Ever since Umi opened in Twickenham, I remember it went straight to number 2 on trip advisor then politely shoved The Crown out of the top spot, where it has stayed for several months. Restaurants come and go in Twickenham and I hope Umi will stay literally forever and ever!! Rightly so too.
Umi has to honestly be the best Japanese in London, even better than some famous Japanese/sushi restaurants such as Sushi Samba and Nobu!
Not only is the food divine, with generous portions for reasonable prices, fresh ingredients with a high food hygiene rating, the staff are also extremely lovely.
Bobby the manager is super friendly, he remembers faces and names, greets you and treats you well. He will always go the extra mile to make sure you enjoy your dining experience – often offering tasters of new cocktails or if your main is expected to take a little longer he will provide you with snacks to keep you going such as tempura prawns, miso soups or a selection of sushi rolls! The waitresses are also very polite and seem to remember us as well (we do go quite often)!
Sushi is definitely a forté of the restaurant, although the katsu curry is lush and the tempura seafood and soups are delicious; however our top favourites are the dragon roll (top of below picture) and crispy duck roll with hoisin sauce! Yum!
Definitely worth a visit, if in the area! However worth checking whether 82,000 visitors are expected (rugby game) when your visiting and book (or avoid) as the restaurants fill up in a flash!