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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Resonantly fresh Japanese cuisine in Mayfair

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At a glance

Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

With its smart Mayfair address, Umu’s fans are prepared to pay handsomely for high-definition food of lightness and bracing freshness, and the stylishness with which the package is achieved. Enter the discreet push-button sliding door and a greeting is called out in the best tradition of Japanese hospi-tality, the calm interior inspired by upmarket Kyoto kaiseki joints, all delicate wood screens and sub-dued lighting acting as a foil to the precision knifework of the kitchen brigade. The food is firmly an-chored in traditional ways, with Bento-box lunches and various set menus removing the need to ago-nise over the extensive main menu, the former opening with a precise assemblage of seasonal vege-tables and shiitake mushrooms with edamame purée and red miso powder, before going on with a selection of stunning fish and seafood dishes, ringing with resonant freshness and pinpoint season-ing, among them sea bass and tuna sashimi, and lightly grilled Dover sole with tangy fermented veg-etables and the umami kick of bonito flakes. If budget is not an issue, seasonal Kaiseki menus deliv-er a world of sparkling-fresh fish and gold-standard meats.

Opening hours

  • Closed: Christmas, New Year and Bank holidays
  • Days closed: Sunday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 11


  • Chef(s): Yoshinori Ishii

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Japanese
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines over £30: 860
  • Wines by the glass: 25

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 64
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 10
  • Off-site parking available: On street, NCP Hanover Hill

Getting here

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Green Park, Bond Street
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