Diary: Let's Do Lunch - Zuma

Reviewed by Colin Hallmark, independent consultant

If you're tired of the usual Asian fare then Zuma - a lively Japanese restaurant just off Knightsbridge - provides a refreshing change.

Unlike some restaurants where the tables are so close together it's like the Central Line at 8am, Zuma combines a sense of vibrancy with privacy. Perfect if you need to thrash out a contract or brief a journalist, yet also great to kick off a night on the town.

I must admit, I first baulked at the thought of mountains of raw fish.

But I was relieved to find plenty to suit most carnivores. And there is a wide choice for the more adventurous.

The deep-fried soft-shelled crab is delicious, as is the seared beef in ginger and soy. The duck maki rolls are also excellent.

And for the sweet-toothed, the chocolate passion fruit pudding is unmissable.

On the downside, some of the meat was overcharred and the dishes small. The exotic fruit salad features some very unusual fruit and looks fantastic, but sadly doesn't live up to much.

The service is faultless and not over-pretentious, but at £40 to £50 a head, you expect that level of detail.

All in all, worth a detour, but make sure you clear it with the FD first.

Where: London, SW7 1DL

Contact: 020 7584 1010

How much: £40 per head

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