Umami is a highly awarded Japanese-french fusion restaurant in Copenhagen, Denmark. The restaurant claims to mix Japanese cuisine with a nordic touch and provides a modern setting with a cocktail bar, sushi counter and dining area to upscale clientele.
The restaurant offers both an a la carte sushi menu as well as an omakase style menu, incorporating regional products such as lumpfish, mackerel or turbot. The restaurant’s sushi chef Pepi Anevski was named Chef of the Year at Japan’s first World Sushi Cup in 2013.
“In March 2013 our head sushi chef Pepi Anevski travelled to the sushi world championships in Japan doing exactly the same as he does everyday at Umami: creating simplistic and beautiful sushi full of taste and vision. We were honored by his success and are still unbelievably proud that he brought home the title to Denmark and Umami for the first time ever.”
Source: Umami Sushi Menu
I went there for a quick dinner just before heading out to one of Copenhagen’s hidden cocktail bars and opted for a sashimi plate. It came with chu toro (medium fatty tuna), maguro (tuna), hamachi (yellowtail) and pike-perch. The pike-perch was amazing and truly a dish to be remembered. Unfortunately, the tuna did not convince me at all, making my visit an overall disappointing experience.
Sushi Guide Verdict
Umami provides a very modern but cool atmosphere and highly focusses on the cocktail bar as the main eye catcher of the restaurant. There are decent sushi menu options available with consideration for regional products. The food quality was generally good but fell behind expectations. Especially the tuna options were rather bland. The drink menu is quite good and focusses more on cocktails rather than sake and beer. The service team was very polite and forthcoming and made the visit an enjoyable stay.
Review date: March 20, 2014