London is no stranger to impeccable restaurants, and is home to several of the world’s best dining spots. Umami, located in the heart of South Kensington, is up there with the best of them, and boasts a menu that showcases the very best of Asian cuisine. You’ll find dishes sparking influences from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia as well as some truly special signature Umami creations that will invigorate your tastebuds to no end. With its home on Cromwell Road, a stone’s throw from Gloucester tube station and the National History and V&A museums respectively, Umami is the ideal space for lunch or dinner, just be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Umami, translating to ‘a pleasant savoury taste’ is centred around the concept of Feng Shui. This affects all aspects of this South Kensington restaurant from the food to the decor and to the service. The food is where Umami really shines, and you’ll find all the key elements of Asian cuisine shining through the dishes here. What we mean by that is, expect a perfect balance of sweet, salty, bitter and sour. Start your Umami affair with servings of chicken satay sticks smothered in that famous sweet peanut sauce; tempura lychee stuffed with minced prawn and chicken and Thai-style mussels and prawns tossed with basil, chilli and peppercorns. Tempted yet?
Then, it’s time to take your pick between all the curries, soups, salads and noodles. If you’ve a hankering for a curry, the gang ga-ri goong Thai yellow curry with king prawns and butternut squash goes down a treat, while noodle fans should keep an eye out for the laksa loaded up with prawn and chicken. With plenty more besides, including some stellar chef’s recommendations, Umami is one of the best dining experiences you’ll find in London. You’ll find this Asian haven on Cromwell Road in South Kensington, where you should also be sure to check out the carefully curated wine list to round it off just perfectly.
Delicious food and quick service with great pricing. I would thoroughly recommend this restaurant to any of my friends looking to eat in the area.
Excellent service, nicely decorated and the food was amazing! Staff were very attentive and whilst it was early and quiet the chef came and spoke to us. We were very impressed
The food is really good. My daughter has some allergies and they adapted some dishes for her. Very friendly staff. Efficient. They were doing their best but I think the service is a bit slow because they are short in staff.
This is my second time visiting this restaurant . The food is delicious , highly recommended . A very interesting mix of flavours from different countries in the Far East. The service was average, with some waitresses being very competent and knowledgeable and others, especially the male waiters , being sloppy and uninformed. Will still return to the restaurant because of the quality of the food.
This was our 3rd time eating at the Umami restaurant, we love it. Great food every time. The soup is amazing. Definitely will go again soon.
We enjoyed the Umami Tasting Menu. Very nice food and good value for money. We had a very kind and efficient server lady from Greece
3rd visit to the restaurant and food was incredible as always, however due to Christmas parties and being busy last night the service was slow due to lack of staff as only a couple of people seemed to be working all tables. I am sure this is a one off and luckily the food is so good it was worth the wait
Food more than passable, especially the soup, but we were rather put off by the girl at the ‘front of house’, whose paperwork was obviously more important than greeting customers. She ignored us for a good minute before one of her colleagues stepped in
Good and delicious! Nice hospitality and welcoming stuff make sure we will have a great time. Even the wine was good. The food was a big pricy, but still worth it
Good food, nice service, restaurant not too bright. It's no thrills but overall a good experience... have the seabass. Ginger ice cream also good, as are the fish cakes