Monday, December 9, 2019

Omakase: Umami Cambridge

I recently had the honor of dining at a new Omakase & sake bar in Cambridge, MA called Umami under the direction of chef Gary Lei. The restaurant is still fairly new opening just in October 2019 and currently only serves dinner. Omakase is a very personal experience where the sushi chef decides what you will have and can be a bit difficult to cater to everyone's desires because everyone has such different preferences in food and fish. I highly recommend making an appointment for currently omakase times that are only served at 6pm and 8pm daily which will also ensure you receive the best experience possible.  

During our visit, we opted for the Umami Omakase which is the highest tier priced roughly at $138/per person and was 18 courses. They do offer two other tiers which are: Value with 12 courses ranging $68/pp and experience with 15 courses ranging $98/pp. Though the price of the Umami 18 course option may not seem appealing to many, I assure you that you will receive far more than what you pay for. There is no drop in quality and everything was above expectations and left us wanting more.

The Umami included an appetizer, soup, assorted sashimi, Japanese wagyu A5, foie gras, langoustine, caviar, truffle, assorted sushi, seafood egg custard, handroll, and of course an umami dessert. All photos of each course are displayed in the exact order we received them. Nothing was rushed and there was just the right amount of time in between each dish for us to enjoy a personable experience while enjoying our sake. 

I tried Omakase in the past and had a lovely experience but what really sets Umami apart from its many competitors is their versatile dishes. Many omakase places tend to sear their dishes or repeat certain fishes and dishes a bit. Each and every dish at Umami is unique in its own way and with Chief Gary's extensive knowledge and training he is able to create and share such unique flavors that will leave you wanting more. 

Overall I have nothing but positive things to say about this experience. My boyfriend and I have already planned our next trip to visit and dine again. Everything was incredibly fresh, memorable, and creative and we appreciate the experience and the Chief. I am very excited to return and try new flavors Chief Gary has to offer!


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