Something that people really need to rediscover in Makati is Umu — arguably the best Japanese restaurant in Makati. Many have moved on and started experimenting with new-fangled restaurants. But to those who still appreciate the classics and know where to go, know to go to Umu.
Located in one of the most identifiable hotels in Makati – Dusit Thani Manila, Umu, which means “born of Nature,” continuous to uncompromisingly serve fresh, sumptuous and savory Japanese cuisine. This doesn’t mean that it has ceased to become innovative.
One of the best selling items in Umu’s extensive menu is the handmade pumpkin tofu — which has recently become one of my favorites. It’s a creamy, refreshing burst of sweet fresh flavor enhanced by a bit of wasabi. The dish is actually garnished with a single perfectly cooked prawn. If you’re going to eat anything from Umu, eat this. One order is quite filling already for a starter, and it is meant to be shared.
photo from makaticityhotels.com
For a fine dining restaurant located in a hotel, the prices aren’t as expensive as you might expect. Below are snapshots of parts of its menu:
I also like kani salad, which they serve in like sushi-like rolls of thin rice film wrap. The salad dressing is poured on top and it’s so easy to eat, especially with chopsticks. Super convenient!
The teppan is quite a feature also. There is a dedicated teppanyaki area which can fit 3 groups separately, and even a separate private teppanyaki room.
The restaurant has become the usual hide-away of some high profile celebrities, businessmen and politicians, not only because of it’s delicious repertoire and exquisitely designed and spacious private rooms, but also because of the discretion and professionalism of its staff.
If you are the sake drinking kind, Umu also has the Happiest Hour every 6-8pm on Thursdays and Fridays. For the low price of P1200, you can have unlimited sake or local beer, and sushi, sashimi, maki and robata (grilled food).
When you feel the craving for the classy and reliably comforting and refreshing, remember to go back to Umu.