14-16 Bruton Place,
Tel. 020 7499 8881
Food type: Japanese
Nearest tube: Bond Street
Many apologies for the lack of posts. The last couple of weeks has been a complete whirlwind with my wedding and subsequent honeymoon. During this time, there has still been plenty of dining out and I will be writing about some of the more exciting (and less exciting) dining experiences of our trip in due course. However, for now, there are some back dated posts to get through in quick succession.
Umu has been around in London for quite some time now. I have visited Umu once, back in 2009, where it held a single Michelin star. At that time it was one of three Japanese restaurants in London to be awarded a star (the other two being both branches of Nobu). My meal then was fine, but nothing spectacular. The kind of meal that you would happily pay for but forget 2 weeks later. Then in the most recent Michelin guide, Umu was upgraded to 2 stars. During this process, they have inherited a new head chef – Yoshinori Ishii, who has put a lot of effort into the sourcing of his produce, going to great lengths to teach Cornish fishermen the ikejime technique of handling fish. This intrigued me, as prior to this, most Japanese restaurants in London often source their fish from suppliers like Atari-ya, which is fine, but not great. So I was keen to see if the additional effort in sourcing would taste different.