An extravagant jungle-themed restaurant and bar is coming to the Gaslamp

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.

Exterior rendering.
Tucker Sadler Architects

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.

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