Hong Kong is a foodie’s mecca. Having well beyond 10,000 restaurants in this neon-lit metropolis, restaurants need to be on top of their game to stand out.
Zuma, the world-renowned contemporary Japanese restaurant, has proudly planted its flag in the heart of Hong Kong at no lesser location than the Landmark, one of the most prestigious addresses in the city. Zuma’s vision is to bring a sophisticated twist to the traditional Japanese izakaya style of eating – a sort-of high-end Japanese gastropub, if you like.
Descending down into the restaurant via a huge spiral staircase, I got a full view of the entire restaurant and it’s a cavernous space. Rather than hiding the kitchen in a separate room, as most restaurants do, Zuma’s kitchen is incorporated into the main dining area. I could see and smell all of the deliciousness coming from the food stations, making me eager to taste some of the food.
I kickstarted my meal with the suzuki no ozashimi, a dish made of thinly sliced seabass with yuzu, truffle oil and salmon roe. These are some of my favourite ingredients and the combination of the four was refreshing and mouth-watering. As with all of the dishes, the sushi and sashimi omakase comes artfully presented, creations perfect for the Instagram age.
Zuma’s strength is in its signature dishes and behind the grill. The miso-marinated black cod wrapped in hoba beef and the spicy beef tenderloin with sesame, red chilli and sweet soy were delicious. In fact, I’d go as far as saying that the black cod was the best I’ve had. Ever. Make sure to save some room for desserts. The sesame ice cream and the chocolate fondant are to die for.
The service was friendly and personable without being intrusive. My waitress took the time to find out what kind of drinks I liked and recommended some great cocktails and sake to go with the food.
Next time you are popping by Hong Kong, don’t miss the opportunity to treat yourself to a superb meal at Zuma! The raving reviews are well deserved, and I can’t wait to go back.