Zuma, located in Knightsbridge, offers something completely new - a sophisticated twist on the traditional Japanese izakaya style of informal eating and drinking. The aim? To deliver an authentic flavour of the east while respecting the traditions of the past. Tokyo designer Noriyoshi Muramatsu has created a layout to inspire indulgence. A variety of seating options complement the main dining area which is dominated by the open plan kitchen with a design influenced by eastern philosophy that combines ancient culinary customs with contemporary culture. While dining at the counters alongside the open plan kitchen, you can observe Zuma's skilled chefs in action. Set apart from the main dining area, the semi-private Tosho table can seat up to 10 guests from where you can still catch the 'buzz' of the sake bar and the lounge nearby as well as observe the chefs at the robata grill. Two private dining rooms t provide a unique dining experience. The sunken kotatsu tables are partitioned by open timber-work, allowing privacy without isolating the ambience of the restaurant. The menu is comprehensive and alluring, with authentic but not traditional dishes delivering bold and intense flavours and an emphasis on the simple presentation of quality ingredients. There is no set protocol on ordering from the menu; Izakaya style means that dishes are designed to be shared at the table or enjoyed individually. The sake bar offers over 40 different varieties of sake together with an extensive range of alluring cocktails, many of which blend freshly prepared fruit juices with sake and Japanese spirits. Zuma's lounge offers a relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere for drinks or for an informal meal.