If you’re going to do any kind of theming on a restaurant, especially the decor, then it needs to be good. Tuk Tuk is one of the places that I think manages to pull it off, and Umi, a new Japanese restaurant in Stockbridge is another – so much so, you become quite disoriented when you’re there as to whether you’re in a leafy suburb in Edinburgh, or a side street in Tokyo.
So a few things;
- The theming is awesome and I love it. I actually can’t wait to go back as it feels like you’ve been away on holiday for a couple of hours.
- Those rattan seats you see are quite weird to sit on, maybe you’ll be fine, but I’m not getting any younger and I opted for something sturdier – there are other options available.
- It’s quite cool (temperature wise), but to be honest, that adds to the side street in Tokyo vibe – take a jumper.
The menu at Umi includes all your favourite sushi, but it also goes quite big on ramen and other Japanese favourites. We started with Chicken & Vegetable Gyoza which came all dressed up in a little skirt – first time I’ve had gyoza like this, but OMG it was good! Like…the best in Edinburgh, good! We also had some tempura prawn, because frankly it’s nigh on impossible to pass over tempura prawn when it’s on the menu.
We took the ramen route this time as we’ve done a bit of sushi recently. We had no regrets. I chose the KFC Ramen which was a light chicken broth with karate chicken – a clever name and a good hearty dish. Alex had the Tonkatsu Ramen – a rich and creamy pork broth with chashu pork belly.
We were both very happy with our choices and have even taken away some tips for our homemade ramen – it’s all about the shredded leeks and good quality noodles!
The ramen portions are pretty huge so there wasn’t too much space left for dessert, but we managed a portion of sesame mochi between us with some green tea.
I really rate Umi, I like the relaxed vibe there and the dishes are all really affordable and there’s a wide variety of things to try – I will definitely be back.