridge haunt, whose appeal – in its fifteenth year – still stacks up well. OK, there’s some “tossing around of black credit cards” by its eurotrashy following, but this can make for “awesome people-watching”, and even though “it’s very expensive, it’s worth it”.
“The big wristwatch brigade” are out in force, especially at the “very cool bar” of this swish haunt, which is “always buzzing with the Knightsbridge set”. Its Japanese-fusion morsels are “truly sensational” too, but service has seemed more “inattentive” of late, and “the bill can leave you feeling flat”.
Zuma Restaurant Diner Reviews
"The Best Seafood restaurant in London"
|Wine per bottle||£25.00|
5 Raphael St, London, SW7 1DL
lunch noon - 3 pm, Sat & Sun 3.30 pm, dinner 6 pm - 11 pm, Sun 10.30 pm
Last orders: 10.45 pm, Sun 10.15 pm