Billed as London's 'first true Kyoto restaurant' Umu specialises in kaiseki cuisine which originates from Japan's ancient capital, Kyoto. One of the most expensive ways in the world to eat, kaiseki is Japanese cooking at its most refined, defined and designed. Those last three adjectives also best describe Umu's luxurious look. Dark, rich wood is moodily matched with mirrors and low velvet banquettes. Umu means 'born of nature' but there's nothing natural about the prices. Set kaiseki courses, with or without sushi, start at £60 rising to £200 per person. Classic, modern and warm sushi cost £3 to £6 per piece, and there's a separate specials menu. Highlights include a teriyaki of tuna belly with yuzu served by attractive kimono-clad waitresses.
Sample a la carte
- Organic vegetable tempura £7
- Tsukuri of scallops, dried grey mullet eggs £16
- Toro tsukuri, foie gras, bonito flakes £22
- Fried oysters, lemon vinaigrette, chives, ginger £6
Other starters and sashimi are available.
- Grade six Wagyu beef in hoba leaf, seasonal vegetables £37
- Grilled chicken, teriyaki sauce, kinome leaf £11
- Hari hari nabe: duck breast, maitake mushrooms, clear soup £12
- Steamed vegetables, sesame vinaigrette £8
- Tempura of scorpion fish, sea urchin, gyokuro sal £12
- Grilled lobster, soy sauce velouté, kinome leaf £25
Other main courses are available.
- Chilled green tea soup, pumpkin ice cream £10
- Chocolate fondant, white miso ice cream £8
- Homemade white miso ice cream £6
- Kyoto sundae £9
Other desserts are available.
14-16 Bruton Place, W1J 6LX
£75 - £84
Mon - Fri: 12pm - 2:30pm & 6pm - 11pm
Sat: 6pm - 11pm