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.
one of my top Thai places in central London without a doubt. The service through to delivery was exceptional. I will be sure to return again in the near future.
Lovely venue, food and service, Shame it was so empty on a Saturday lunchtime. £26 tasting menu was filling and delicious- plus well priced as you get a free glass of prosecco if you have tickets to Royal Albert Hall Hall
Fab food, great service and great location. Booked for dinner pre show at the Royal Albert Hall. Lovely staff who were able to accommodate our dietary requests
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.
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.
The food was good and initial service prompt. Order not taken on paper and twice the waiter had to return to recheck. However, the clearing of plates after the meal was a long time coming. Also the tube light gave the impression of a café as opposed to a nice restaurant. I think subded lighting would have helped to create a romantic ambience to complement the excellent 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
I hadn’t realised this was part of the Crowne Plaza hotel. The food was ok - service incredibly slow considering hardly any diners. Surly waiting staff at beginning of meal who took order and banged drinks down on table. Forgot my side of pad Thai noodles as well. Starters tasty but only like warm. I would t return