While staying at the Dusit Thani Manila Hotel I had a chance to try some of their food and beverage outlets. You can read more about the hotel experience in this separate article. My favorite outlet that I got to try was UMU, their authentic Japanese restaurant. From the moment I walked in, I was treated with great service, a sign of things to come.
The interior of UMU really had a great Japanese touch. There were multiple gardens which guests can see from a variety of dining rooms. UMU also had several private dining rooms, which is where I enjoyed my dinner from.
I was welcomed with a lovely pumpkin tofu with wasabi, a perfect way to start the meal. I also ordered a virgin Bloody Mary, which is one of my old standbys. To get the meal started, I ordered both the fatty and regular salmon sashimi. I was quite impressed with the quality of the fish. Delicious!
Next up, after my stomach was thoroughly warmed up, I ordered 200g of their Kobe beef. This was one of the most expensive items on the menu, and it was worth it! I left the sauces on the side and made a pile of salt to dip it in, I was in heaven! For being outside of Japan, it was quite good!
Up next was the mixed tempura which included shrimp, lapu lapu, asparagus, sweet potato, and eggplant. It was all fantastic!
In keeping with Japanese customs, I ordered miso soup and their seafood fried rice to wrap up the meal.
Finally, for dessert I ordered their matcha ice cream and their black sesame ice cream. Both were incredibly delicious, but if I had to choose a favorite, it would be the black sesame. A must try!
UMU Restaurant at the Dusit Thani Manila Hotel does a great job with its Japanese cuisine. I was overall quite impressed with the service, food, drink, and atmosphere. If you’re looking for some quality Japanese food in Manila, look no further than UMU!
Ayala Centre, 1223 Makati City Metro Manila, Philippines
Phone: +63 2 867 3333