Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Umaku - A Dash of Authentic Japanese Cuisine

An unpretentious foodplace serving Japanese menu with toned down 'contamination' from what's trending in the market. Chef having two way convo with patrons as he shows his skillful craft slicing the sashimi. Decor made to resemble, but not trying to hard to impress.

Umake are getting there. It's slowly turning into one of my go-to place, if it's not because of the miles I have to travel to reach it.

Whilst many are splashing in spicy mayonnaise, cheese and the likes into their fusion sushi, I liked the fact that here the fusions are second on their menu list compared to the traditional nigirizushi. Which is part of the reason why on my many visits to my clients located in Cibubur, I always made an attempt to squeeze an hour or less to visit them. Here's a quick walkthrough of what I had on my last visit.

Wakame Salad, is one of my favorite menu in any Japanese resto. It is a must have, and I liked Umaku portion and taste. Its sad knowing that they were not in stock on that day. Which was still a big question mark for me. I came at around 12, which meant they just opened, and they ran out of it already? Not to mention, the long wait I have to endure waiting outside just to have someone greet me and take my orders. Wasn't my lucky day I suppose. Good thing I have my cameras in hand to kill the boredom. That was 20 minutes worth of photo taking that I can share with you Biters ;)

Here's what I started my lunch with. Salmon Sashimi. One of the freshest I've ever tasted. Plus the slices were seriously thick! Maybe Chef Uki sensed the air of disappointment I was having. Wise move, Chef! =p

Sake Sashimi (Salmon Sashimi) 39k

Then came on a streak, Inari Sushi, Tako Sushi, and Salmon Sushi. You can see that my aim of eating out in a Japanese resto is to taste the rawness of the fresh ingredients, the hand rolled shari, and the nose-attacking wasabi.  Not against Fusion, but there are different days for that, this is not one of them.

Inari Sushi

Tako Sushi

Salmon Sushi

I was once again amazed with the Inari's jumbo size. It made all the other Inari I've ever had before into tiny midget. I enjoyed the sweet salty mix of flavor between the rice, the fried tofu, and the veggies. Splendid. The Salmon Sushi on the other hand wasn't particularly special, I could barely taste the salmon. The Tako Sushi was as I expected, fresh, and added the crunchy texture I'm looking for to compliment the whole meal.

As the name suggested, Umaku (translated as skillfully) knows what they're doing and where they're going. It is for me one of the top alternatives of eating in malls which I get sick of more and more. Plus, price wise, Umaku is more affordable. And who knows the extra trip to Cibubur, might just win you a memorable quality time with family. If that's too far, Tebet and Duren Tiga is their new branches to check out.

Arigatou Gozaimasu 

Fellexandro Ruby
Food Conversationalist & Photographer


Umaku Cibubur
Citi Walk Blok CW 1 No.26
Citra Grand Cibubur
Phone: +62 21 84303732, +62 21 84303733

Umaku Tebet
Jl. Tebet Raya no.141, Jakarta Selatan
Telp 021 83709132
Twitter: http://twitter.com/umaku_tebet

Umaku Duren Tiga
Jl. Duren Tiga Raya no.32, Jakarta Selatan
Telp 021 79170337
Twitter: http://twitter.com/umaku_duren3

Umaku Alam Sutera
Ruko ASTC (Alam Sutera Town Center) Blok 10E No 9
Alam Sutera BSD, Tangerang
Twitter: http://twitter.com/umaku_alsut


  1. menu wajib gw kalo ke umaku: Sake Aburi sushi, Salmon Salad, sama Karai Ramen. Never fails!! :)

    1. Yes Mi! Seared salmonnya uda pernah icip, emang yummmyy, waktu itu dikasi compliment, hehehe, tp yg visit terakhir ini ga mesen. Karai Ramennya akan segera dicoba!

  2. setuju banget salmon sashimi disini emang ngonah pisan ya bruuu ! seakan-akan pas digigit keluar rasa gurih yang entah dari mana, dan lembut juga..

    fotonya brooo !!! selalu indah dan senantiasa menginspirasi :D

  3. Looks yummy, boleh sekali2 nyoba. Biasanya kalo nyusi cuman di sushi tei doang biasanya

    1. Kudu cobain nih, something diff from typical malls resto. Dan jgn lupa menu rekomendasi Ume di atas hehe


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