Sushi in Sheung Wan: UMI (Japanese for “ocean”) is a sushi bar that seats only 10 at a time. The venue is a quiet little oasis away from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood Road.
Look & Feel: UMI’s minimalist interior is modeled after Tokyo’s finest omakase sushi bars. It boasts a 7-meter-long counter made out of a single piece of Hinoki wood and a showpiece painting by none other than renowned artist Yayoi Kusama.
Meet the Chef: Tokyo-born master sushi artist Yukio Kimijima runs the show at UMI. Raised in a four-generation family of sushi chefs, chef Kimijima started his culinary career at just 16, and has been dedicated to his craft for five consecutive decades.
On the Menu: Fresh fish, traditional Edomae-sushi-style, straight from Japan. Put your trust in chef Kimijima and go for the omakase menu ($1,588). The natural flavors of the fish are paired with bold yet carefully selected garnishes and sauces. Expect combinations like halibut with sudachi (Japanese citrus) juice and freshly grated Himalayan salt.
Great For: sushi connoisseurs, treating yourself, impressing a date.
FYI: UMI is part of Le Comptoir Group, which recently opened Japanese-Brazilian fusion restaurant DJAPA in Wan Chai.
This writeup is a news piece and was not based on a restaurant visit. The Loop will update this post once we’ve visited in person.