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UMAI Japanese Kitchen and Sushi delivers not only quality food but also a culture that is usually not seen behind closed doors. Their menu consists of all different types of Japanese food, from ramen to sushi and includes a great selection of vegetarian dishes.
Digging more into the backstory of UMAI Japanese Kitchen and Sushi, many would be surprised to know that the Executive Chef Mai Pongpeera is of Thai descent but happens to have a fascination and love for Japanese cuisine. The best dishes, and most popular, are the Beni Imo roll, which is made in a crunchy roll with Hawaiian sweet potatoes, miso, and honey. If you are looking for a fuller meal, their Japanese steak, served with ponzu dipping sauce, is a dish people come back for. If you are still hesitant whether or not to take UMAI for a spin, Urban Daddy recommends going during lunch to try their burger, called the Loco Moco, topped with an egg, and smothered with gravy and rice. If you happen to turn up for dinner, it's also recommended to try their leather banquette with either Ginger Cinnamon, a nice sauce made with pear nectar, rye, cinnamon syrup, and ginger beer, or a hot sake, which is a traditional Japanese alcoholic drink.
UMAI Japanese Kitchen and Sushi is open for lunch and dinner every day of the week but on Sundays, they only serve dinner.
You'll be working your way through the night with unfurling noodles, contemporary sushi bites, and a never-ending supply of hot sake. UMAI Japenese Kitchen and Sushi also delivers and has a second location located on Fullerton Avenue.