Umu

4.5
533 reviews
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£41 and over
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Japanese
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  • Tasting Menu
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Saturday: 12pm - 2.30pm


Monday - Saturday: 6pm - 11pm
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Phone number
020 7499 8881
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Yoshinori Ishii
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Public Transit


Nearest tube: Green Park, Bond Street
Additional
Banquet, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 533 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.4
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3.9
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

It was the best sashimi we’ve ever had...! Would go again!

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5.0Dined on 8 August 2018

Outstanding food and service. Attention to detail was unreal.
We had a lovely evening and it was a great way to celebrate a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on 7 August 2018

My second time here and it did not disappoint. Chef creates a wonderful kaiseki (tasting menu)

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3.0Dined on 6 August 2018

The restaurant called to confirm the reservation the day before, and to alert us that the air conditioner was broken. It was pleasant that they called to inquire whether that was acceptable or not considering it was going to be a business lunch. The ambience was nice. The service was good. We had Shokado Bento, and the presentation was lovely. There seemed to be duplication in the teriyaki flavor in the fish and meat. We enjoyed the visually intriguing tiramisu very much.

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5.0Dined on 3 August 2018

UMU is one of the best Restaurant in London and we enjoyed every dish we had.
The service was great and David was great in explaining details about each plate on the menu.
We will be back and we highly recommend it.

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5.0Dined on 26 July 2018

Excellent Japanese food. The fish was extremely fresh and soft, absolutely delicious. The restaurant itself is very elegant and cozy. Highly recommend for a casual lunch or special occasion.

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2.0Dined on 23 July 2018

Awful.

Arrived and were seated. It was uncomfortably warm. We asked and were told that the AC was broken. It was at least 30c outside. We should’ve left, but we had planned this meal and had been looking forward to it. We’ve eaten at 3* restaurants in Kyoto and had been expecting a fun kaiseki lunch. Unfortunately due to the hot temperature inside the restaurant, we opted for bento box lunches — no way we could stay for a kaiseki meal.

Bento boxes were fine, but hardly one Michelin star worthy, let alone two. The wagyu beef was very nice, but on balance the cost was a bit ridiculous.

We drank through several bottles of water and they charged us for them — outrageous given the AC situation.

Would not recommend.

PS They said they tried to call me to notify about the AC. No such call appeared on my phone. And they had called to confirm prior, so I know they had my number.

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4.0Dined on 19 July 2018

The food was excellent well up to Michelin standards. The service was attentive and well paced.
Pity about the air conditioning

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5.0Dined on 17 July 2018

Very creative food and excellent service. The presentation was top notch - such that I have not seen before. Quaint and quiet. Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on 12 July 2018

Wonderful dining experience — the sommelier, wait staff, chef, and host were exemplary and provided great background on all of the food and drink. I would rank this as the best dining experience, food, and wine that I’ve had in London.

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5.0Dined on 12 July 2018

We had the Kaiseki menu, trying both the wine and sake pairings. Sommelier was a gem, explaining why sake is served in different styles of vessel and even demonstrating the differential in taste between glass and ceramic cups. The food was, as one would hope for the cost, exceptional, particularly the 'head to tail lobster croquette'.
While there was not the intimacy found at The Araki (it may be different if sat at the counter) I much preferred the food, not least because we didn't leave hungry!
The only 'problem' is that I will have to go back to try the hotpot style dish that many of the regulars were enjoying...

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5.0Dined on 9 July 2018

We had the most lovely time here. The service was attentive and incredibly knowledgable and the execution of the food was very good. Can not wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on 6 July 2018

brilliant ,innovative Japanese Cuisine ,with great service, please stay for desserts we nearly didn't. they were to die for ,well done

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3.0Dined on 29 June 2018

First it is Michelin Star restaurant with no Air conditioning running. 26 plus outside in London now. Second: don’t be be fooled by the a la cartel menus because the really good fish only belong to the chef who makes preset dishes, for those who ordered sushi sashimi they use second grade fish. Unbelievable. The quality is day and night. I always curious how this Michelin people mislead they friends who trusted them and rely on they expertise. Overpriced ordinary sushi place with a little bit of creativeness.

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4.0Dined on 29 June 2018

Sushis are amazing, despite of our friendly waiter the overall service is not the one you expect in a 2 Michelin stars restaurant. Very noisy lunch due to the proximity of all the tables.

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2.0Dined on 28 June 2018

Some dishes were good
There was a scale on the toro, this is my first time eat a toro with a scale...
The service is a bit urge, the service man always took away the plate when there were still dishes on it.
And after we finished the meal and the service man took away the plates and gave us the bill immediately without ask us about dessert.

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5.0Dined on 25 June 2018

Expensive but excellent

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5.0Dined on 23 June 2018

Such an incredible restaurant. The whole team is very attentive and knowledgeable about the food and where every part of the meal comes from. Looking at the chefs work in front of you is such a treat, the level of mastery is just incredible.
Thank you for the divine food and experience.

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4.0Dined on 16 June 2018

Very good food. But please notice the language mistakes on the menu.

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5.0Dined on 13 June 2018

do love it!!!

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5.0Dined on 11 June 2018

Went there for my Daughter's Birthday, great time, great food!

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4.0Dined on 31 May 2018

First time at Umu and we had a great experience.
Pros: great food, chef’s attention to detail is bar none and really friendly and knowledgeable waitstaff
Con: hostess needs to work on her communication skills

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3.0Dined on 28 May 2018

Is AMAZING that dining at a Michelin star restaurant without normal air conditioning!!
Every time we look at the managers they walk away to somewhere else. Even if we don’t asked don’t offer ice cubes. And of course nothing compensate!
Actually the thin slice seasonal sashimi, aren’t as thin as before. Quite disappointed this time for 3 people (just 1 wine paring)GBP700 with such environment.

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5.0Dined on 18 May 2018

I enjoyed a lot dining in this restaurant. Food here is a superb experience. Every dish is made with attention to detail. Flavor is increidbly good. I sure would come back again

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5.0Dined on 15 May 2018

Very tasty

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2.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Ovrpriced, not up to a Michelin starred restaurant. Just a common kind of food.
Good service and ambiance, but thats all.

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4.0Dined on 9 May 2018

Fantastic Japanese food. Great staff and a lovely setting

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1.0Dined on 4 May 2018

So very overpriced and so very average don’t go here you will not be impressed.

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5.0Dined on 24 April 2018

Authentic and innovative at the same time. Well worth another visit to try the ten course tasting menu.

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5.0Dined on 13 April 2018

I had a chance to enjoy their Spring Kaiseki menu. Exceeded my expectations. Food, service, ambience, evertying was perfect - Fresh and delicious food with wonderful presentation, attentive service, cozy and authentic environment. I experienced Omakase meals at other high-end Japanese restaurants during my visit to London, this was the best of all. Will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on 12 April 2018

Best ever!

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2.0Dined on 7 April 2018

Reviewed this place the very day after eating there in March but strangely don’t see it here now. We have been to better sushi restaurants in LA for a third of the price. Reserved in advance and asked for a nicer table upon arrival only to be told it was reserved. Were rushed through dinner after getting the wrong drinks (how hard is a Grey Goose martini?), told the entree we wanted wasn’t available (early in the night no less) and treated to service below the standard of your friendly neighborhood diner (happy to espouse about the “incomparable” food but nowhere to be found when you actually needed something).

To finish, upon leaving the table we asked for upon arrival and were denied was STILL open.

Compare to other Michelin-starred restaurants we’ve enjoyed throughout Europe and the US and it’s shocking this place still sees customers enter its fancy doors.

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5.0Dined on 7 April 2018

We have been looking for somewhere like Umu for quite sometime.

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5.0Dined on 2 April 2018

Everything great, nice combination of classic fine nigiri with a very “modern fine nigiri art”...
Chefs are amazing and service perfect !

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Great for foodies! Even better than what I have in Japan! Highly recommend the tasting menu.

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5.0Dined on 30 March 2018

I absolutely love this place and try to come back whenever I’m in London. The food is very very good and the service impeccable!

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5.0Dined on 27 March 2018

Excellent sashimi bento box for lunch

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5.0Dined on 16 March 2018

Excellent services!

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5.0Dined on 15 March 2018

Fantastic lunch, had a number of sushis and other dishes including the soup and two of the starters. Welcoming staff, quiet and peaceful atmosphere. I would definitely visit umu again.

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4.0Dined on 14 March 2018

Had the Kaiseki menu with sake pairing
6 out of 9 are the perfect match to the food which is very impressive
The portions are nicely controlled but personally I did not feel full after the meal
Services had been spectacular until we finished food, where we have to keep asking for water
The Wagyu is very good, just that there had been 2 small ligaments that the chef did not remove had affected the smooth texture of the beef
It is quite an expensive meal but the experience and quality had been very good

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