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There’s something very seductive about the almost ‘secret’ entrance to Umu: press the touchpad to open the space-age door, sweep through the curtain, and you’re immediately immersed in a world of top-class Kyoto-style Japanese cuisine. Inside, it looks sharp, with lots of burnished wood, vivid flower displays, a sushi counter and an open-to-view kitchen majoring on spectacularly fresh seafood. Sushi and sashimi are a must – perhaps wrasse (rock fish) from Cornwall, turbot, Californian sea urchin or even cured and seared red mullet? Elsewhere, wild Scottish lobster stars in a dish with shichimi pepper and miso bisque, and there’s 9th-Grade Wagyu beef grilled at the table – it’s all creative and beautifully crafted. The high-art intricacies of the kaiseki menu are a thrilling ride from start to finish, while desserts such as sticky toffee pudding with white miso ice cream are equally refined. The food is matched by the most exquisite saké selection in town. Just make sure someone else is paying.

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  1. Umu Japanese Restaurant is a one Michelin starred venue located in the heart of Mayfair. It’s a favourite of those who work at the Japanese Consulate, and understandably so as the food is divine. Chef Yoshinori Ishii previously spent nine years at Japan’s three Michelin-starred Kyoto Kitcho, and his haute cuisine approach to Japanese cooking means his food at Umu is graced with a touch that is both elegant and precise.

    I dined at Umu last year (for more on that meal click here), but I also had the opportunity to try Umu’s four-day pop-up restaurant at Frieze Masters recently, a fine-arts exhibition in Regents Park. The pop-up restaurant only offered a limited selection of starters, sushi, sashimi, and mains from the original Umu menu, but it was still a great showcase of what the standard Umu menu had to offer...
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  1. Umu Japanese Restaurant is a one Michelin starred venue located in the heart of Mayfair. It’s a favourite of those who work at the Japanese Consulate, and understandably so as the food is divine. Chef Yoshinori Ishii previously spent nine years at Japan’s three Michelin-starred Kyoto Kitcho, and his haute cuisine approach to Japanese cooking means his food at Umu is graced with a touch that is both elegant and precise...
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