Swanky London restaurant ZUMA takes over The Idle Rocks in St Mawes for a Japanese feast this August
A compromise for living in the serene South West is that we often hear about painfully cool pop-up restaurants taking London by storm, always just a little too far from our reach. But there’s a shimmering beacon on the horizon. The restaurant that scooped Tatler’s UK Restaurant of the Year award will be popping up in St Mawes for a special two night culinary experience.
Boutique hotel The Idle Rocks will be hosting the international Knightsbridge restaurant ZUMA on August 21 -22 . It’s co-founder Rainer Becker (also founder of Oblix in The Shard) is renowned for his modern Japanese food and is set to create an unforgettable Asian feast.
This style of casual Japanese eating is popular all over the world (Zuma has restaurants in Hong Kong, Miami, Abu Dhabi, among other destinations) and is fast gaining a following in the UK. Carefully constructed, umami-enriched small plates of food are washed down with traditional Japanese booze – it’s called ‘izakaya’ meaning ‘the roof with alcohol’.
The menu, specially crafted for the two day event, will feature signature ZUMA dishes, using fresh Cornish produce. Dishes include sliced yellowtail fish with green chilli relish, ponzu and pickled garlic, and roasted Cornish lobster with green chilli, garlic and hojiso butter. A highlight will be the much talked about marinated black cod wrapped in hoba leaf. To add to the experience, each dish will come paired with carefully selected wines and sakes.
This is the first time ZUMA has collaborated with a hotel in the UK and, no doubt, The Idle Rocks’ magnificent location has something to do with it. This luxury hotel is perched on the rocks at St Mawes harbour. There’s a palpable connection between the day boats bobbing on the ocean, a pebble’s throw away from the dining room and the fresh catch on your plate.
A set menu for two at ZUMA at The Idle Rocks is £95 per person, which includes the wine flight. Why not make a long weekend of it and explore the south coast while you’re there. Room rates at The Idle Rocks start at £200 based on two people sharing a Harbour View Room, including breakfast.