Umu

Restaurants, Japanese Mayfair
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Venue says Umu's kaiseki tasting menu is now being served - eight exquisite courses, full of seasonal produce from the British Isles.

With a futuristic sliding entrance door (set off by placing your hand on a sensor), a plush, dark interior and polished service, Umu is guaranteed to impress. The bill too is likely to leave a lasting impression, so it’s best to save this swanky venue for a special occasion unless you have an expense account. (There was no shortage of high-powered diners on our most recent visit.) On such a celebratory occasion, opt for the multi-course tasting menu and you’ll get to explore an elaborate range of Kyoto-style kaiseki cuisine, presented on attractive dishes.

The modern sushi doesn’t always make the grade, though, so stick to the classic version. Luxury ingredients abound on the à la carte: wild Scottish lobster tempura, wagyu beef tataki (grade 9) and Irish abalone steamed in saké. For a less bank-breaking taster of the menu, come at lunch for a set meal (such as a bento with grilled fish, meat or tempura, or somen noodles) – all served with soup, salad and a dessert. Our nigiri sushi selection was of the utmost quality. The ample wine and saké lists are worthy of exploration too.

 

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Umu says
Umu is a Michelin-starred, Kyoto-influenced restaurant based in Mayfair. Chef Yoshinori Ishii is on a mission to spread his ike-jime revolution through the UK.
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Venue name: Umu
Contact:
Address: 14-16 Bruton Place
London
W1J 6LX
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-2.30pm Mon-Fri. Dinner served 6-11pm Mon-Sat
Transport: Tube: Bond Street or Green Park
Price: Main courses £13-£57. Set lunch £25-£50. Set meal £115
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