Last Friday, in Manila living a Travelife, we were trying to decide where to have dinner. Finally, we narrowed down the choices to Thai food, steaks and Japanese food. “Let’s go to UMU at the Dusit Thani Manila,” my friend said, and this is how we ended up at UMU for good Japanese food.
UMU is a wonderful place for dinner as it’s spacious and relaxing. Most Japanese restaurants in Manila are cramped and plain, but the atmosphere at UMU is really conducive for a nice evening.
GOOD JAPANESE FOOD AT UMU
I like inviting my ambassador friends here for a meal because we can eat good Japanese food and it offers a lot of privacy. Everyone I’ve brought here ends up liking this restaurant very much.
Last Friday, we thought we’d have a preliminary Christmas dinner. We ordered salmon sashimi and mackerel sashimi to start, along with a plate of fresh uni. Then we also ordered a unique sushi called the “Philippine maki.” This Philippine maki has mango, crab meat, and fish roe on top.
SASHIMI AT UMU AT THE DUSIT THANI
The sashimi at UMU is very fresh. The chef here used to work at the residence of the Ambassador of Japan. Before that, he was working at a very famous restaurant in Tokyo.
For a second course, we ordered the gindara saikyo yaki. This is grilled fish which has been marinated in miso. It’s very good and this restaurant does this especially well.
OYSTERS AND WAGYU TEPPANYAKI
Feeling very much in a holiday spirit, we decided to go for teppanyaki for our main course. This involved switching tables. We had a quiet corner table for our first courses, and then we walked over to the teppanyaki counter for our main course.
I love oysters and I order this whenever I see it on the menu. At this restaurant, the oysters teppanyaki came sautéed in garlic butter. These were delicious.
TOP QUALITY WAGYU
Then we ordered wagyu and garlic rice to follow. The meat was very tender and tasty. We could compare the quality of the meat since we’d recently had wagyu in another country as well, and the quality of the meat here was excellent. The beef was tasty and tender, sautéed on the teppanyaki grill with garlic butter.
Both of us were avoiding carbs, especially as it’s the holiday season. But this dinner was one time we just could not resist enjoying wagyu with garlic fried rice.
FRUITS FOR DESSERT
To end, we had a plate of delicious fresh fruits. The chef sliced and prepared watermelon, mango and cantaloupe. Then he arranged these on a platter so that these looked like works of art. We enjoyed our fruits with a pot of green tea and some nice conversation long into the night, living a Travelife.