Upscale Japanese fare made for sharing
Merging contemporary sophistication with friendly informality, Zuma Abu Dhabi brings the Japanese izakaya style of dining to the capital.
Zuma Abu Dhabi arrived on the scene following the success of its sister restaurant in Dubai and has been drawing in an eclectic mix of clientele ever since with its sleek style and flawless cooking.
Teak wood and organically hewn Thai stone counter tops and walls create a warm and welcoming environment thanks to the talented hand of Tokyo-based interior designer Noriyoshi Muramatsu.
The action in the main dining room of the Abu Dhabi establishment centres on signature robata and sushi counters. Talented chefs prepare the food in full sight of the diners and dishes which are made to share are brought steadily to the table izakaya style.
Bold, intense flavours with an emphasis on simple presentation and quality ingredients are the mainstay of the menu. Expect the likes of wagu beef served with truffle mayonnaise, salt grilled seabass with burnt tomato and ginger, roasted boston lobster and beef sushi with oscietra caviar.
Accompanying the gourmet delights is an extensive sake menu and wide-ranging wine list. Guests are even encouraged to visit the walk-in wine cellar and meet the team of sommeliers.
As night approaches, the bar and lounge area takes on another dimension as sensuous lighting and a resident DJ emerge on the scene and stick around until late. Another highlight is the restaurant's elevated position on Al Maryah Island, which provides beautiful waterfront views.
Zuma Abu Dhabi is well worth a visit, particularly if you are in the city to watch the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, as the restaurant is only 35 minutes by road from Yas Marina.