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Zuma restaurant – a hit with Durban foodies despite trademark drama

In a statement, the contemporary Japanese international restaurant group and lifestyle brand revealed that a dispute is in progress between Zuma and the Durban restaurant, and Zuma plans to take legal action regarding the trademark.

They offer a variety of smoked meats, charcoal-grilled to perfection, wagyu beef, flambéed sushi, and mouthwatering desserts.

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Their sushi menu includes fresh oysters, tempura cucumber, and sashimi, and the chef’s signature sushi menu offers beef tataki, prawn bombs, and hotate spicy scallops. In the mains section, there is grilled de-boned half chicken, wagyu beef, sous-vide lamb neck, omurice (a Japanese dish consisting of an omelette made with fried rice and thin, fried, scrambled eggs, usually topped with ketchup), duck confit, pasta, and more.

When it comes to desserts, they offer chocolate and almond brownies, Zuma deep-fried ice cream, crêpes Suzette, and more.

Recently, the restaurant found itself in a trademark drama with the global Japanese restaurant Zuma, which stated that they have no affiliation with them in any manner.

In a statement, the contemporary Japanese international restaurant group and lifestyle brand revealed that a dispute is in progress between Zuma and the Durban restaurant, and Zuma plans to take legal action regarding the trademark.

Founded in 2002 by Rainer Becker and Arjun Waney, the brand has successfully launched in twenty-one locations around the world, including permanent restaurants in Hong Kong, Dubai, Istanbul, Miami, Bangkok, Abu Dhabi, New York, Rome, Las Vegas, Boston, Madrid, and the Maldives.

The owner of the South African-based Zuma brand, David Manal, responded to the statement of international Zuma brand owners Rainer Becker and Arjun Waney.

Manal stated that he is the sole owner of the Zuma brand in South Africa.

“Zuma is a big name in South Africa. It is well-known to the people, and it’s the name of our former president, Jacob Zuma. I’ve got the support of the local people and Jacob Zuma,” he said.

Manal stated that his position has been well considered, and his lawyers have exchanged letters with Becker and Waney previously.

“I have no ill will towards either of them and wish them well, however, I have my own venture to focus on,” he said.

Manal also stated that the international brand’s allegations of legal action are tired and outdated.

“When they first reached out to me, I invited them to be part of this local venture, but on mutual terms, not as they dictated,” he added.

Speaking about the restaurant brand, Manal (who has shown his style and experience in the restaurant business as the owner of Café La Plage) said that he is confident Zuma Restaurant will thrive in South Africa.

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