A spectacular new restaurant and nightlife spot is preparing to land in the 4,000 square foot corner space of 5th and Island which has housed a succession of different projects over the years – most recently the Monkey King, Asian fusion. Called Zama, it comes from the group of veteran restaurateurs and chefs behind Breakfast & Bubbles brunch in University Heights and the Italian-influenced RustiCucina on Park Boulevard.
Designed by Tucker Sadler Architects, the local firm behind Portside Pier at the Embarcadero, the under-construction AC Hotel Gaslamp, and San Diego Central Library, the setting is inspired by the Amazon jungle, with rainforest vibes and lots of greenery and nature. wood.
Featuring a sushi bar chaired by chef Tayuka Kudo, who previously worked in downtown Nobu and Lumi, the dinner-only restaurant will open next month with an eclectic menu that will also include Mexican aguachile and tiradito. Peruvian as well as dishes from Latin America.
With a resident DJ playing everything from tropical music to tango, Zama will roll out an after-dinner dance floor, fueling the crowds with cocktails made with exotic fruits.