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“Amazing southeast Asian food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Umami

Umami
100 Cromwell Road | Kensington, London SW7 4ER, England
+44 20 7341 2320
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Ranked #691 of 17,931 Restaurants in London
Price range: $32 - $49
Cuisines: Malaysian, Thai, Vietnamese, Singaporean
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: We've created a menu that's rich in authentic flavours and ingredients, offering a real taste of Pan-Asian cooking with dishes from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Beijing, China
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Amazing southeast Asian food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

We only went to eat at Umami out of convenience - we were staying at the Crowne Plaza (within which this restaurant is located) and didn't want to go far for dinner. Well, you could color me extraordinarily surprised, because here we had one of the best southeast Asian dinners we've ever had, at least outside Asia.

We ordered a couple of starters (absolutely amazing Spring rolls and extremely tasty chicken skewers) and three main dishes for three people - which was slightly too much for us to finish. The coconut prawns were the surprise of the evening though - served in a delicious red curry sauce, we could not get enough of it. The Thai green curry was ok, not bad, but really nothing truly special. Finally the Mee Goreng (not sure of spelling) was also delicious but it was also fiery hot - pretty much the hottest food I've tasted in Europe - usually even if you ask for hot, they tone it down a bit for us weak westerners, however they didn't spare any chilis here!

Our waitress, Evelyn, was very attentive and polite. I've seen some reviews earlier here complaining about slow service - that I really cannot agree with - it didn't feel slow at all.

They did suggest we try their tasting menus, which seem worth the price, but considering we ordered less and still ended up having too much food, I would recommend thinking twice about it. The waitress kindly suggested we order two menus and split three ways, and has we felt hungrier, we might have done it.

All in all, an extremely good meal - and we were pleasantly surprised.

Visited August 2014
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Milngavie, Scotland
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“Lovely food! Reasonable prices!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We ate here early on a Sunday evening - the waitress was very knowledgeable about the dishes on the menu and was able to make recommendations to us. There is the option to have 'Sharing dishes' - the only advantage being that two portions of the same dish were slightly cheaper than taking two different dishes. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and would definitely go back.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We had a table of 10 here last night. And we had a great night!!! It was a surprise for all my guests. The chef selected the menu for us and there was something for everyone. My self and my guests found the food delicious and the service by Navine just as fantastic to match. I was already a fan but now you have added 9 more to your existing fan base. Thanks again for a great night!!!!

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Hollywood, Florida
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“Good food, lousy service”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The food was good. The amount of the food is ok for the cost.

The service sucked. Having to wait so long for drinks was unheard of at other restaurants.

This is not a restaurant for a fast meal either. Be ready to be there for a longer meal. The food is worth it, just wish the service was faster.

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London, United Kingdom
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“GREAT SERVICE AT UMAMI”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I helped organize a graduation celebration for two of my close friends at Umami. It was a party for about 50 people. The service was great and the supervisor Naveen who I liaised with was excellent in helping us with anything that we needed prior to the day and on the day. The food was good. However, if you are planning a celebration I would advice that you go to the restaurant beforehand and try out the food to ensure that it is suitable for all you guest. The team at the restaurant is great! Overall, the service was excellent.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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