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Zuma Japanese Restaurant - Hong Kong | Restaurant Review

Trendy and fun atmoshpere, so-so sushi and service.


Restaurant Category : Japanese, Sushi

The Zuma Restaurant is a chain of restaurants found across different cities in the world. Zuma in Hong Kong is one of them and a place to visit for sushi in Hong Kong. Zuma in Hong Kong is located next to the Mandarin Oriental. Having enjoyed our visit to Zuma in Dubai, we were curious as to how this restaurant would fare in comparison.

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The First Impression: The Zuma in Hong Kong was as uber trendy as the one in Dubai. The feel and impression were definitely similar: a place to be seen, and a great place to hang (and party) with friends.

Décor and Ambience: Zuma in Hong Kong was completely chic and very cool. The visual design created by Noriyoshi Muramatsu in collaboration with the renowned design studio in Tokyo, Super Potato, is designed based on a Japanese garden with an open stone-kitchen in the natural ambience.

The restaurant is designed to fit two floors connected by spiraling stairways. The main dining level is divided into sections. One part of the Zuma in Hong Kong has different seating options, a sushi level and a different area for the Robata grill invites those looking for an intimate dining experience warmly. There were three open kitchens where you could watch the chefs at work. The ambience was completely great, very up-beat and young; this was a place to have a good time in while sipping on some sake.

It had a terrace in a surrounding garden on Level 5 and the spiral staircase brings you up to Level 6 which is the bar and lounge. There were also other options such as private rooms, a wine cellar, and a sake bar. The restaurant was filled with expats in their 30’s and 40’s and the rhythmic jazz music heard in the background and the chatter of the people made it a fun place with the noise levels in the high notches.

The Food: Zuma in Hong Kong followed the Japanese izayaka style of dining which is all about an friendly informal dining where food is brought in steadily and all the dishes are shared amongst the diners. The sushi counter is very interactive and quite an experience to take in. We enjoyed watching the chefs prepare the meals for everyone.

The Robata tradition in Japanese cuisine is all about offering grilled meat, fish and vegetables to its customers and the Robata grill section does just that.

Zuma in Hong Kong offered a great selection of hot and cold sake, wines and Champagne. The menu comprised of small eats, robata, sushi and sashimi, zuma dishes and desserts. We ordered a variety of different sushi and maki rolls and some sashimi which were medium sized pieces, but none of the dishes made a good impression on us and lacked that ‘wow’ factor.

The Unagi sushi had an odd burnt taste that ruined any chance of enjoyment. With the steep prices they charged for the food, it wasn’t worth it. We also ordered a bottle of the 2008 Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region of New Zealand to complement our dinner which we enjoyed. The service on the other hand was slow and not very professional.

The Calculated Impression: Our visit to the Zuma in Hong Kong was not that great. We enjoyed the trendy ambience, but the mediocre food and service combined with the steep prices didn’t make it worth our while.

What I liked: The trendy chic ambience at the Zuma in Hong Kong.

What I didn’t like: The average food and service and the steep prices for the food and drinks at the Zuma in Dubai.

Rating: Between Bombastic and Not.

Address and Telephone Number:
Zuma Restaurant
Level 5 and 6
The Landmark
15 Queen’s Road
Central, Hong Kong
Telephone: 852-3657-6388
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