The best Japanese restaurants in Rome

People say that Rome is beautiful but that it has nothing to rival Milan’s trendiness. Well, you’re about to be proven wrong, because Zuma has arrived to Rome, and trust me, the competition is on. When Fendi and Zuma decide to work together, you can only expect the perfect outcome.

Situated on the top two floors of the iconic Palazzo Fendi, Zuma Rome will make your jaw-drop from the moment you walk in the elevator and arrive to the fourth floor.

The location is fantastic, the chill-out vibes playing in the background set the tone, and the design is warm, trendy and elegant. And the outstanding open kitchen where you can admire the Chefs in action will literally have your head turned for a big chunk of your dining experience.

zuma, the best contemporary japanese restaurant in RomeEverything is perfect at Palazzo Fendi’s fourth floor, but that’s what you’d expect from Zuma’s 10th opening – they know how to play their game!

Once you are seated, a member of the staff will welcome you, introduce Zuma’s concept, and talk to you about the various menus. The staff is simply perfect: kind, professional and not intrusive, but they can anticipate your every need (maybe they know how to read minds). I’d like to give a special thanks to Daniel  for a wonderful dining experience.

zuma, the best contemporary japanese restaurant in RomeAs you’ll start reading the menus, and literally be caught in what I call foodie heaven, you’re going to understand why Zuma is inspired by the informal style of izakaya dining, designed to share dishes – how else could you taste all those amazing flavours? I suggest you all order different dishes, because you’re going to want to try the whole menu! And of course, to accompany delicious food, a great wine and sake selection could not be missing, which is exactly why a passionate sommelier will come over to help you pick out your wine.

zuma, the best contemporary japanese restaurant in RomeSo, the big question: what do order? Let’s start by saying that everything is perfect (really). The sushi and sashimi are extremely fresh, and the quality is like no other. But the dish that I’ve been dreaming about at night is the gindara to ebi no gyoza prawn and black cod dumplings – it’s an explosion of tastes in your mouth – and the heat that comes through at the end just leaves you craving for more.

Another A-lister was the sliced seared tuna with chili daikon and ponzu sauce, and this comes from a person that doesn’t really love tuna, but if you’re going to re-evaluate a dish, Zuma is the place to do so. And for truffle lovers, the sliced seared beef with pickled daikon and fresh truffle dressing is the way to go.

The spicy beef tenderloin with sesame, red chilli and sweet soy was another front-runner, along with the black cod marinated in saikyo miso and the delicious buckwheat noodles with vegetables and shrimp. But if you can’t pick, let the staff help you out, they really know what they’re talking about!

zuma, the best japanese restaurant in romeFor those that have a sweet tooth, don’t leave just yet. Zuma’s desserts are spectacular. They’re fresh, tasty, and not overpowering. The yuzu cheesecake with raspberry and black sesame is heaven on a plate, and the pecan pie and caramel sundae with miso-marple butterscotch is outstanding. And of course, for those that like banana cake, Zuma’s signature green tea and banana cake, coconut ice cream and peanut toffee sauce is a must.

zuma, the best japanese restaurant in romeFrom the moment you walk in, to the minute you step outside Palazzo Fendi, you will be welcomed by a wonderful staff who will make you feel at home. I cannot praise enough the wonderful service at this restaurant, from the reception to the hostess and waiters, everyone plays a big role in creating the perfect atmosphere for a one-of-a-kind culinary experience.

zuma, the best japanese restaurant in RomeWhether it’s a date, a dinner with your friends or a business lunch, Zuma is the place to go. Don’t forget to make a reservation in advance, enjoy!

Zuma’s bar on the fifth floor

After a stroll in the center, or after an art exhibition, you cannot miss out on Rome’s famous aperitivo. And happy hour at Zuma Rome is definitely where you should go. On the fifth floor of Palazzo Fendi, you will find the beautiful lounge bar and terrace.

A beautiful view of Rome and the Spanish Steps, along with chill-out vibes floating in the air, an in-vogue atmosphere and Zuma’s wow signature cocktails are just some of the reasons why you have to go. And of course, what kind of happy hour is it if you can’t nibble on anything? Lucky for you, Zuma thinks of everything, and its delicious snack list is waiting for you (order the crunchy tempura).

But it’s not only for happy hour that Zuma fills up, try going there after dinner to immerse yourself in a great buzz. It’s a fabulous location, perfect for an after-dinner cocktail. At the moment no reservations are required, so first-come first-serve.

Address: Via della Fontanella di Borghese, 48

Phone Number: + 39 0699266622

Lunch Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday from 12.30pm – 3pm

Dinner Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday from 7pm – 11.30pm / Sunday from 7pm – 11pm

Bar Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday from 6pm – 1am / Friday – Saturday from 6pm – 2am

A la carte average price: 70+ EUR

Lunch Ebisu menu: 28 EUR (Tuesday – Friday from 12pm – 2.30pm)

Lunch Ebisu express: 21 EUR

Tasting menu: 68 EUR / 147 EUR

Cocktail price: 10 EUR

Accepted credit cards: Visa, American Express and MasterCard

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