Zuma

This place is often compared to Nobu and after dining here I can understand why. They use similar ingredients and cooking methods and some of their dishes are actually quite similar. Came here with a dear friend of mine (who helped me come up with the name of this blog!) as he was in town for the week.

There were 3 of us, so we thought we would each pick 2 dishes and go from there.

Yellow king fish tuna with ginger and ponzu sauce. This dish is very similar to that of Nobu’s yellow tail sashimi with jalapenos. Different is, Zuma used king fish tuna and the ponzu sauce gave it a nice citrus y / tangy flavor.

Salmon and tuna tartare with sevruga caviar! Eaten with a honey flavoured cracker with black sesame, this dish was an absolutely divine! Salmon and tuna tartare was absolutely fresh, and the honey flavoured cracker with black sesame really gave it a nice touch!

We had to ask for more crackers as we had heaps of tartare left over.

Assorted seasonal vegetarian tempura consisted of mushrooms, capsicum, sweet potato and eggplant. After the previous dish, I thought this was quite ordinary. Nevertheless, it was still quite tasty.

Miso marinated black cod wrapped in hoba leaf, one of Zuma’s signature dishes. This dish is very similar to the black cod at Nobu. This dish was delightfully creamy, even without the sauce. However, I did prefer Nobu’s black cod – it was more buttery and it melted more in my mouth than this dish.

Spicy beef tenderloin with sesame, red chili and soy sauce – another dish that I truly enjoyed. The beef tenderloin was so tender and moist – it was cooked to perfection! The chili gave it a nice tang to it.

Miso marinated lamb chops – I am not a huge fan of lamb so this dish really didn’t do it for me. To me, the lamb smelt a bit, it was definitely tender, however, not a favourite of mine (but only cause I don’t like lamb!). The boys seemed to have enjoyed it though.

Desserts – thought we would get 2 and share between the 3 of us. Layers of rhubarb with ice cream – this dessert was just too pretty to eat! The different colours consisted of rhubarb, cream, jelly, rice bubbles (yes rice bubbles) and sweet biscuit on top with a dollop of ice cream. This dessert was simply light and all the combination really worked well together.

Their seasonal dessert was molten chocolate cake with white chocolate ice cream – this was recommended by the waiter and it did not disappoint! White chocolate ice cream at the bottom, with a layer of biscuit and then molten chocolate cake, which was warm and oozed with chocolate was just to die for!!! This definitely beats the chocolate fondant cake with green tea ice cream at Nobu.

Enjoyed every dish that we ordered, especially the salmon and tuna tartare with sevruga caviar!

Compare to Nobu? I think I prefer Nobu, not sure if it’s because I went to Nobu first, so everything at Zuma’s were compared to Nobu. Zuma did have some amazing dish, I may have to visit Zuma again and try different dish to make a better comparison. I have been to Nobu at least 4 – 5 times now, and have tried many of their dishes – so I may have to do the same with Zuma.

GA’s ratings: 7.5 /10

Zuma

The Landmark

Level 5, 15 Queen’s Road

Central, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 3657 6388

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  1. Jenny
    February 26, 2010 at 10:44 am

    They have a brunch buffet on weekends which is pretty good too!!

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