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“Umami, a japanese name, a restaurant chef that is not japanese and the food also not”
Review of Umami Restaurant

Umami Restaurant
Ranked #26 of 1,488 Restaurants in Strasbourg
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$60 - US$89
Cuisines: Fusion
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: Petite France Centre
Reviewed 8 September 2013

Small restaurant in "Petite France", nice decor. The boss is the chief and his wife is the only person for reception and service. She is polite, says hello and then doesn't smile anymore. Maybe it was a bad day for her ? The food is excellent and the prices fair. A place to patronized again.

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1  Thank Thierryonthego
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Reviewed 30 August 2013

Umami is located in Petit France, so the meal can be combined with the “obligatory” visit to the area. The restaurant contrasts with neighboring touristic eateries which are mostly huge and generic. Given its small size, the restaurant must be quite inaccessible for “walk-ins”. We booked in advance and confirmed by phone closer to the date. The place seemed very cozy; the interior included nice oriental details. Same goes for food – kind of European, but almost fusion with Asian motives. Very enjoyable! We had a three-course meal, focused on sea food and fish. Very consistent high quality. The service was efficient, though a bit impersonal. Would come back again!

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Thank Nikolay07
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

Nice small Restaurant in a nice neighbourhood.

Food:
Excellent starter (Beef Tartar and Shrimps) - both consistency / Quality of products as well as the taste were excellent.
Main: chicken and fish were excellent, again good Quality and taste.
Dessert: unfortunately the Dessert was a bit disappointing - mediocre, not bad, but after the excellent starter and main it did not convince fully.

Service: the Manager was professional, but lacks of charme.

Overall one of the better Restaurants in Strasbourg, I will probably go back if again in the area.

Thank TandTSwitzerland
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

While we did not have the opportunity to dine at Umami, I wanted to rate them "excellent" for their generous offer when they could not accommodate us due to an oversight on their end. We did make reservations in advance and had an email confirmation, but somehow, we got lost in the shuffle. Having worked in the industry for many years, I understand how these things can happen. Follow others' advice here and call a couple of days in advance to confirm the reservation. Perhaps on a subsequent visit to Strasbourg....

Thank Novielli
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Reviewed 27 July 2013

Booked this for my special birthday meal while we were on holiday. Make sure you confirm your booking on the day or day before. The restaurant is located in the historic heart of the city in a lovely little pedestrian street. It's a tiny place and has fewer than 20 covers. Its not a complicated or overlong menu and it was nice to just relax, sit back and order the six courses with matching wines.

After the obligatory champagne for my birthday we had an amuse of pea veloute with mint coriander and some white fish on top - lovely and refreshing. Next came three fish courses - first a sea bream tartare with pickled cucumber, which I loved. Then tuna with a cabbage and carrot slaw that was in a wasabi cream - the hint of wasabi was delicate and not at all overpowering and worked excellently. To finish the fish courses John Dorey was served with very fined diced cauliflower, broad beans and a sweet and sour chilli sauce - again a perfect balance of ingredients.

Meat course was pork that was served with a broccoli puree and tiny carrots, while it was good it was my least favourite course. The cheese course was just two different cheeses but served in good quantities - a comte and a very soft goats cheese that had been worked on - both were lovely and it came with cooked cherries - a gorgeous and unusual presentation that I really enjoyed.

Pudding was raspberry sorbet with redcurrants and redcurrant jelly with a coconut milk - again delicious and very refreshing. We finished with coffees and a little rhubarb panna cotta with ginger Chantilly.

The standard of the cooking was excellent. Service is done by the chefs wife alone and so while it was very efficient and professional she understandably doesn't have time to chat - I didn't mind this at all but I notice that others have interpreted this as a lack of warmth.

The Japanese influences on the cooking were very well done, subtle but definitely there and it does make this place stand out from many other Michelin restaurants. I can't recommend highly enough and would love to return.

Two days later we ate at Le Gavroche, which had newly acquired a Michelin star - the two places were very different and the contrasts were interesting - both were excellent though.

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