Dangerously seductive Zuma is the kind of restaurant you can fall for at the first meeting, & it continues to arouse a drooling response from readers. Here is a destination that crackles with electricity & flaunts its slinky glamour against a moody urban backdrop – think Blade Runner meets Zen temple. It may be a relentlessly fashionable playground, but it also delivers ‘sublime’ & astonishing contemporary Japanese food – a procession of palate-challenging, beautifully conceived & immaculately presented grazing plates bristling with pin-sharp flavours, textures & contrasts. Sushi are out of the top drawer, but it’s worth considering light-as-a-cloud langoustine tempura coated in fine, spaghetti-like kadaif pastry or a succulent pork skewer with yuzu mustard miso, served sizzling from the robata grill. Stratospheric prices reflect the venue’s celeb status & tables are like gold dust but, once you’re safely ensconced, Zuma will deliver ‘a truly tantalising experience’.
5 Raphael Street, London SW7 1DL
Telephone: 020 7584 1010