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About Umu

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.

14-16 Bruton Place
London, W1J 6LX
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday: 12pm - 2.30pm


Monday - Saturday: 6pm - 11pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
£41 and over

Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
020 7499 8881

Public Transport:


Nearest tube: Green Park, Bond Street

Executive Chef:
Yoshinori Ishii

Additional:
Banquet, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Umu Ratings and Reviews

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Overall rating

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4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

3.8

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88% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasions (37)
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Lunch (21)
Healthy (20)
Business Meals (17)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Cosy (14)
Seasonal (12)
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Notable Wine List (10)
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Local Ingredients (8)
People Watching (6)
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Casual (4)
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vip
 (London)·Dined 2 days ago

We asked for a sushi and sashimi platter to be made. It was well presented and introduced. Lovely service and such a nice ambience.

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 (London)·Dined on 11 November 2017

Outstanding. Possibly the best meal my wife and I have had. At £470 I’d still give it 5 stars for value.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on 4 November 2017

What a fabulous meal. Cannot praise it enough. Food and wine of the highest quality.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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 (Miami)·Dined on 3 November 2017

The food is absolutely delicious! More on my instagram page @chefshy_
I went there on a Friday for lunch and straight away booked it for the dinner on the following day in order to try the tasting menu.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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 (London)·Dined on 2 November 2017

Great food, great chiefs, always impressed super!

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vip
 (London)·Dined on 31 October 2017

It's such a good authentic Japanese restaurant I am reluctant to share the secret to the world. Well it's not a secret since they are in the middle of Mayfair. Excellent service and food quality teleport us back to Kyoto.

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·Dined on 31 October 2017

Very good service and outstanding foods

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 (London)·Dined on 28 October 2017

Anniversary dinner - amazing food excellent service and special occasion pricing!! :-)

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 (London)·Dined on 21 October 2017

nice Japanese Food,yummy yummy

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·Dined on 10 October 2017

Absolutely outstanding food ! a must visit for those who love Japanese food and at the very highest end of the market.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (London)·Dined on 7 October 2017

Good was amazing ! Expensive, but amazing and will not disappoint.

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·Dined on 4 October 2017

The restaurant locates in a quite alley in Mayfair with a secluded entrance. They have seasonal tasting menu and a la carte menu, and a wine list with plenty of choices of Japanese sake. I ordered sushi for lunch, among all, I like the foie gras sushi and wagyu beef selection sushi most. It was a shame that they didn't have enough stock of sea urchin that day, so I couldn't order the fresh sea urchin as a starter but only as sushi. For dessert, the "Charamisu Mayfair Garden" tiramisu was great in all perspectives, presentation, flavor, creativity, just perfect. However, the homemade tofu did not meet my expectation, compared to the tofu I had back in Japan, this one was lack of flavour and the texture was too pudding-like. I would consider come back here again for the tasting menu though.

Tags: Vegan, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·Dined on 14 September 2017

UMU is always an experience. It is far too expensive but worth the treat once in a while. Interior is stark but warm with lots of wood and excellent low key lighting. The fish is fresh and prepped to perfection and their other signature dishes and UMU style sushis and top quality. They also boast an incomparable collection of sakes and wines. It is spectacular and the service is impeccable. Just look at that vegetable dish. Love it

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (London)·Dined on 6 September 2017

The food and the menu is a highly principled list. The quality of ingredients is unrivaled. The recipes are close to traditional yet with a slight twist. A highly recommended elegant restaurant.

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·Dined on 4 September 2017

Umu was simply extraordinary! I took my husband there for his birthday dinner. We took a tasting option of traditional Japanese Kaiseki dinner paired with sake. I think it is one of very few Japanese restaurant (outside Japan) that is able to bring the true taste of Japan through aromas, ingredients and presentation. Sake options served with food were just amazing - it beautifully complemented the dinner! The service was great - easy-going but at the same time informative and respectful. It was a real pleasure to dine at Umu, we would definitely come back! Highly recommended for any foodie or anybody who would love to try a high quality Japanese cuisine.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 18 August 2017

Yes it's expensive, but the quality of food and service are excellent and make it a real occcasion

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 2 August 2017

Great explanation of the sourcing of all ingredients and trying to source more British.

Tags: Business Meals, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on 26 July 2017

This is one of our all time favorite restaurants and we dine here whenever we are in London. The food is beautifully presented and tastes great.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Seasonal, Authentic
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 (London)·Dined on 17 July 2017

Excellent customer service, food top notch.

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 (New England)·Dined on 30 June 2017

Everything was really top notch, well deserving of the top reviews. Fresh seasonal ingredients, knowledgeable servers, and a playful element to presentation made this a unique experience worth the price of admission. Plenty on the Ala Carte menu, but we opted for the tasting menu with Sake and wine pairings respectively. A precisely balanced meal that hit all the right notes. The sashimi dishes were excellent, and the use of seasonal Japanese vegetables half way through the tasting was both refreshing and eye opening. A true delight, I would highly recommend the experience.

Tags: Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (London)·Dined on 16 June 2017

The chef is fantastic and every thing wonderfull. the service perfect

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (London)·Dined on 9 June 2017

The dishes are really charming and delicious. Especially the fish and lobster which are definitely fantastic and creative. For having Japanese cuisine, I prefer to have saki rather than wines. The waitress who really did well wine presentation and knew what I need. Good service with high quality Food and beverage,this combination, which brought me an extraordinary food tasting experience.

Tags: Cozy, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal
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 (London)·Dined on 30 May 2017

Good food and service, I got a good table

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 (London)·Dined on 13 April 2017

Good food with good service and all the ingredients so fresh love it all will come back soon

Tags: Cozy, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on 8 April 2017

Excellent and original Japanese haut cuisine. Fresh fish that melts in the mouth. Much more than sushi alone. The meal was ajusted accoording to taste, allergies and dietary requirements. Staff was a bit to close, but If you have the Japanese waiter you are in for a lot of fun. Joyfull person!

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic, Fun, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Bar Seating, Comfort Food
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 (London)·Dined on 7 April 2017

Umu offers incredibly fresh sashimi and some very interesting "modern day" sushi. The service is great and the the dishes are excellent. It's very pricey but I find it far better and less commercial than Nobu. Brace yourself when you make a reservation though... there is an eye watering £25 per person 24 hour cancellation fee (so be sure to turn up!).

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 31 March 2017

Expensive restaurant but great Japanese food and service. Very nice atmosphere too. Certainly in my top 3 in London.

Tags: Healthy, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on 27 March 2017

chef is great

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on 25 March 2017

Beautiful food, excellent service, highly recommend for a romantic dinner.

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 (London)·Dined on 15 March 2017

Excellent food - we very much liked the tasting menu with wine pairing

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 (London)·Dined on 21 February 2017

Good taste and the price is very suitable. The Kaiseki menu is pretty nice. I like this restaurant and I will come back often.
The door is very secret but nice

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vip
 (Surrey)·Dined on 14 February 2017

Valentine's Day dinner with wife. Was surprised to get a last minute table the previous night through OpenTable. I have had Japanese at many places including in Tokyo and done the Nobu, Roka Zuma et all but this place was way ahead of the pack. Exceptional fresh local ingredients, presentation that explains why this has 2 Michelin stars, attentive patient Japanese and European staff very well trained in explaining the food preparation and sourcing. I am surprised at myself why I have not been here before since the place opened about 6 years ago.

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 (London)·Dined on 11 February 2017

As expected... food of very high standard. Best sashimi I have ever had.

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 (London)·Dined on 3 February 2017

Great food and service, beautiful restaurant and well worthy of their 2 Michelin stars.

You enter the lobby through a beautiful sliding door and are greeted by friendly and polite hostesses. Then as you enter the restaurant you are greeted traditionally in Japanese by all of the staff.

As you would expect in any good Japanese restaurant, the staff are very polite and helpful and are always on hand if you need anything, yet never overbearing as you find in some restaurants.

The Chef's special selection sashimi platter was generous and varied. The grilled lobster starter was delightful and again, plentiful. The crispy skin Dover sole was excellent and the deserts were beautiful.

The star of the show though, the grade 11 Wagyu beef with miso nut butter. Spectacular is the only way to describe it. It tops the best fillet steak's melt in the mouth tenderness and could compete with a great rib-eye on flavour and the accompanying typically Japanese flavours only enhance your enjoyment.

At £95 it is not cheap, but if you have not had a great Wagyu dish before, this is certainly one of the best examples I have found.

I also thoroughly recommend that you shun the champers and opt instead for the sparkling sake. It's relatively low in alcohol at 5% but delicate and floral making it very drinkable. It almost tastes like elderflower and would make a great summer drink.

We will definitely be visiting again as the menu was full of beautiful dishes we couldn't hope to eat all in one night.

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vip
 (London)·Dined on 2 February 2017

We had our 45th wedding anniversary dinner at Fossett's and could not have asked for a more enjoyable evening. Everything was first class and a reflection of how fine dining used to be. We will definitely return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (London)·Dined on 14 January 2017

Really nice food. The gap between tables is a bit too close.

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 (Cambridge)·Dined on 7 January 2017

We had a wonderful lunch. Great opportunity to try the cuisine without huge expense. Staff very helpful and knowledgeable and helped us with food and saki selection. Lovely calm and relaxed environment. Lunch was great value but we want to go back to experience the full tasting menu. Full marks.

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 (London)·Dined on 14 December 2016

Great as usual - freshest ingredients, amazing staff. you always get what you pay for!

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 (London)·Dined on 5 December 2016

awesome place, just it was cold inside and given the outside temperature it would have been much better to have a warm environment.

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 (London)·Dined on 3 December 2016

The UMU never disappoints. I now have visited about one hundred Michelin-starred restaurants worldwide and almost all Michelin-starred Japanese restaurants in Europe, a fact of which I am very proud. Over the years the now two-star UMU in London has developed into my most-beloved restaurant I frequently return to when in London. What makes it so enjoyable is the mixture of traditional Japanese culinary art intertwined with a British-innovative approach towards seafood and of course the freshness of product. While some Japanese-food purists do not agree to the modern “fusion” approach I particularly like it as it gives you the option to combine e.g. classic sushi or kaiseki with more contemporary and adventurous food designs.
During my most recent visit I had Icelandic live sea urchin (phenomenal!!), squid noodles with Ocietra caviar (love it every time!), sake steamed abalone sunomono (good but not as good as enjoyable as e.g. in Hong Kong) and a selection of sushi: lobster, razor clam, seared scallop, Akami, brown crab (all just great) and my all-time UMU favourite (sorry puritans!) foie gras shitake. All this indulgence was accompanied by a most distinguished selection of lush drinks: sparkling sake Shirakabegura, sweet sake Komekomeshu and a bottle of Australian Adelaide Hills Riesling Kanta (that extensive drinks list is to underline the best wine-cellar my personal taste has ever encountered in a restaurant). For desert I had the chestnut and pear medley accompanied by Umeshu plum sake.
Altogether this was my fourth visit to UMU and it is still getting better and better! Drawbacks? Yes. UMU is for the dedicated gourmet and the devoted Japanese food-lover not for the backpacker foodie. A glorious dinner as I had the joy of experiencing will set you back a couple of hundred per person. Expensive? No! Cheaper you get anywhere, but better nowhere apart from Japan! UMU: Carry on - I shall be back.

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