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Umu is a gorgeously sophisticated Kyoto-style restaurant located in central London, situated on Bruton Place. Its Oxford Circus location therefore makes it a draw for business meetings, shoppers, foodies and locals after high-quality Japanese cooking in a calm and sociable atmosphere.
Umu’s menu was designed by chef Yoshinori Ishii, previously at the three-starred Kyoto Kitcho in Japan and New York's Morimoto. It includes traditional Japanese meals, such as a huge selection of sushi and sashimi, grilled fish and various soups and delicated sides. Furthermore reasonably priced set menus are offered consisting of seven individually designed courses utilising beautifully fresh fish (a speciality here) and vegetables, while the Kyoto-style kaiseki tasting menu is a masterclass in harmony, flavour and balance. GQ's Simon Kelner called it the 'best meal I have ever eaten in my life'. An absolute focus is laid on wine and sake here - the latter is imported exclusively from Japan and their menu contains over 160 different labels, including the oldest Koshu in Europe. Their wine list even is even more exhaustive and boasts over 600 labels.
Umu offers not only exquisite dining, but also professional learning. Chef Ishii invites guests to a cookery classes and demonstrations introducing traditionally cuisine light cuisine of Kyoto, Japan's old capital, familiarising participants and demystifying diners with the intricate cuisine of Kyoto, and depending on the class will provide insights on individual dishes.
Opening times: Monday - Friday lunch: 12:00 - 14:30 & 18:00 - 23:00, Saturday dinner: 18:00 - 23:00