Umami at Crowne Plaza London Kensington

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Named after that elusive ‘fifth taste’ much revered by the foodie avant-garde, Umami at the Crowne Plaza Hotel offers user-friendly, pan-Asian cuisine for Cromwell Road’s tourists and museum trippers. Expect voguish, feng shui surrounds and a backpacking cook’s tour of Far Eastern climes, taking in Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan, with tapas-style plates in two sizes (for solo grazing or sharing). The kitchen serves up admirably executed, sustaining versions of Thai fishcakes, pandan chicken, duck with tamarind, beef rendang and the like – although these do little to fire up the taste buds. Instead try something less conventional, such as wickedly delicious lychee tempura stuffed with prawns and chicken – or take an express tour through the region with one of the admirably diverse 'Asian Journey' set menus. Tastefully subtle desserts such as homemade chilli and stem-ginger ice cream make for a refreshing finish.

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Umami at Crowne Plaza London Kensington
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Umami at Crowne Plaza London Kensington

Crowne Plaza Hotel, 100 Cromwell Road ,London SW7 4ER

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Does not deliver on what it promises

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May 2013

First, be warned that the ambience of the restaurant is zero unless you enjoy eating in what is effectively an extension to the hotel's lobby. I think this might be acceptable for breakfast but certainly not for dinner. The menu styles itself a Pan-Asian but I would describe it more as South East Asian with an emphasis on Malaysian food. Main courses seemed to be limited to curries and noodle dishes ( more on the curries below!). We were six people and most of what we ordered was disappointing...

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 3
  • Atmosphere: 4
  • Value: 5

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  • Address: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 100 Cromwell Road, London SW7 4ER
  • Telephone: 020 7341 2320
  • Opening Times: Mon-Fri 12N-3pm Mon-Sun 5.30-10pm

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