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.
The restaurant atmosphere and the service are very pleasant and welcoming. It is never too busy which I foun enjoyable too. The food is delicious! I had been to Umami before and will go back.
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