Zuma Abu Dhabi brunch

Galleria Mall

This is a brunch that you need to plan in advance to get into (a two weeks in advance reservation and fat pants underneath) The concept is simple enough – buffet starters and desserts, à la carte mains.

We make our way over to the buffet and the lavish spread of sushi and robata. The buffet here don’t come with labeling and felt more like a lucky dip style brunch however there are several staff who can guide you in case of dietary restrictions. Sushi fans will definitely spend time visiting the impressive counter that offers a plethora of signature and delicious small servings. Every single sushi, maki, urimaki is a pure delight to watch. There is something for everyone here (the vegetarian, the pregnant or just someone who don’t eat raw food like me).

The robata buffet impressed me more. They have a wide selection of tempura, skewers, dim sums and mini sliders (beef and vegetarian) as well as a live station for wagyu beef, fish and noodles. I leave the busy queue quickly with three plates (there’s no room for formalities here).

We head back to the table, where a bowl of steaming edamame (salted and spicy) and tempura shrimps awaits us. The food was just fantastic and the corn on the cob deserve a special mention with the lovely buttery chimichuri sauce!

Too full at this point, there was a debate whether we should even have a main but since there were 6 of us, we decided to have one of each of the main selections just to try everything. The signature black cod is buttery and delicious, flaking perfectly and stood up to all the hype and expectations. The tiger prawns and lobster is garlicky and tender and were a big hit as well. The tenderloin was perfectly cooked in sweet soy marinade and kind of blew my mind.

After a bit of rest and loosening of belts, we hit the dessert station. This was the first station that you see as you walk in, and it’s colorful, vibrant and visually appetizing.

The green tea and banana cake with caramel sauce was delicious as well as Yukidama with shaved coconut on the outside and yuzu filling in the core.

Zuma brunch stood up to its name and you can see why are a success story with their meticulously prepared food with a creative twist. Top notch, luxurious and expensive, it is a buffet worth trying atleast once!

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