Waldorf Astoria Maldives to Introduce Contemporary Japanese Cuisine Concept, Zuma

Culinary News
PUBLISHED January 19, 2022

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi reveals its newest addition to the array of gastronomic experiences offered at the island paradise, announcing the opening of internationally-renowned Japanese cuisine-inspired, Zuma in the Indian Ocean for the first time.  

Following the traditional Japanese Izakaya style, Zuma was founded in London in 2002 by co-founders Rainer Becker and Arjun Waney. The concept has been introduced in 17 locations across the globe so far.  

Zuma will be showcased in the Maldives combining the breath-taking views of the crystal-clear Indian Ocean and Zuma’s unique style and elegance; a dramatic entrance combining elements of timber, light and granite creating an immersive optical illusion leading guests into the vibrant restaurant space. The majestic island bar, robata and sushi counter take center stage in the middle of the venue and forms the focal point for diners. 

“We are thrilled to be bringing Zuma’s international cuisine to the Maldives on the shores of such a breathtaking and iconic destination. We share Waldorf Astoria’s focus on exceptional attention to detail and look forward to delivering unmatched culinary experiences to guests with Zuma’s award-winning Japanese cuisine,” said Zuma creator and co-founder Rainer Becker. 

“With its legacy of global culinary excellence, Zuma is the perfect addition to Waldorf Astoria Maldives’s fine selection of specialty dining venues. This pristine setting surrounded by crystal blue waters combined with Zuma’s legendary elevated izakaya concept, will provide a dream to the senses for luxury leisure seekers around the world,” said Etienne Dalancon, general manager, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi.



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