Critique: Mami Umami – What is On

Can Mami Umami fill the mod-Japanese hole left by its predecessor?

Mami Umami is a person of Dubai’s latest eating hotspots, positioned on the 23rd ground of the Renaissance Downtown Dubai Resort. It has replaced the substantially-liked Morimoto, which did a excellent occupation marrying western and Japanese food items traditions.

This brand name-new principle even now focuses on Japanese cuisine, but this time fusing Japanese with a modern-day Latin-American twist. Government chef Carlos Rodriguez is the brains behind this cautiously crafted menu.

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The cafe can be accessed by its very own elevator to the left of the resort entrance and, as opposed to Morimoto, occupies only the 23rd ground of the hotel. Selected features from Morimoto keep on being, these types of as the wood lanterns, dimmed lighting and earthy palette – and we observed a few nods to the former restaurant on the new menu as well.

To start off, we purchased the hen gyoza (Dhs30) off the very hot starters menu – the little parcels of dumplings were being stuffed with the excellent quantity of minced juicy hen and ended up not soggy even with getting served in shiso dressing.


We were tempted by the waitress to attempt the spicy tuna taquito (Dhs75) and we have been glad we succumbed. The mini-sized tacos held with each other very well and had been a delight to take in, loaded with small parts of spicy tuna, guacamole and onion that paired correctly with the chilli aioli and a drizzle of lime juice.

The rock shrimp (Dhs88) also impressed. The chunk-sized golden items of shrimp have been served with dynamite sauce on the aspect which was a fantastic shift, as it does go away a little bit of a tingle on the palate.

For mains, we made the decision to go for the incredibly hot fry rice, which arrives in a sizzling stone bowl, so be very careful when you get to out for a serving. The sticky rice is sweet and comes with either shrimp (Dhs135) or beef (Dhs185), but we requested for a vegetarian edition as we understood we experienced an in depth buy of maki on the way.

Off the sushi menu, we tried out the spicy tuna roll (Dhs52) and spicy salmon roll (Dhs40) – both of those came with a spicy sauce and avocado and tasted very very similar, but that didn’t quit us from wolfing it down.

We also purchased a shrimp tempura roll (Dhs44), which was an immediate strike at the table, and the comfortable-shell crab tempura roll (Dhs60), which experienced a tad also considerably tobiko (fish roe) for my liking.

For dessert, we zeroed in on the s’more (Dhs60), which contrasted the gentle and fluffy regularity of marshmallow with the crumbly texture of the graham crackers.

Nonetheless, the strike of the night time was the Tokyo tiramisu (Dhs60). The keto-design dessert contains a green tea tiramisu cake encased in a chocolate ball, which the waiter breaks with a spoon to expose the tasty goodness inside. Not all spoonfuls contained a slice of the scrumptious tiramisu sponge, but when we did control to capture one particular, it was like hitting the jackpot.

Though the views of Downtown Dubai did tempt us, we chose to dine indoors as it was a contact on the humid aspect, but immediately after paying a take a look at to the terrace after supper, we found ourselves generating programs to return after the climate cools down.

Mami Umami, Renaissance Downtown Lodge Dubai, Business enterprise Bay, Dubai. Tel: ()4 512 5555. @mamiumami_dubai 

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