By Mitchell Nover
Move over Sunday, there’s a new “fun day” in town thanks to the new Saturday brunch offerings at Zuma (270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami). Zuma is shaking things up on Saturdays by proclaiming it their new “it” day for brunch. Patrons will be able to enjoy their meal while being serenaded by saxophones, electric violins, and trumpets, in addition to a a brand-new sake station featuring a weekly rotation of brands as well as brand ambassadors leading tastings. And the best part? All of this comes for the same price of Zuma’s traditional brunch, starting at $95pp++.
Menu highlights: Incorporating the shared plate style of izakaya dining with a modern twist, guests can enjoy a seemingly endless buffet that features a variety of savory snacks and starters like Salmon Cones, heartier hot fare, including Ribs and Chicken Yakitori; a selection of Sushi and Sashimi; and much, much more.
To end things on a sweet note, why not have the lofty Zuma dessert platter —towering with house-made treats, sorbets and exotic fruits—delivered to your table.
Standout dishes: I really enjoyed Zuma’s new Hot Pot station, which now allows guests to customize their selection of mushrooms for the restaurant’s signature Mushroom Hot Pot. I always enjoy an interactive station, but this one especially stood out amongst the regular buffet items – no matter how plentiful and non-standard.
Are we boozing? As mentioned, Zuma’s Saturday brunch offers a new sake station, featuring the Ten to Chi Junmai Daiginjo and Daku Junmai Nigori sakes. And there’s also the option to try some more traditional brunch drinks like the Lychee Martini or a glass of Champagne.
Check this place out if you like: Any of the myriad upscale and innovative Asian-inspired eateries that continue to pop up around town. From Zuma’s sister restaurant, DÔA, to ETARU and Tanuki, you really can’t go wrong. They all also offer weekend brunches as well.
Mitch’s take: Zuma can be a tough nut to crack for many Miamians, often perceived as expensive and sometimes a little scene-y. However, in the case of Saturday brunch, I found the experience to be quite approachable and inviting. And although $95 for brunch might still feel like it’s on the higher end of many budgets, if you save up for a special occasion (or just go in with a good strategy), you can really make the most of an upscale and delicious #SaturdayFunday outing.