A Symphony Of Style And Savor At Umu

Dusit Thani Hotel's Japanese restaurant was a beautiful backdrop for an intimate family gathering.

It was a fitting homecoming for someone who just traveled for 29-hours from halfway across this planet. Umu, Dusit Thani Hotel’s Japanese restaurant, was a beautiful backdrop for an intimate family gathering.

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Sitting on a bed of crushed ice, the Goshyumori (P1,190) made for a symphony of five kinds of sashimi: shaké (salmon) , uni (sea urchin), maguro (tuna), lapu-lapu and hamachi (yellow tail). Each kind contained five hefty slices. All are very artfully and individually served in traditional miniature cargo-looking boxes called masu. Scooping a dollop of wasabi onto my soy sauce dish, I watched the pale green paste dissolve on its own very quickly.

Right then and there, I knew that our dinner was off to a good start.


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Then a little 8 year-old sitting to my right asked me to cut her large and fat Ebi Tempura (P825, 6 pieces) into bite-size pieces which she managed to eat on her own with chopsticks.

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It was one sizeable, spicy and tasty dish which was flavorful all the way to the core. For a spectacular kick, the evening’s host suggested that I dunk my chopstick in that reddish ball of chili mayonnaise served on the corner of the plate and dab it on a slice of roll. I followed his advise, and I’m glad I did.

A bundle of fresh inoki mushrooms wrapped in home-made bacon, Butabara Inoki Maki (P250, 2 sticks) made for a mouth-watering dish. I’ve ordered this before. The difference, though, is that previous places did not come remotely close to the flavor, value and portions of Umu.

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The evening was a fabulous harmony of excellent Japanese fare, remarkable interiors, privacy (our server sheepishly shut our screen doors as we were creating quite the happy ruckus), easy laughter and warm camaraderie, as we capped it with a tokkuri (traditional ceramic bottle) each of warm Sake (P380-782 a jar).

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