Designed by London-based firm Blue Sky Hospitality, Zakura brings a world-class edge to Baku’s dining scene. Based around the Isikaya bar concept – small, tapas-style dishes – Zakura seeks to give a Bakuvian twist to its food. Slatted shades cast sculptural shadows across silver calligraphy on grey walls with accents of red and gold lacquer. Food is designed by ex-
ecutive chef Kenneth Lim, ex of Nobu London, who brings an appreciable Nobu accent to the menu – the black cod with miso takes you straight back to Park Lane. Excellent sashimi is ever-so-lightly seared and marinated in sesame and soy. Sushi rice is seasoned perfectly, rolls melt in your mouth and the nigiri come topped with the likes of flakes of gold leaf to add a touch of opulence. The Sunday all you can eat buffet for AZN 30 is especially good value.