13th August 2019 5.30pm
Umi can be found nestled in the heart of Stockbridge. Sister restaurant to both Kenji Sushi and Bentoya, Umi is the youngest of the trio but already strong in its following. They aim to offer high quality, authentic food at an affordable price.
Food – 9/10
- Chicken and vegetable gyoza
- Aubergine goma
- Tuna maki
- Avocado maki
- Tokyo roll
- Chashu don
- Diet coke
- Glass of white wine
The menu here is extensive and we really had to stop ourselves from over-ordering as there was such great choice and the menu layout made it all look so appetising. Sadly the stonebowl fried rice dish my friend wanted to order was unavailable but the helpful staff immediately recommended a suitable alternative from the specials menu which was a close match. This came with a miso soup which my friend gulped down. As you will be able to tell from the photo, when the aubergine goma arrived I cracked right in because I was so excited. So unfortunately you cannot see it in its original glory. It was a sweetened triumph that I wolfed down. The tuna and avocado maki arrived together. These were perfectly balanced between the rice and filling. The tuna was also at the right temperature to get the best flavour.
The gyoza came all joined together, which was unusual but made the presentation pretty. They were easy to take apart and the filling was delicious. The dipping sauce added a little contrast too. The toyko roll was generous in portion, with plenty of filling in the roll but still being a manageable size to fit in your mouth. I always feel conflicted about getting chicken in a sushi roll as it doesn’t seem right, but my love for the toyko roll knows no bounds. The chashu don was a special so I am not sure how often it features but consisted of steamed rice, topped with pork belly and the house special sauce. The pork belly was broken down into strips to be eaten easily with chopsticks. There was plenty of rice too.
Service – 8/10
The staff were very friendly and approachable. We did have to chase up on one drink but this was because the restaurant had become very busy very quickly. Everything else came out in a very timely manner.
Atmosphere – 8/10
This place had a really nice vibe about it. Whilst relatively empty when we arrived for our early table booking, this place was bustling within about 10 minutes of our arrival. However, that just added to the charm and feel of the place. The decor was unassuming and stripped back, which allowed the food to speak for itself. There was a happiness about this restaurant which we enjoyed.
Value – 9/10
Whilst the food was complimentary, we felt for sushi it was good value for money. You don’t have to spend much to have a filling meal and you can get rice or ramen dishes for under a tenner.
Cost – approximately £45
Overall – 34/40
Would I eat here again? Most definitely. I need to work my way through the menu.
Thank you to Julia from Crimson Edge for organising. Whilst the food was complimentary, views expressed are my own.