Zuma Restaurant in London is a Toro meister, Here is some O-toro sashimi I ate last time there. I am somewhat obsessed with this natural wonder.
Here I open my Kimono to share a Toro Closeup, this is the supreme silken brilliance that is endangered of being banned! I feel increasingly guilty showing you these, this is TUNA PORN!
Above the Zuma Toro Sushi.
Ok enough with the Toro. So let's talk about Zuma. Zuma is to Nobu what Belgium is to France, it OVERJAPS! It is beyond the borders of Japan... it is does not play by the rules that would limit a Nobu, but that is a good thing. Zuma is in my London top 10, which includes Amaya, but that is for another posting. Zuma is full of whimsy, the gastronomic equivalent of Tim Burtons Alice In Wonderland!
Look at this Chili Squid with Jalapeno's - if you see what I mean. Nippon meets Mexican Mariache! The squid is greaseless crisp, hot and twangy good but this chili pepper has never been to the land of the rising sun....ever!.
Zuma is not frightened to nick the best culinary tricks from any cuisine look, at this Tomato and Aubergine salad.
I love the lobster tempura served without even the hint of greasiness; these guys know how to run a deep fat-fryer.
Lastly let's talk about something that is not on the menu:
the SECRET VOLCANO OF CHOCOLATE dessert.
This is in my top ten list of desserts in the world, yes, ever anywhere. The secret is the most subtle but real presence of a caramel aftertaste that arrives late in the mouth and lingers on the palate for more than a minute, the problem always is that it is the last bite that hits you this way because it's simply is impossible to wait a minute between bites. I have no photo of it either because it arrived and my guests hit it; better to say, gobbled it all up before I could shoot it for this blog! I'm just glad I got one forkful and a smear on the back of my spoon!
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