Zoom into Zuma

By Melanie Garcia

Foodies flock to Miami’s finest restaurants during Miami Spice, when dinning becomes entirely more affordable with pre-set menus. Great Food List ventured to try a sophisticated yet affordable dinner at the renowned restaurant Zuma and the famous dining spot aptly lived up to its name.

Zuma is located at the epicenter of downtown Miami, offering modern Japanese cuisine among swanky décor and a vibrant ambience. The Miami Spice menu rotates during the two-month period on which the program runs, and on this occasion we enjoyed a $39* four-course meal that was full of color, flavor and spice.

We started with the red snapper marinated with yuzu koshu and avocado, cooked ceviche-style the snapper was simultaneously fresh and bold; the perfect start to our meal. We also tried the scallop and prawn gyoza with umeboshi in which the signature flavors of celebrated chef Rainer Becker were evident and as intense as ever. Among the entrees tried were the spicy marinated flat iron steak with grilled eggplant and mitsuba as well as the grilled grouper with ginger chili dressing and Japanese herbs.

Of course no meal is ever over without dessert, so we tried both options available on the Miami Spice Menu: summer fruits with shochu granite and coconut broth milk chocolate, and miso brulee with spiced pecan katife praline and ginger ice cream. They were equally as scrumptious and the perfect ending to an adventurous meal that far surpassed our expectations.

Zuma will be participating in Miami Spice through September 30 and offers both a lunch ($23*) and dinner menu.

*Gratuity not included

Enjoy… and tell ’em that you heard about them on GreatFoodList.com!


270 Biscayne Boulevard Way
Miami, Florida 33131
(located in the Epic Hotel)
Telephone: 305-577-0277
Visit them online, www. zumarestaurant.com

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Saturday
Lunch 12 noon – 3pm
Dinner 6pm -12 midnight
Brunch 12pm – 2.30pm
Dinner 6pm – 10pm
Monday – Saturday
Light Bites 3pm – 6pm

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2 Responses to “Zoom into Zuma”

  1. Too bad you couldn’t translate all those Japanese descriptions into English to let us know what the hell we are really eating before we chomp into some squid guts or bat rectums after we order the item. It’s obvious that the reviewer knows little or nothing about the food but would rather read the restaurant’s prepared description and leave all the rest to chance.

    • Hi William, we value your comment. Thank you for giving us your sincere feedback. We will revise this post or comment further on it, to expand on those details you mentioned.

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