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The Istanbul branch of the trendiest Japanese restaurant in London and Hong Kong, Zuma is a two-story venue on the waterfront offering izakaya—informal Japanese dining style—and a wonderful view of the Bosphorus and Ortaköy’s baroque mosque.
The venue, which is usually filled with the city’s glitterati, offers authentic Japanese fare (often with a twist) prepared by Chef Rainer Becker. The venue features five different dining areas: the main dining area features round tables and is dominated by the open-plan kitchen; the sushi & robota counter allows customers to watch the craft of talented chefs; the sofas at the lounge area offers a more casual dining space; the sake bar offers a comprehensive list of cocktails in addition to top-quality imported sake; the summer terrace, which is directly on the water’s edge, has a private jetty allowing guests with boats direct access from the water.
Kinoko Salada Ninniku Ponzu Gake (Warm mushroom salad with garlic pozu)
İka No Kari Kari Age (Crispy fried squid with green chilli and sea salt)
Nasu No Miso Yalki (Grilled aubergine with miso and sake glaze)
Black Cod (Miso marinated black cod wrapped in hoba leaf)
Gyu No Tataki (Seared beef with soy, ginger, lime and coriander)
Gyu No Usugiri (Thinly sliced beef marinated with nori vinaigrette and dry miso)
Kinoko no kamameshi (Rice hotpot with porcini mushroom and miso butter)
Gyuhire Sumibiyaki Karami Sauce Zuke (Spicy beef tenderloin with sesame, red chilli and sweet soy)
A Night to (Barely) Remember; by Talya Arditi
Zuma's New Business Lunch; by Feride Suzan Yalav