A friend and I went to Zuma for lunch to celebrate our birthdays. The food, presentation, atmosphere and service were all outstanding. The Epic Hotel appears to be the new "in place" where the young, beautiful and wealthy are hanging out. There were also quite a number of business lunches on a Friday afternoon.
Our waitress explained the menu which included a business lunch special (with 2 price options) as well as the regular menu. The regular menu is the same at lunch and dinner, and I'd suggest going for lunch since it really wasn't very noisy and the bar was essentially empty.
We decided to skip the business lunch and share a number of items from the regular menu. Think of it as Japanese tapas. The food and presentation were incredible, but I have to admit that the portions were pretty small considering the price. My friend also ordered a non-alcoholic drink which was quite creative and tasty, but at $8 it was very pricey.
Our waitress and the other staff totally amazed us with their professionalism and expertise. Be careful when your check comes since they automatically added 20% onto the total. We realized this because it said "additional" under the total on our credit card receipts. However, we chose to add a bit more since we thought it was well deserved!
The people watching and open kitchen added to our enjoyment. It was also great fun to look around and see what other people were eating. Dining at Zuma is certainly an experience which we totally enjoyed. Lunch came to around $45 per person which is more that we would usually consider, but for a special occasion, we were so happy that we did.
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