Located on the waterfront of Istanbul’s chic Ortakoy district, Zuma arrived on Turkish shores in 2008 following the success of its sister restaurants in London and Hong Kong. As one of the most popularity and glamourous sophisticated dining spaces in Istanbul (particularly with the chic European crowd), Zuma offers a sophisticated contemporary twist on the traditional Japanese Izakaya style of informal dining. With Californian fusion-style Japanese cuisine, dishes are characterised by exquisite texture and flavour such as the lobster tempura with spicy ponzu, tuna tataki with shards of crisp garlic, and scallops grilled with green pepper and black bean sauce. Hotly contested dining spaces include the in-demand sushi bar with a front-row seat of the kitchen action, and two beautiful private dining rooms. Be warned that the noise levels can get pretty high during peak times, and that tables can only be booked for a maximum of 2 hours.