Rob Food, Reviews

During a recent visit over to Manchester on the Village Weekend/Bear Bash events, I was introduced to a small independent Japanese restaurant that was so good I need to share it with you.

A number of people had recommended Umami on Oxford Road, so we decided to go find it for an early dinner and break away from the events in the Canal Street area, and boy am I glad we did!

It’s down next to the universities, so as you’d imagine for a restaurant in this area the prices are really reasonable. When searching for Umami you could be forgiven for walking past a few times, as it’s a very unassuming entry down to a basement dining room tucked away between a couple of pizza takeaway shops – don’t be fooled into thinking you’re entering a greasy old café, as what you’ll find downstairs is a very clean and modern layout.

You’ll be stuck for choice once they provide you with the menus, as they’ve a massive range of dishes from noodles, rice & sushi to a full range of curries. Be prepared to face a big challenge here, as you ponder exactly what you’re going to order!

We shared a very tasty spiced tofu and a serving of chicken satay for starters. Now many shy away from tofu as an option due to the taste (or possible lack of), but this dish was packed full of seasoning and taste so it’s worth giving a try.

Our mains were a spicy green chicken curry and a chicken katsu curry, both of which I’d recommend. I have to add here that our dining company ordered a chicken rice dish and a pad thai, which I also sampled and was just as good as my own meal.

We had a bottle of lager with our meal, and the bill only totalled around £50 between the 4 of us.

4.5 stars out of 5 from me, so worth the short walk out from the city centre to give it a visit.

Check them out by visiting their website.