Best Japanese eating in London
Sushi and sashimi, udon and izikaya: how to do Japan in London
Behind an ultra-discreet heavy oak door, this Mayfair Japanese is the closest to the famed Kaiseki style: multi-course, micro-seasonal dining of Kyoto to be found in London.
This is food of zen like purity.
Chef Yoshinori Ishi, who has worked in many of Japan's best restaurants, not only serves revelatory sushi, he makes most of the extraordinarily beautiful ceramics himself.
At Umu, they believe in sourcing from the UK where possible: so the wasabi is from the only British producer and much of the fish is from Cornwall, caught and prepared according to Japanese tradition. The breathtaking sashimi is sliced so thinly it is almost transparent.
The soup garnished with leaves of chanterelle is exquisite.
Desserts are wondrous to behold and taste too.
This is refined Japanese dining at its pinnacle and there is an exceptional wine list to match. It is an unforgettable experience, and for those picking up the bill, so is the tab!
Price: 200.00 for dinner with drinks