Umi Japanese Cuisine
Slick sushi and noodles in a cosy, traditional ambience.
Hidden below ground, stepping into Umi’s basement takes you into a cosy multi-level dining area gleaming with lustrous lacquered wood. Those familiar with Umi’s sister restaurants (Bentoya and Kenji) won’t be disappointed by the sushi and sashimi on offer, but this latest opening aims to carve out a noodle niche with a line of soulful new ramen dishes. Subtly flavoured, they are elevated by attention to detail, whether that’s a tangle of bright chilli hairs, a backdrop of nori or a traditional ajitama soy-seasoned egg with just-set, custardy yolk. If the house is full it’s a slight squeeze in to the traditional tatami room, but the light filtering through the translucent paper of the sliding wooden lattice creates instant ambience and charm. Relax on the bench seating as you contemplate a parade of raw fish that includes the prized fatty toro, though creative liberties have been taken with the sushi toppings and fillings; look out for cheddar, jalapeno, cranberry and pomegranate.
- Private dining: Up to 12 covers
- Provides: Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Contemporary Japanese
- Capacity: 35
- Largest group: 30
- Open since: 2019
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 2
- House wine: £16.50 per bottle
- BYOB: £3 for wine, £1.50 for beer corkage