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“Reliable Japanese in Töölö” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Umeshu

Umeshu
Pohjoinen Hesperiankatu 15, Helsinki, Finland (Taka-Töölö)
09 4543670
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Ranked #70 of 1,009 Restaurants in Helsinki
Cuisines: Japanese
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Dining options: Takeout
Neighborhood: Taka-Töölö
Helsinki, Finland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Reliable Japanese in Töölö”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Having eaten here about 100 times, I must say that the quality and freshness of the japanese food in Umeshu is always of high standard. Sushi sets are excellent value, but try also some of the izakaya style dishes. Their cold soba noodles dish with a poached egg on top is wonderful!
Very polite service and you can watch the cooks in action while you eat.
Warmly recommended!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • Japanese first
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“Outstanding!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014 via mobile

Excellent taste, excellent service, great great value! absolutely love it!

The Umeshu at Runeberginkatu serves best sushi outside Japan, at least my stay in Osaka, Tokyo and Kyoto.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Amsterdam
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58 reviews 58 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Good sushi but service needs improvement”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

The food is pretty good here, however the service is SLOW. Also the omakase menu is mostly unavailable, and also consists of too much food. Please take the cold, mealy sake off the menu, even if it is authentic, it is terrible!

Visited April 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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48 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Excellent dishes in a relaxed atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

This delightful Japanese restaurant has two locations a couple of hundred metres apart. We visited the Runeberginkatu location which is only open in the evenings. Both locations are very popular so booking is recommended, the staff speak perfect English. This is a great mix of Sushi bar and Izakaya (Japanese bistro)

We selected from many parts of the menu; the sashimi was fantastic, well cut excellent quality fish beautifully presented, the beef tataki cooked beautifully and presented with garlic, chilli and sauce, the edemame fresh and juicy. The star was the special of the day; yellowtail head, salt crusted, baked and served with a shiso sauce. The space is intimate and cosy, with a small number of tales. They do takeaway.

Although slightly out of the centre it is well worth a visit. Take the tram to Opera, then about 200m walk.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Helsinki, Finland
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42 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Ambitious with food, relaxed with atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

This is The Place that got me to like Japanese food. First with their ever so delicious sushi's, later with the rest of the Japanese kitchen I have always found not that tasty.

Here it is all different. They are rather ambitious with their food. Everything they bring to your table is astonishingly fresh. They have an unbelievable understanding of the most optimal temperatures of these fine, difficult dishes. The different structures of different ingredients are combined with great skill and together with their magical touch with spices they truly create fantastic food.

Despite this the atmosphere in this tiny restaurant is relaxed and no stress over proper dress-code is experienced. Some may feel the service is not in line with the quality of food here, this is not a place to be pampered in that sense. Still, they are friendly and professional with their responses to you.

As this place is really tiny and really popular, if you know you are going to stop by there do make a reservation. Due to their attitude towards the freshness and quality of their food, the preparations take time and in busy hours even getting something for take-away may take a couple of hours.

And those wondering whether this is a place for romance... Well, if your date appreciates most deluxe meals, this is definitely your place.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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