The transcending openness of Umai provides a culinary interactive journey of the East all experienced in Dubai. The open-pan kitchen offers a view of the Umai chefs in action preparing Sushi, Sashimi and Teppanyaki along with Dim Sums, Asian soups, hand tossed noodles and more.
Umai boasts two treasures apart from the delectable food. A tea master-ess who skillfully displays her momentous moves in sync with her bronze kettle whilst deftly pouring the tea in rounded tea cups without a spill. The second, a rarest treasure in Dubai, is a Chef Takeyuki Nakagawa, a certified Fugu (Pufferfish) chef skilled in the famed yet notorious Japanese cuisine.
At Umai, selected seafood is flown fresh from markets such as Tokyo’s Tsukiji (fish) market which provides the fresh sashimi and uramaki cuts. The freshness of the fish, ranging from tuna, white fish and salmon was exceptional and the flavorsome uramaki rolls were kept intact with the flawlessly cooked rice and fillings rolled to perfection.
My palate was treated to a taste of Korean cuisine – a bowl of Abalone and Crab soup served with ash gourd and white radish. The abalone provided a smokey aroma to the soup and complimenting the seasonal vegetables.
Cantonese Dim Sums was also experienced, from a green tea dumpling with vegetables fillings, to a spring chicken dumpling with finely chopped vegetables and the most loved, sweet and sour fried crispy wontons which was all relished within minutes of being served.
The famed Teppanyaki skills were displayed in the open-pan kitchen, just a slight distance away from where I was seated was truly exciting! The succulent Wagyu Tenderloin with Yaki Onigiri (handheld rice) was oozing flavors with each bite. An exceptional taste and a must try at Umai.
To end a fantastic experience, a Mango and Shiso Cake a take on modern Japanese pastry was smooth with a subtle spice hit from the shiso was balanced with the spherical mango squirting its trapped juices once popped. A gastronomical dessert!
An extraordinary experience all around at Umai, from excellent service to watching the Chefs working harmoniously and, if you’re lucky, an opportunity to roll your own sushi and try your hand at the teppenyaki action all at Umai.
In addition to daily delicacies, the ‘Thursday Tapas Supper‘
offers a taste of Umai specialties every Thursday night from 7:30pm for AED320 pp. including soft drinks and fresh juices. Great start to the Dubai weekends!
Umai at The Oberoi, Dubai
+971 4 444 1 444
6.30 pm – 11.30 pm