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Review of Umami Restaurant

Umami Restaurant
Ranked #23 of 1,472 Restaurants in Strasbourg
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $58 - $87
Cuisines: Fusion
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Petite France Centre
Toronto, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
188 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed July 27, 2013

Booked this for my special birthday meal while we were on holiday. Make sure you confirm your booking on the day or day before. The restaurant is located in the historic heart of the city in a lovely little pedestrian street. It's a tiny place and has fewer than 20 covers. Its not a complicated or overlong menu and it was nice to just relax, sit back and order the six courses with matching wines.

After the obligatory champagne for my birthday we had an amuse of pea veloute with mint coriander and some white fish on top - lovely and refreshing. Next came three fish courses - first a sea bream tartare with pickled cucumber, which I loved. Then tuna with a cabbage and carrot slaw that was in a wasabi cream - the hint of wasabi was delicate and not at all overpowering and worked excellently. To finish the fish courses John Dorey was served with very fined diced cauliflower, broad beans and a sweet and sour chilli sauce - again a perfect balance of ingredients.

Meat course was pork that was served with a broccoli puree and tiny carrots, while it was good it was my least favourite course. The cheese course was just two different cheeses but served in good quantities - a comte and a very soft goats cheese that had been worked on - both were lovely and it came with cooked cherries - a gorgeous and unusual presentation that I really enjoyed.

Pudding was raspberry sorbet with redcurrants and redcurrant jelly with a coconut milk - again delicious and very refreshing. We finished with coffees and a little rhubarb panna cotta with ginger Chantilly.

The standard of the cooking was excellent. Service is done by the chefs wife alone and so while it was very efficient and professional she understandably doesn't have time to chat - I didn't mind this at all but I notice that others have interpreted this as a lack of warmth.

The Japanese influences on the cooking were very well done, subtle but definitely there and it does make this place stand out from many other Michelin restaurants. I can't recommend highly enough and would love to return.

Two days later we ate at Le Gavroche, which had newly acquired a Michelin star - the two places were very different and the contrasts were interesting - both were excellent though.

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank TimManchester
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Level 6 Contributor
106 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed July 21, 2013

Just had lunch at Umami. Sunday !
When in Strasbourg , don't miss Umami, but be careful, they are only open for lunch on Saturday and Sunday and for dinner, only on Monday, Tuesday,Friday and Saturday....
After all, they too are entitled to enjoy life...
In the beautiful peite France sector of Strasbourg, in the middle of the hundreds of tourist restaurants, some good, most bad and crowded, find peace and air conditioning at Umami. The decor is perfect, very elegant, no faute de gout. Only 17 seats. The only person you will see, takes your reservation and takes care of the service. All is efficient and courteous.
Now, for comments on TripAdvisor, you will frequently read that the choice is limited between two appetizers, two entrees and two deserts. So what ? Check their site or the menu at the entrance and will will know if those only choices suit you or not. No a la carte , but a combination of menus ( appetizer plus entree or entree and desert, or appetizer, entree and desert, or a five or six course menu ) . Everything we had was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented, with very smart wine pairing ( and enjoy the whole of France, Pessac Leognan and Chablis and not Alsacian wines only ! ). The price is very reasonable. Excellent lunch for two with wine, water, and a superb expresso restretto which you will rarely find in France.

  • Visited July 2013
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2 Thank JJGRome
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London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Excellent lunch in Strasbourg!! Highly recommended!”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

This tiny restaurant, with only seven tables serves unique and surprising dishes that is different from all the other restaurants in Strasbourg. Three of us from Germany enjoyed a beautiful meal in Umami when we drove to Strasbourg for the weekend. If you want to go, you must reserve a table. If you love small, intimate restaurants rather than big, tourist dining halls, you will enjoy this place.

The three of us started off with glasses of Champagne, which we enjoyed with the amuse buche: Spargel with lemongrass. Although none of us are Spargel fans (yes, that is sacrilege living in Germany and not loving Spargel), all of us were surprised and pleased with the amuse buche. The lemongrass lit the Spargel up without overpowering it; it was divine. Foie gras with strawberry chutney, chicken breast with kohlrabi, rhubarb and strawberry chutney, chocolate fondant with lemongrass lime, etc. My mouth is watering just remembering all the interesting flavors.

The service was personal and attentive. I attempted my limited high school French with our server and she was gracious and kind. When I realized that she spoke a little bit of German, we spoke German and when she heard us speaking English, she spoke English to us. French, German, and English worked all together so that we could communicate well. It isn't true when travelers say that the French do not speak anything but French. At Umami, their service in French, German and English was excellent and appreciated no matter what language we spoke.

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank 2travelandeat
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam), India
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Rene is a genius.”
Reviewed October 31, 2012

We went to Umami on our first night in Strasbourg and loved it. We found the food creative and a lovely fusion of French gourmet and Asian. We were particularly impressed by the shrimp ravioli in a delicate black bean sauce - a refined take on the classic Dim Sum dish. Also impressive was the mushroom dish....a real vegetarian treat. We were served by a beautiful blonde waitress with a charming warmth and lovely English and even met the chef- the genius Rene - who trained in Canada, among other places.

We have eaten at all the Michelen star restaurants in Strasbourg, and Umami, along with Au Crocodile and Buerehiesel take our top three favourite billings. Bravo!

1 Thank NannaCar
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Northern California
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Wonderful Food and Good Value”
Reviewed July 18, 2012

We celebrated our last night in Europe with dinner at Umami. We thought the food was excellent; the light Japanese touch was the perfect counter-balance to the hearty Alsatian cuisine. In addition, the restaurant was cosy (love the Alaskan Native American prints on the walls) and the service was efficient (though not particularly warm). Best of all, the bill was easy on our wallet, given that it's a Michelin-starred restaurant. We really liked the small menu ( 2 choices for each course) as it eliminated the agony of having to choose :-) Would definitely recommend this lovely place to family and friends!

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank MTTL
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