Umu

4.5
569 reviews
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Japanese
A passion, an entire philosophy, that moves traditional Japanese cuisine into the modern age.Leave the world you know behind...

Using the finest ingredients sourced from across the world, Umu serves timeless Japanese cuisine in the heart of Mayfair.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese
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Hours of operation
Monday - Saturday: 12pm - 2.30pm


Monday - Saturday: 6pm - 11pm
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Phone number
020 7499 8881
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Yoshinori Ishii
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Public transit
Nearest tube: Green Park, Bond Street
Additional
Banquet, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 569 People Are Saying
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London
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Welcoming Sophisticated Atmosphere With Excellent Service And Food. Highly Recommended.

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London
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 3

Food is totally not worthy. Just a normal Western-Japanese restaurant

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XG
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasting menu was excellent and it was cool and interesting to have the sake pairings

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F
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Japanese in London. Great service and amazing food

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London
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I had a bento served with wagyu beef. Wagyu was quite tasty but the sauce was a little bit sweet. Brown tea ice cream was yummy, and I really love it. Services and vibe were good as well.
One problem was that I don’t think the rice tastes nice, just lack of a good smell.

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Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time and each time seems to get better and better. Amazing service accompanied the amazing and meticulously prepared dishes. Always a treat when I come to London

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PN
London
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice Japanese food

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n
London
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good Japanese food and excellent service, but at very high prices. The food is a mix of quite authentic Japanese dishes (fresh uni, sushi & sashimi, etc.) and some kind of fusion (lobster with a "bisque" sauce). We enjoyed the authentic Japanese dishes more than the fusion ones, but everything was very well prepared and presented, and mostly with good flavors. However, when you compare the food here with the equivalent in Japan, which would cost you less than half as much, it does not seem to be good value for money.

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F
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I had an enjoyable lunch and the staff were very pleasant and generally attentive.
However, for a 2 Michelin starred restaurant I was a little underwhelmed by the flavours. Visually the food was stunning, beautifully presented with clear artistry becoming of an establishment with its Michelin accolade.
There just wasn’t anything that sent my taste buds soaring which was a little disappointing.
Everything was pleasant but for me ‘pleasant’ isn’t enough in a restaurant of that status.

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V
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good beef. Better than Engawa. I would come back again for the tasting menu.

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Loved the matcha tiramisu

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f
London
13 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Saturday lunch I visited, half of the Umu punters were Russian (picture head to toe D&G or Balenciaga, but with nannies in tow for their selfie obsessed offspring) spending accordingly, with round after round of lobster nigiri. It is true Umu charges oligarch worthy prices, but I dare you to find Asian fusion 2-Mich star anywhere with better lunch menu prix. It's a real treat at £38-45 depending on what you choose. Exceptional food and service, and decent selection of sake by carafe or glass, if you are dining solo or in a couple that doesn't want to.go by the bottle. My lunch special consisted of beautifully presented vegetables entree, then a Bento box of nigiri and sashimi atop of fragrant yuzo rice with marinated shiitake and salmon roe underneath. Layer after layer of surprises, and just gorgeous flavours, and a joy for the eye. Dessert I opted for one of 4 lunch menu choices, ginger sorbet, with mini fruit - exceptional, as were the gorgeous petit fours. Definitely coming back here dinner or lunch, but especially set lunch, as it's an affordable treat for any day of the week or weekend. I also suggest any solo diner to book the spot at the counter, as it affords fabulous view of the chef/kitchen action.

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London
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service like same as in Kyoto-Japan
Thank you

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London
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Very disappointing. We went for my husband’s birthday and they were totally out of lobster and didn’t even apologise. We ordered 2 appetisers which were tiny and bland. We were so uninspired we cancelled our champagne order which seemed to be taking forever and didn’t bother with mains. Not sure how it has two Michelin stars. We left and went to Zuma which was incredible!!

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SR
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Japanese restaurant!!
Recommend the Losbter Tempura.

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DP
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The venue is of a high standard
The service is nice & relaxed but not to the high standard of a 2 star Michelin restaurant.
Staff are chatty & polite but lack real attention to detail.
A service charge was not deserved.
However the food is a real treat &is top class.
Will not rush back which is rather a shame.
If not careful the restaurant will lose a star in the near future as its rather complacent in its approach to be the very best.

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HB
Surrey
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I visited here for lunch. We decided on Umu because my friend loves Japanese cuisine and I love trying new things. Umu did not dissapoint! My friend loved her assortment of sushi, particularly the scallop one and I adored my smoked charcoal eel. We both thoroughly enjoyed our chocolate dessert with some form green tea ice cream. I would also like to make special mention of the staff as they were really pleasant and particularly accommodating, as I am unable to use chopsticks due to a disability. We will definitely be back!

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CW
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

a bit over priced, their dessert is better than the main dish

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N
London
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I was expecting something a little more special as far as ambiance. Also it was very difficult to understand our waiter as he tried to explain the dishes. It was interesting.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Food is really quite over priced, and would absolutely fit the “try-too-hard” category. Would rather dine in other restaurants such as Dining’s, Hakkasan, (the old) Sumosan etc for more enjoyable Japanese food. We took our 6 month old baby, who is familiar and very well behaved in restaurants, for an early weekday dinner - the maître D was great however our waiter and other colleagues seemed almost judgemental and rude about it. For a dinner for two for +£350, not the “welcoming” you would expect. The ambiance is great however and, perfect for a date night.

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m
London
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was frankly average with high prices

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NA
London
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very good restaurant. It has genuine Japanese taste. Japanese beef was outstanding.

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PD
London
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fodd was excelent. I am never disappointed there. The service discrete and perfect! Out waiter is a gem!

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JC
London
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vegetarian Bento box for lunch, so many amazing flavours I gave up trying to work out what they were and just enjoyed it. Excellent service, ambiance and most importantly food. It’s very rare that I write reviews but the whole experience was sensational and the price made it even more so.

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DY
Hong Kong
29 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

We have tasting menu with sake pairing at lunch. As always the managerial grade staff are just so so. But all others staff are friendly and superb nice. Food are really nice which equal to the bill. Just wondering if Chef know that the front line did do well how will the chef feel...

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Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Un really top japanese restaurant with super fresh sourcing of products and perfect cooking.

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London
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Came in with a friend for lunch and had the Bento box with tiger prawn tempura. There was nothing to really complain about but it was still not a meal I'll remember. My friend had the same impression. Had never been to a Michelin restaurant before and expected way more in terms of both service and food. Nothing exciting. Would not recommend it.

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N
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

I cannot believe this place has Michelin stars. Every Japanese restaurant I’ve ever eaten in in France, California or New York was better than this as far a freshness and flavor. Even cheap and casual ones.

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s
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Average food nothing special, not worth the money .How can it be 2 star Michelin. Roka restaurants way much better.

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Munich
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was fantastic, but service was ver poor for a 2 star Michelin restaurant. We didn’t even get refreshing towels.

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JW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We visit Umu once a year at least for the fabulous kaiseki tasting menu. It consists of seven courses of Japanese food mainly based on fish and vegetables with one meat dish and a dessert. We changed the meat dish to vegetable tempura as we don’t eat meat. You start thinking it won’t fill you and by the end you can’t eat any more. Every course is picture perfect and tastes the same. We had the matching sakes which paired with each course very well and were expertly described by the waiter. It’s certainly not cheap but in our view worth the outlay on a special occasion.

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CY
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Impressed with both the food and service at Umu. Authentic Kyoto cuisine style with beautiful presentation of the freshest seafood. The lobster bisque was our favourite.

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JC
London
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was the best sashimi we’ve ever had...! Would go again!

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SG
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Attention to detail was unreal.
We had a lovely evening and it was a great way to celebrate a special occasion.

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second time here and it did not disappoint. Chef creates a wonderful kaiseki (tasting menu)

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NY
Tokyo
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The restaurant called to confirm the reservation the day before, and to alert us that the air conditioner was broken. It was pleasant that they called to inquire whether that was acceptable or not considering it was going to be a business lunch. The ambience was nice. The service was good. We had Shokado Bento, and the presentation was lovely. There seemed to be duplication in the teriyaki flavor in the fish and meat. We enjoyed the visually intriguing tiramisu very much.

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g
London
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

UMU is one of the best Restaurant in London and we enjoyed every dish we had.
The service was great and David was great in explaining details about each plate on the menu.
We will be back and we highly recommend it.

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K
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent Japanese food. The fish was extremely fresh and soft, absolutely delicious. The restaurant itself is very elegant and cozy. Highly recommend for a casual lunch or special occasion.

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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Awful.

Arrived and were seated. It was uncomfortably warm. We asked and were told that the AC was broken. It was at least 30c outside. We should’ve left, but we had planned this meal and had been looking forward to it. We’ve eaten at 3* restaurants in Kyoto and had been expecting a fun kaiseki lunch. Unfortunately due to the hot temperature inside the restaurant, we opted for bento box lunches — no way we could stay for a kaiseki meal.

Bento boxes were fine, but hardly one Michelin star worthy, let alone two. The wagyu beef was very nice, but on balance the cost was a bit ridiculous.

We drank through several bottles of water and they charged us for them — outrageous given the AC situation.

Would not recommend.

PS They said they tried to call me to notify about the AC. No such call appeared on my phone. And they had called to confirm prior, so I know they had my number.

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k
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was excellent well up to Michelin standards. The service was attentive and well paced.
Pity about the air conditioning

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