Zuma is a high-end izakaya in Back Bay that seems to be filled with people who’ve flown first class to Tokyo so many times that they can compare it to Japanese izakayas that are actually in Japan, which is to say that it’s trendy and expensive (it is in the Four Seasons, after all). But the expensive stuff that comes off the robata grill or sushi counter is very worth your money. The prawn and black cod dumplings are outstanding, the rib eye is perfectly cooked, and the sushi, though not as creative as the stuff you’ll find at the best places in town, is made from excellent fish. Come here the next time you need to impress someone who only travels via rideshares on principle and it’ll get the job done.
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