We have for the past couple of years stayed in this part of London in January and have eaten out in a few of the local restaurants. Thai food being a favourite of mine and my wifes we saw the advert for Umami in the lift at Glouscester Road tube station and decided to give it ago. We booked a table being Friday night but it was not necessary as there were plenty of tables available. Having visited many oriental restuarants on our first visit we also try the set menu as normally very good value and tends to show case the best dishes. There were two set menus and we plumped for the more expensive which was the "Asian Journey". Seemed a bit expensive at £37 per head but this is London. The waiter was very attentive and was spot on with his wine recommendation which at £25 a bottle was very well priced. The starter included Lychees stuffed with chicken in batter on a scallop "amazing", spiced chicken and Gado Gado (indonesian salad in peanut sauce) my wife particulary enjoyed this. The main course included Sea bass in soy sauce (to die for), an amazing Prawns in coconut and lamb curry. All dishes were really excellent with just the right amount of heat where necessary. The only downside was the dessert which was sticky rice with Mango. The Mango was delicious but the sticky rice was not for us however the portion sizes were ample and we did not really need the dessert any way. The restaurant has only been open for four and half months and I think that the reviewer who only gave this one star must have hit a day when the teething problems of a new restaurant gave a false impression. In fact we enjoyed the food so much we went back the next night. You cannot beat that for a recommendation. A tip if you would like the Chicken Satay as a starter to share with other starters do not order the "sharing portion" unless you have very big appetites. The staff were brilliant as well. Just to sum up my wife and I loved it!
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