Umu

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Japanese
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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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OT
London
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The sushi at UMU uses the best ingredients and spans from wonderful simplicity to exotic confections.

My personal preference is the counter as it lets the full experience from piece of fish to plate via the amazing elegance and dexterity of the creators.

It’s Sake list reflects the owners predilection

But it is possibly the staff that really make the place after all that!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fish was beautifully prepared and very fresh. The presentation was lovely. Very cool location and ambiance. It is quite expensive.

OT
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good yet very expensive.

s
Kent
32 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The best service we've had whilst fine dining. The menu was explained clearly, our waiter had lots of time for us, he was friendly and importantly, from my point of view, not pretentious.
From a vegetarian point of view, the menu is a little limited, but everything I ate had flavour, texture and style.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Over priced, not that special at all. not worth our time or energy. Won't recommended. There are many expensive AND excellent Japanese restaurants in London but unfortunately Umu is NOT the one of them.

y
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Expected much better food and very disappointed

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply amazing!!

TL
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 2

A really special restaurant with superb food beautifully presented. We had shashimi, sushi, tempura and red miso soup. The lobster tempura was amazing and the sashimi superb.
The food is expensive but exquisite so an ideal place to eat with friends who love Japanese food.

M
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Food is very good enough as Japanese food, but not outstanding in comparison with other good Japanese restaurant in Japan.

DC
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent no complaints there and the experience was surreal, personally I just felt that the waiters would come to our table very often.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best sushi we have had

LO
London
7 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every aspect was great, and they were happy to suggest non-meat options for the kaiseki.

N
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Most amazing meal, we had the tasting menu and the wine matching. The food was brilliant, especially the hand rolls, and sashimi. The sommelier was really friendly and the matches really brought out the taste of the food.

ST
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The restaurant is tucked at the corner of a quiet Mayfair road, one has to touch a tablet-sized button to activate an automatic sliding door to enter. I came to Umu for lunch so I decided to get the 10-piece nigiri sushi selection from the lunch menu. First I was served an appetiser of seasonal vegetables and dried miso, while I was enjoying that, I was also enjoying watching the sushi chef preparing my selection of 10 pieces. Each piece is a different fish including sea bass, salmon, yellowfin tuna, red tuna, squid, scallop, eel. Interestingly they give a twist to their nigiri by topping them with a little seasoning and some with a little freshly grated real wasabi. Together with the sushi also comes soup, I went for red miso, but there also was sweet miso and seaweed. This is the best sushi I ever had, each fish has its subtle taste and texture, the rice is so crumbly it barely holds together. Included in the deal is dessert, which is a scoop of ice-cream or sorbet on a selection of seasonal fruit, feeling adventurous I went for buckwheat ice-cream. Again it was great, the fruit ripe and delicious, the ice-cream a revelation. Umu is a superb restaurant that serves real Japanese food. Highly recommended.

R
Frankfurt Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the Summer Kaiseki Menu. Everthing was fresh and delicious. Even though the menu had nine courses the Food was light and not to much. Very friendly staff. Also the Chef was very nice and asked how I liked his creations. Definitely going back when I am in London next time.

AA
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

An incredible experience that was befitting to the occasion we were celebrating. The food was incredible. Art is the word that always comes to my mind. We were also lucky to have had Cedric serve and explain the Kaiseki to us. He was great. We will definitely be going back to try the seasonal menu as it changes, as well as order more of the Umu Nigiri. Regards to the Master Chef and friendly team of staff.

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Overpriced, service not adequate for a 2 star Michelin star, overall very disappointing experience..

PF
London
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the staff were very friendly.

FF
London
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was great. Especially the Foie gras nigiri and Wagyu Tataki. Service was excellent, so was the environment.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd lunchtime visit. As before fantastic food, service and experience. Has to be one of the best restaurants in London.

T
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh ingredients and feast for the eyes and tummy!

JB
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wagyu was great, dessert is very delicate. The restaurant is clean and tidy. The lighting is dark which feels comfortable.

DZ
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Really didn't enjoy the food. Just didn't taste good.
Service was sluggish and the atmosphere was very quiet and boring

T
London
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

Anniversary dinner was treated as fast food. Reminding you 3 times the need the table back. I had been a regular but unlikely anymore. Economics have compromised quality.

WL
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming since 2004 and love it. Can you open a restaurant in Cornwall

ND
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a pretty tricky start actually, with a greeter at the door who was impolite and really quite short with us. To be fair we were 15 minutes early and wanted to sit at the bar. She said “we don’t have a bar”, but I had meant at the long low table facing the kitchen, otherwise known as a bar! She was not an ideal first impression and restaurants should remember that the very first person you meet gives an incredibly important first impression.
ANYWAY! As soon as we went in properly the service was absolutely exemplary, elegant, swift, charming but never intrusive.
The food. I was absolutely unprepared for what I can only describe as the majesty of the cuisine here. From the first taste, a greeting from the chef that blew my mind (talking about first impressions), to the last cherished bite was simply extraordinary, and very much one of the finest dining experiences I have had. An example was the mixed vegetable dish. I always judge a restaurant by how well they cook their vegetables. Well this was a little silver bucket with a tinier container for soil and a sauce that I can’t even begin to do justice to with words. It was the greatest vegetable dish I have ever eaten.
I had the sashimi plate, which was about 10 different types of fish. The tuna belly was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever had in my mouth.
We had theatre reservations, but honestly I would happily have spent the whole evening at this remarkable restaurant. The abiding memory is the calm focus of the chefs we sat watching. Control, calm, focused, intensely concentrated.
Thank you!

OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good ingredients, great pairing with sake.
Too much inox and foil coverages.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

soso very expensive
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PP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

I have no words for their foods. It is beyond the expectation especially the Wagyu beef selection sushi. When I tried it, just seem like the wagyu melting in my mouth. The only problem is I don't think the service is up to standard of high-end restaurant. Staff should be more active than this.

PL
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favourite Japanese restaurant in London. Tucked away behind Bond Street it’s a retreat from the hustle and bustle outside.

d
New Orleans
27 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Outrageously overpriced. Even the wine, some of them at 40 pounds a glass! Good sushi but does not justify the price. Ambiance cool but somewhat dreary. For businessmen with fat expense accounts.

IM
London
6 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still the best

P
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place, outstanding food and great service.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Michelin got it wrong. Weak servers, slow service, mediocre food, premium prices. Signature lobster dish was terrible. Tasted like bad umi. Perhaps we’re just spoiled in the USA?

SL
London
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

We expected a lot for the two-star Michelin restaurant. But when we got there, seating area is quite narrow, you even can listen what next table saying clearly.
For the food, we chose summer tasting menu which cost 165 pounds pp. We expected it would be a worthy dinner for us to celebrate our anniversary. Unfortunately, dishes come with bored menu and endless sashimi. The only impressive dish is made by corn. Totally disappointed !

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely, welcoming staff. Delicious food. All made for a very enjoyable experience

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

Great japanese Restaurant. We had the Kaiseki Menu which was an amazing culinary experience for us. Nice to see the all Chefs preparing shushi in front.

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved it I just love good food
Every inch this restaurant is amazing Food is to die for. Lovely to see all Chefs I front you cooking an preparing food just excellent.Staff all very nice price was also good Loved this restaurant and will be going back

S
Hertfordshire
81 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Incredibly expensive but oh so amazing sushi! Highly recommend a visit and try the fois gras sushi! OMG!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Disappointing meal and bad service

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