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“Not your average tapas place!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Salmorejeria Umami - CLOSED

Salmorejeria Umami
Price range: $11 - $16
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Cocina Tradicional con un toque Moderno.
London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Not your average tapas place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2013

Absolutely delicious and experimental food, a setting that is more funky than your usual Spanish style tapas places in Andalucía, and cool music playing. Not romantic possibly, but a nice change to the usual tourist experience. The menu was varied, and the variations of the Salmorejo, a cold tomato soup similar to Gazpacho (but more tasty, imho), were delightful. So was the grilled pork we had, which came with an apple and pineapple sauce. I only wish we had had more time to sample the taster menu!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Madrid, Spain
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200 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
“Top notch... unmissable if you visit Cordoba!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2012

Possibly following the steps first taken by El Choco restaurant, La Salmorejeria is an original place centered around a local speciality dish, the "salmorejo".

Essentially, a rich cold tomato puree which is delicious in its basic original recipe, the versions and variations are endless in this restaurant. The chef mixes the traditional recipe with everything from the most safe to the most outrageous combinations.

We tried half a dozen options: Thai (sublime!!!), pop corn, avocado and smoked salmon, caviar and white tomato, "mazamorra" (a local variant of the original recipe with serrano ham), with green tea powder... your imagination is the limit!!

All of them were tasty, exquisitely delivered to the table and fun to have. A "media ración" (half serving portion) is more than enough to try many different dishes and the prices (around 4 euros) is excellent value for money.

Service is very good, with abundant information and suggestions if you are undecisive about what to choose amongst 40+ variants: sweet, spicy, classic, sophisticated... we were offered a complimentary drink as staff were finishing the shift just before shutting down for Christmas.

Deco is airy and fresh and the "umami" concept (a Japanese word for the 5th flavour) goes very well with the philosophy of the restaurant.

Price? Excellent value for money. You will struggle to go beyond 3-4 salmorejos anyway (it is a rich and dense) so you can be satisfied for a few euros. And the quality is very high so money is well spent. I have travelled the world and can differentiate an expensive restaurant from one which is value for money. This one definitely is...

Cordoba is taking silent but firm steps into travellers´ heaven. World-class sights and monuments, good weather, UNESCO world heritage status, nice people and now exquisite examples of the best cuisine ever to be found....

Get yourself lost in the miryad of narrow streets, smell the orange flower, walk around at night and enjoy popping in and out of its excellent "tabernas" (tradtional taverns) trying sublime tapas, you will be hypnotised by Cordoba

And if you want to try something different and original, try a new twist in La Salmorejeria, I salute to this new addition in town!!

PD: We were so full we could not go for dessert but had a couple of sweet salmorejos... dark chocolate with gold powder (yes, gold) and white chocolate with strawberries salmorejo... oh, dear god!! :)

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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singapore
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Excellent place for salmorejo and tapas”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2012 via mobile

We chanced upon this place and would highly recommend it. It offers a variety of Salmorejo for the adventurous. Tapas we had were just excellent. And service was great ! Highly recommend it.

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Columbia, South Carolina
2 reviews
“interesting and good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2012

Saw this restaurant ranked well while researching Cordoba, so when we stumbled across it wandering into the Jewish quarter, I was thrilled. The staff invited us in warmly, even though it was at the end of the Spanish lunch time (3:45 or so). Then once we were seated, the waiter rushed us to order, as the kitchen closed at 4. We were not familiar with these regional "cremes" served here and there tons of options. Finally the waiter chose two for us and we chose our main mealls with his help as well. The eggplant and honey was strange to me, but very well done if you can imagine yourself liking that sort of thing. The mushroom ravioli was one of the best things I've eaten in Spain. Creative and delicious. The palenquin was also delicious and presented beautifully. Lunch for 3 (with water & a coke) wwas just under 30 euro, so reasonably priced. I appreciate the out-of- the-box cooking of this restaurant, especially when what you typically find at every other cafe/bar are the same old tapas. Will recommend!:-(

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ksolyluna
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Ojai, California
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34 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Intriguing Concept”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2012

Salmorejeria Umami is a concept restaurant, taking the traditional salmoreja (cold soup with tomato, bread, olive oil, garlic and salt) and infusing other non-traditional flavors such as beets, avocados, harissa, wasabi and much more.

We were the first table to arrive at 20:30h, and by the time we left there were a total of eight tables, all couples, and we were the oldest or maybe second oldest, us being in our early 40's! Service was very nice, there were English menus available, and an extensive wine list on chalkboards. I had one glass of house red which was an awfully short pour, and so I passed on additional glasses.

We tried three medium (M or L choice) salmorejas. One with beet root, aged cheese and pine nuts. A Thai concept with diced prawns. And a Turkish version with harissa and chicken kabob. All were quite tasty and fresh, with the accompanying bread and olive oil, but none had the punch I was expecting. The umami (fifth flavor in Japanese cuisine) was very subtle, and I expected bolder flavors. We did really enjoy the freshness of the salmorejas - you can taste the cool, fresh vegetables similar to a gaspacho (which is also widely available in Andalusia). Clearly, there is a lot of care taken in the food ingredients and preparation.

We then had a ravioli dish with wild mushrooms. They weren't kidding - it was one good sized ravioli. The mushrooms were delicious, and it was floated in a parmesan cream foam, which soaked up with bread really nice.

For dessert, we had "The Truffle" which they say is a big, famous deal, and it's unusual combination of ingredients worked. It was white chocolate with hints of lemon and mint in a whipped cream ocean on a crumbly chocolate crust. We also had a dark chocolate salmoreja, which was dark chocolate with the traditional ingredients - tomato, bread, olive oil, garlic salt. Yeah, kinda weird, but interesting. Glad we got just a tapas size.

All in, it was reasonable, €31 for one glass of wine, three salmorejas, the ravioli, a full dessert and a tapas dessert. I came away feeling full, and enjoying the experience, but also, thought, OK, been there, done that. Off to Regadera tonight.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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