Desserts are exceptional, beginning with a moist, dense banana cake striped at the bottom by a layer of green-tea cake. Ripe banana disks crown the slice, as does a sweet, syrupy topping containing bits of toffee. A scoop of cool coconut gelato alongside makes this dish a memorable finish.

Yukidama is a snowball of frozen coconut parfait with a center of passion fruit purée that streams out upon impact with the fork. House-made sorbets come in bright, tropical flavors such as a luscious, lemony yuzu. And a most dazzling and colorful fruit bowl brings fresh kiwi, passion fruit, papaya, dragon fruit, rambutan, and other flavors displayed on ice and garnished with flowers and shiso leaves. It stands out on the table much as it does among generally uninspiring fruit plates around town. Kudos to pastry chef Gaby Galindo.

Zuma can total up to a pricey proposition, but it doesn't reach Nobu-esque proportions. Sushi (two pieces) is generally $7 to $10; most small plates and salads $12 to $20; mains $21 to $36; and desserts $10 to $12. On one occasion, when two of us selected six plates plus one dessert between us, it ended up costing the same as a two-course meal for a couple at a traditional high-end establishment — but it's much more fun.

Zuma's sashimi trio.
Zuma's sashimi trio.

Location Info


Zuma Contemporary Japanese Cuisine

270 Biscayne Blvd. Way
Miami, FL 33131

Category: Restaurant > Japanese

Region: Downtown/Overtown


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Zuma Contemporary Japanese Cuisine: 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami; 305-577-0277; Lunch Monday through Saturday noon to 3 p.m.; dinner Monday through Thursday 6 p.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Closed Sunday.

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