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I am sure many of you have been to one Zuma or another, in Dubai, London or some place else, but I recently had my first Zuma meal in Hong Kong. Located in the heart of Hong Kong, amid all the luxury brands and hotels, Zuma is a treat for any vegetarian that walks in.
As we entered we were greeted warmly and shown to our table, if you can call it that. We were taken to a â€˜tableâ€™ for 2 that was wedged in the middle of 2 larger tables while a third chair was added, even though it was touching another tableâ€™s chair.Â The table was unfitting for anyone that wanted to eat a meal, let alone the fact that the meal was to be at an internationally acclaimed Japanese restaurant. After a complaint from our side, and many unnecessary frowns on their side, we were finally shown to a table that one could consume a meal at.
The menu at Zuma is divided into their 3 different kitchens, which have different preparation styles. The menu had whole sections dedicated to vegetables, which is a delight to any vegetarian eater.
We started our meal with a Japanese Special Wine, Umesyu (oo-meh-shu), a plum wine. This is a delicate sweet wine that leaves a gentle fruity flavor in your mouth. It was a perfect aperitif for the oncoming flavorful meal.
The food arrived at our table in perfect time and we couldnâ€™t resist digging in. The vegetables were fresh and succulent, perfectly cooked on the grill, with a delicious smoky flavor. A particular favorite was the maitake mushroom, charred to perfection. The fleshy texture combined with the crispy leafy ends, which was served with a â€œvery delicate, flaky, but still so crunchyâ€ sea salt was like a burst of goodness in your mouth. The crispy tofu salad with avocado and rocket leaves was another stand out selection. The tofu was fried with a lightly spiced batter that gently crumbled in your mouth and offset the cold creamy avocado to perfection. The food on the whole was outstanding. The combination of flavors from sweet to salty appealed to all pallets, tantalizing each taste bud along the way. All the vegetable dishes are a must have at the Zuma. For those that feel the lack of carbs in such a meal, a great option is the seaweed fried rice.
Zuma is a Japanese restaurant and we couldnâ€™t resist ordering at least one plate of sushi. We got a typical avocado and cucumber uramaki roll that unfortunately was quite a let down. It did not hold up the standard set by the other dishes on the table. I would urge other vegetarians to refrain from being tempted the way we were.
There is no meal that is complete without something sweet at the end. At Zuma, most of the desserts were non-traditional and therefore much more exciting to me. After much discussion we settled on the Japanese strawberry and mandarin with coconut biscuit dessert, which was more than anything I could have ever dreamed of! It looked fantastic and tasted even better. Served on a bed of ice, the dessert was sweet, sour, crunchy, fruity, fresh, and absolutely delicious. Donâ€™t be fooled by the daunting description, this is a definite must have for anyone that visits Zuma in Hong Kong. If all this hasnâ€™t convinced you to have the dessert, then you must have it for the surprise in the ice cream.
Level 5 & 6
15 Queen’s Road
Central Hong Kong
t +852 3657 6388