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Calming stone and wood tones welcome you into the waterfront restaurant. The space is artfully divided by Japanese rice paper panels extending from the ceiling to offer a variety of indoor and open-air seating overlooking the Miami River. A sushi counter and open-flamed robata grill give you an insider’s look into the creation of their delicious dishes. If you want a more intimate setting, reserve their bamboo-walled private dining room to share with up to 24 guests. 365 featured wines, creative cocktails and one of Florida’s best Sake lists allow a perfect pairing for all tastes.

Start your meal off with Zuma’s incredible market fresh sashimi, nigiri and maki sushi inspired by Izakaya and designed to be shared—or not…Once I tasted the delicate, salty and tangy seabass sashimi with yuzu, salmon roe and truffle oil; and the spicy yellowtail sushi, I did not want to share one bite!

Next, to our delight, Kurobuta pork belly skewers with yuzu mustard miso came to us straight from the robata grill and gave way to my favorite dish of the night, the black cod marinated in saikyo miso with homemade hajikame sauce. Just when I thought I could not eat anything else, our server comes over and says the magic word: dessert! He then set down an unbelievable array of sweets including fresh exotic fruits like rambutan, lichee, and dragon fruit; lemon, zuzu and mango sorbet; the Zuma chocolate lava cake with vanilla bean ice cream and the unexpected Chawan Mushi—a Japanese coconut custard topped with fruit and a flavorful passion fruit foam. To say the least, I left immensely satisfied with my expectations completely exceeded! Treat your tummy right…Take it to Zuma!

270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami

By KB Roman