Address: Level 5 and 6, The Landmark
At Zuma, Japanese architectural firm Super Potato uses massive blocks of raw stone and light-blond wood to create an unexpectedly earthy enclave within the glossy Central district. The island's most recognizable faces fill its airy dining room, which has counters lining the sushi bar and a glass-encased (and thus not so private) corner suite. Chef Dan Segall hails from New Orleans but shows his mastery of Japanese cuisine in deceptively simple chicken yakitori and in more unexpected compositions such as the grilled Hokkaido scallops with grated apple and wasabi and (his personal favorite) Japanese eggplant grilled with spring onions and lacquered with white miso chili sauce. Nearly transparent sashimi arrives atop crushed ice in hand-thrown ceramic bowls. Green-tea banana cake with coconut ice cream feels positively abstemious next to the warm chocolate fondant with a gooey caramel coreboth are delicious. The sexy upstairs lounge is lined with rare sakes (entrées, $8$42).