Umu

4.5
631 reviews
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Japanese
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  • Tasting Menu
  • Good for a Date
A passion, an entire philosophy, that moves traditional Japanese cuisine into the modern age.Leave the world you know behind...

Using the finest ingredients sourced from across the world, Umu serves timeless Japanese cuisine in the heart of Mayfair.
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I saw the chef touch the order paper receipt then touch my fish for do sushi which i feel not clean.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

This is not Michelin quality at all, we had a $900 bill for two people and the food was extremely average and the wines were also not worth the £220 we paid for pairings. Very disappointing meal.

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Hamburg Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very modern and good Restaurant, amazing food and very very good wagyu beef.

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Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Average food, Overpriced

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London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This restaurant epitomizes the sorry state of affairs in London compared to NYC in terms of food.

This one-star michelin restaurant serving Japanese food is comparable in quality to a decent neighborhood sushi joint in NYC but this one costs you about 250 pounds per person.

We left hungry after the kaiseki menu which comprised meager portions of decent Japanese fare served with much pomp but little wow factor.

I caught a glimpse of the owner enjoying a meal with his friends looking very pleased with himself, probably for having figured out that a Mayfair address and dim lighting is much more important for the London sushi scene than that wow factor.

These days, return tickets to NY and a decent sushi meal would cost less, so do that.

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Manchester
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, quite honestly the best meal I have ever had. It’s inspired me to goto Japan to find more Michelin star restaurants of this kind. Thank you

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1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good time there!Hope have a good ending!
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London
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food materials are wonderful. Japanese accent is lovely.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing culinary experience.

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London
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal sushi. Arguably expensive for what it is but the quality of food and service was exemplary

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London
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food but not worth the price...

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ED
London
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all round but pricey
Food super fresh beautifully presented
Staff very professional and welcoming
Nothing was too much trouble
This is the best Japanese we’ve tasted and certainly visited by many Japanese customers so very happy with whole evening
Many thanks

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JS
London
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Outstanding food, fun to watch making of it. Expensive.

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London
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful experience very authentic food, delicate flavours and superb presentation. The ambience was great when we first came in however that changed when certain guests came in and were loud and not up to the dress code and were in jeans and sportswear. Ruined the ambience and at some times could not hear our waiter explain our dishes. Otherwise great tasting menu.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 1food 3service 4ambience 1

Little ambience, unpleasantly dark, few options on menu, overall feels overpriced... service is good

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I rarely write reviews unless I had an extremely stellar experience or a disaster, unfortunately it was the latter this time.

My husband and I sat down for Umu’s tasting menu last night, we had added few items to that from the ala Carte menu so we ended up paying 800+£ for our dinner. At a value like this and more so at a 2 Michelin starred restaurant, a certain level of decency (I.e service) is expected. We had told them at the time we made the reservation and at the start of our dinner of my few (namely 3, not a complicated list!) food intolerances, yet at the conclusion of our dinner I get served a piece of chocolate, that after taking my first bite, I find that it’s filled with caramel and “sesame seeds” (one of my 3 named allergens)!! What’s worse is that when I pointed this out to the waiter, he just apologized, carried out with our transaction, and informs no one from his upper management like he didn’t want to get scrutinized for his mistake so he just kept quite!!
So we decide to inform the floor manager on our way out, literally at the door, to which he acts with a complete surprise, condemns the way the waiter handled the situation, then apologizes... maybe that’s enough and appropriate at a normal resturant, but again at the value we paid and at a two starred place, the least we would have expected was a simple form of compensation to showcase their sincerity and seriousness towards such a potentially hazardous mistake !

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1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food
Great service

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JW
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Umu is amongst the best sushi restaurants in London. You can tell by the quality of the ingredients which is the ultimate key to a great sushi restaurant. However, the waiter forgot certain things which shouldn't be happening at this level of fine dining. Also, we got people who were really loud drinking sakes as if they were in a club which is a bit of disappointment.

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CL
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing dinning experience. Seating at the counter and watched the Chefs’ preparation, truly wonderful sensory experience.

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

The experience was not what we expected it to be from their advertising on their website, disappointing.

Anna Marie Smith

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County Durham
13 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely birthday meal, again :D

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London
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was nice, although compared to other high end Japanese restaurants, I would say was not at the same level. Taking into account the pricey Tasting Menu, I was a bit disappointed. My recommendation: stay with A la Carte

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WG
London
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular food with an amazing service and unique experience

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c
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was of high quality as expected. Attentive service. I'd definitely come back.

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KL
London
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have a wonderful time at Umu. I like the food very much. The food is extremely tasty. I think I will visit this restaurant again.

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1 review
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent 5/5

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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting London Umu is always on my list!

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NF
Spain
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant ever. Ive never tasted such refined cuisine

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London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Every things was very good especially the truffle sushi but the uni was really bad.

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London
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

I booked and made it clear by email that we would be having the Kaiseki menu and at the counter seating. On arrival, my guest was already there and had been seated in a corner table in the main restaurant part. We insisted on moving to the counter. We were then told that we could not order the Kaiseki menu after 2pm. I excused myself from the table with the client and had to battle at reception to get the Kaiseki menu agreed. The service was organised and efficient enough but nothing memorable and certainly not Michelin star quality at all. I left and had a Wimpy burger an hour later for £3. The UMU lunch excluding any drinks was £375!

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s
London
15 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

if this is 2 star ,i am not agree with this ,food is not really perfect .not good japanese .
services was good .loacation is good in mafair. but from my experence would not come back
again. waste money .

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London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well balanced seasoning. Amazing Umami.

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VS
London
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

One of the Best Asian cuisine in London!Very good Service and reasonable pricing.

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London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply amazing. One of my best experience in London. Apart of the food which is absolutely out-standing, what surprise me more it's that the service it's not a classic old school style which I get use to got. I'm not gonna say it's crazy but it's friendly. All of them, from the Italian beauty sommelier to the general manager, of course our lovely waiter Rio with a huge knowledge about everything, everyone were bringing a lovely smile to us.

Then about the food nothing to say...we had two bento box (I prefer the one of tiger prawn tempura) plus the niguiri chef's tasting menu was absolutely awesome...fish it's quality! But a several one!!!

Thanks to everyone even the polish receptionist who've been lovely with us!!!!!
More than recomendable and of course a place to come back!!!!!

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W
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Umu is as you may know a Japanese restaurant, hidden on a backstreet in Mayfair. The food is highly refined the technical skills in the kitchen are high and the sommeliers knows their trade. I do however prefer deeper flavours, its a bit to light for my taste. We hade an eel dish that fulfilled this though and it was truly amazing. For me it wasn't worth the money ( me and ny wife paid about 650 quid) but on the same time it was a nice experience. So if you've got to much cash floating around you may find it worth the effort! :)

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BF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and quality service

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JP
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was ubdoudtedly too-notch but the service felt contrived. I’ve been to numerous Michelin starred restaurants and never been made to feel like I was ‘lucky’ To be there. I looked around me and saw others were being treated the same way. Would not recommend and not return.

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VC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very interesting place to visit. Be aware that place is quite difficult to find, if going there for the first time. Great food and very nice people working in, though you will have to show them that you are interested in their knowledge, and they will take you to a next level of dining experience. Quite expensive, but absolutely forth it.

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London
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The highest quality of fish and meat

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food in a beautiful place. Japanese cuisine at its best!

I highly recommand this restaurant!

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