by nickfood, 06 Jan 2012
by aamy25, 09 Sep 2011
Would I choose to eat here by myself or with a friend? No!
Why? Well, to be very frank, the cuisine is not consistent. Whether the owners have a dose of 'change the chef often before he gets lazy' or whether that character is fickle, I have no idea. I haven't attempted to grill him to find out (I only take the bright lights to put in politicians' eyes; besides, chefs are usually already conditioned to heat).
I am presuming that the restaurant was named after Zuma Beach in Malibu, California and the owners have spent time there watching the beach babes and not enough time watching the staff - or, perhaps, too much time watching the staff nick the silver - because every time I have been there I see new faces but same type of menu. Which, I should mention, always looks superb on paper: asparagus tempura, crispy fried squid with green chilli, wagyu beef, black cod with miso, sushi, etc.
I am prepared to say, in defence of the place, that anything that hasn't been well cooked is not usually my cup of Twinings; therefore, perhaps my comments could easily be put down to seeing too many people eat sushi. Then again, being a person who likes consistency and good service, I do try to be objective. In that department I must say they really never came up to my standards. But, as I could say the same about horror films with giant crabs in them, you can swallow all my criticism with a light grain of salt.
by Objectiveappraisal, 17 May 2011
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by princess7anita, 23 Dec 2009
This is probably the best food in London. Cocktails as well.
But there will always be complainers... or clever competition trying to ruin Zuma's reputation.
Highly recommend this place. Just go and see for yourself why.
Booking recommended at least a week in advance.
by Londonfan (3 reviews), 17 Oct 2009
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by toughcookie, 16 Nov 2006
The overpriced wine took 15 minutes to arrive and then was left unopened for a further 10. The indifferent waiter recommended a selection of sushi, which would have been totally inadequate for 4 diners even if they hadn't had to wait nearly 40 minutes for its lukewarm limp arrival. This, interestingly, was preceded by the appearance of one of our party's main courses.
Numerous waiters experienced problems with the space time continuum as 'it'll just be two minutes' stretched into 5, 10, 20 for the various constituent parts of our main course.
The signature black cod was beautifully presented, but completely lacking in taste. When the rice and vegetables finally arrived they were cold and overcooked -a challenging feat that chef and waiting staff must have conspired to achieve.
Our very polite but increasingly frustrated complaints were met with apathy and disinterest, and when the manager deigned to appear she feigned shock at the situation and promised to investigate. I can only assume that investigation is still continuing, as apart from waiving the extortionate service charge she took great care to avoid any further interaction.
Perhaps the presence of 'celebrity chef' Anthony Worrall-Thompson and the fawning that entailed over-stretched the capabilities of the plentiful, but ineffective staff. A £200+ lunch bill for 4 disillusioned diners added the final insult.
by Sara M, 03 Apr 2006
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