English Reviews (Reviews Total Language : 44 reviews)
“They simply cancelled my reservation”
My wife and I would have loved to go to this place. We are from Austria and Umi was very much recommended to us. It would have been the dinner before we left Japan to go home from our 25 year wedding anniversary. We had a confirmed reservation for November 8 made via opentable a week before. The nig...ht before this day we simply got an email via opentable that there is a private group at the restaurant, that there was an error and that they cancel the reservation. I think this absolutely sucks. You have a reservation and then a group books the whole place and they simply kick you out. I tried to email them directly but I could not find an english website. The email simply said to call them if I had questions. Thats why I am writing off my frustration here!! I sincerely hope that this is not their understanding of hospitality. So: I dont know how the food is! I dont know how the service is! I dont know anything about this place But: If you happen to have a reservation there, be sure to have a plan B! Because they might cancel your reservation the night before as they did with me!
Visited November 2019
“great omakase in a lively atmosphere”
Umi is tucked away in a pretty non-descript building in Minato, and not that easy to find ...Once you're inside, you'll sit behind the wooden counter with place for nine. The chef and hist staff are very lively, shouting instructions... The food is of excellent quality, even though the nigiri sushi ...was not of the stellar level as at Harutaka the day before. Still, the otoro, gizzard shad , anagi, uni were all of very good quality, and the steamed abalone was excellent, not in the least chewy. Beer and sake were fairly inexpensive. A particularity of Uni is that the omakase meal is longer than at almost any other top end sushi restaurant I know - I went for the 9 pm seating, and that lasted until almost 11:30 pm... With 2 Michelin stars to boost, Umi is deservedly popular..... good that TableAll was able to secure a booking for me.
Visited July 2019
“Incredible sushi ”
What an fabulous meal. Great quality omakase manu, attentive service, fresh high quality ingredients and so many courses we lost count. At the end they checked if we wanted more!! Tiny restaurant and it definitely needs reservations. The two Michelin stars are well warranted.
Visited May 2019
“Amazing sushi by a creative young chef....excellent value for a Michelin 2*”
This superb and memorable meal is undoubtedly one of the culinary high light of my week long trip! Ever since I was introduced to sushi by a friend, working in the Japanese Embassy, decades ago, whilst studying in London, England. I was hooked! Fast forward to present day Toronto. Living in North ...America/Canada, due to the scarcity of good Japanese sushi master chef plus limited availability and variety of rare and exotic fresh seafood, wasabi, rice and vinegar….etc, sushi offerings will always play second fiddle to the authentic and refined version one would only find in Japan. Throughout my life, although I have eaten in some ‘relatively’ top notched Sushi-Ya in places which I have lived in or visited, like Hong Kong, Singapore, Macau, Toronto, Vancouver, New York, LA, SF……etc. However, when it comes to authentic ‘top tier’ sushi offerings in Japan…… I still regard myself nothing but a NOVICE! ( though I have already eaten in some pretty decent Tokyo ones ) Therefore in this posting, I will not attempt to step out of my comfort zone and start commenting on the various nuances and taste profiles exhibited by the Otsumami or Neta and Shari of the Nigiri. I will not second guess the types of rice nor the different red or white vinegar types used by the chef. Nor will I try to get the exact correct names and origin of the seafood and fish used by the chef in crafting his delectable creation. This, I will leave to some of you expert to decipher from the pictures I have taken. A couple of comments I would like to make: IMO, the Shari was a touch hard and tasted a touch too vinegary. However, considering the dressing used on and the sweetness of the Neta offered, the resulting combination was quite nicely balanced. The creativity of the chef in alternating Otsumami and Nigiri courses is most commendable. This is more fun and takes away the boredom in eating a continuous stream of Nigiris after the Sashimi appetizer courses in traditional approaches. What I can definitely vouch for though is; When I commented on the photo something tasted good ……Man! It REALLY tasted gooood!! After 10 Otsumami dishes and 14 pieces of Nigiris, I am one happy and stuffed foodie!!
Visited February 2019
“The most excellent sushi I've ever eaten!”
A japanese colleague of mine recommended this place, calling it his favorite sushi place and now I understand why! He guided me and two other colleagues to the place and also reserved well ahead of time - 2 months are said to be the minimum. The place is small, roughly 8-10 seats at the counter and ...2 tables for two, so a very cozy setting. The chef prepares the sushi right in front of you and when you like one you can ask for one more otherwise he continues preparing the next one. We had probably 15 different ones all of them excellent. In parallel we tasted different sakes.
Visited October 2018