umu is an elegant and serene place for a leisurely meal or meeting, low-key and quiet with nature visible through a wall of glass. Authentic music plays softly; service is swift. Appetisers follow within minutes of placing the order. April, the manager, is quick to offer options and make suggestions, and personally supervises the experienced staff.
Chef Fukata used to cook for the Japanese Embassy; its loss is manila's gain. His Pumpkin Tofu melts in your mouth and the shrimp, placed delicately in front, is so fresh it crunches. Fukata’s tempura is also perfect, without a trace of oil, and equals that of Hyatt's misono at its height. The sashimi and sushi are extremely fresh. The quality rivals the finest restaurants in Kyoto as everything is plated beautifully. The chef is flexible and substitutions of meat for fish on the Sakura Kaiseki set can be made on request. Every ingredient is meticulously prepared.