Not the add water and microwave kind, but the thick, chewy noodle in a deep rich broth kind. If you’re unfamiliar—you’re missing out. Luckily, there’s Umai (730 S Clark).
Located in our backyard, Umai takes classic Japanese techniques and flavors and elevates them with modern presentation and flair.
If you’ve walked passed it and thought like me, “Oh look, a sushi place—I should try it sometime.” Then make that sometime today, but don’t go in and waste your time with ordering Edamame and a California Roll, instead venture outside of your Japanese comfort area and try these:
BENI IMO – Baked Hawaiian sweet potato (YUM!), asparagus, avocado, yamagobo, tomato, crunch, honey
GOOSEBUMPS – (Get the Half roll) Shrimp tempura, asparagus, cilantro, sriracha sauce topped w/seared calamari and miso sauce
SLOOPIN’ – Shrimp tempura, cucumber, avocado, cream cheese, scallion, spicy mayo wrapped w/crunchy topped w/eel sauce and wasabi mayo miso sauce
SPICY ROASTED GARLIC PORK RAMEN – Homemade spicy miso ground pork, seaweed, fish cake, boiled egg, Japanese leeks, praised pork belly, topped with garlic chips
SUKIYAKI (My personal favorite!) – Thinly sliced beef loin, watercress, soft bamboo, shirataki noodles, mushrooms, grilled tofu In a savory homemade sukiyaki sauce
Check out the menu here. And yes, they deliver!
Denise Yanez is a resident of Roosevelt Collection and a marketing professional by trade.
Photo Credit: Denise Yanez