ZUMA, the brainchild of German chef Rainer Becker, offers a sophisticated cuisine philosophy inspired by the informal Japanese dining style called Izakaya. Becker developed the ZUMA concept of authentic, but not traditional Japanese cuisine.
“Although ZUMA has an established following in
In 2002, Becker launched the first ZUMA restaurant in
Key to ZUMA’s appeal are its two open kitchens, the Sushi Counter with its dedicated sushi chefs and The Robata Grill inspired by the age-old cooking style of northern Japanese fishermen.
The menu is known for its signature dishes, including the tsubu-miso gake hinadori no obun yaki - baby chicken marinated in barley miso, oven roasted on cedar wood. Embracing the dining experience, guests are offered dishes that are brought to the table steadily and continuously through the meal, instead of offering the typical starter and main course menu structure.
The restaurant’s design focuses on space, occupying 11,000 sq ft over two floors, with the striking addition of a three-dimensional feature wall along the side of the lounge. A dramatic staircase joins the two levels, as well as a dedicated guest elevator screened in patterned glass.
ZUMA Dubai’s local shareholders include Gulu Waney and his business partner Premal Shah. Leading the opening team are Elmar Pichorner as operations director, Dorlit Buth as general manager and Colin Clague as executive chef. The restaurant is located in Building 06 at the podium level of the
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