Umai-Ya Japanese Restaurant @ Damansara Uptown

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    The occasional craving for Japanese Food struck. Umai-ya seems like the right place because we aren’t looking to spend that much or venture out of the neighborhood.


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    Situated next to Izzi, Umai-ya is occupying two floors and has a casual, subdued feel to it. The restaurant uses the “tatami” style seating where you’re sitting on an elevated dining room sunken well for your feet.

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    The buffet menu is available on Saturday/Sunday from 11.30 am to 2.30 pm where it is priced at RM 45++ per head.

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    Since it is a quiet Monday, we go for the bento set to enjoy 15% discount (15% off for all bento set on Monday, Wednesday and Friday). CK ordered the fried rice set with fried kushiyaki while I opted for the grilled mackerel set.

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    Every bento set is pretty standard, it comes with a very refreshing vege salad, smooth and silky chawanmushi, a bowl of miso soup and a small fruit platter.

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    Slowly grilled to perfection, the skin blistering and slightly charred salted mackerel is so juicy! I finish every bit of the flesh until nothing is left attached to the fish bone. A squeeze of lemon give it a slightly sourish taste and reduce the oiliness of the grilled mackerel.

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    The fried rice, according to my friend, is flavourful and aromatic. However, it would be better if the rice is served soft and fluffy instead of wet and clumpy.

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    Kushiyaki is actually breaded seafood or poultry in a skewer. With generous portions of filling piled into the skewer, CK is having a hard time to finish it off.
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    Umai-yaโ€™s bento set and buffet definitely fits the bill as well as being easy on the pocket but the ala-carte item is price at the higher side. The staff is very helpful but unobtrusive by refraining me from taking pictures. (GRRRR). I feel that the food falls in line with the Japanese cuisine style, but nothing is a specialty on its own.

    Umai-Ya
    49G, Jalan SS21/37,
    Damansara Utama, Uptown.
    Tel: 03-77264410

    G-3A, The Place, Jalan PJU 8/5D
    Bandar Damansara Perdana
    Petaling Jaya
    Tel: 03-77290015

    28 Comments

    • Lyrical Lemongrass says:

      Hmmm. I’m surprised that they didn’t like you taking pictures. I thought Umai-Ya welcomed publicity.

    • Xiu Long Bao says:

      Har? Was quite determined to go till u said they stopped u from taking pix, no fun already lar…

    • ~Christine~Leng says:

      most outlets nowadays just dislike us taking pictures… being afraid that we’ll ‘copy’ them somehow! issh.. i don’t feel comfortable too ๐Ÿ™
      A buffet on weekends for RM45++? Affordable! wonder if they taste good as well… hmmmm

    • mama bok says:

      That’s too bad.. about the photo taking..! donch you just hate it..! when they do that..?? *hmmmpphh.!*

    • rokh says:

      mmmm….seems like a good place for a jap fix. what is the price range of the sets?

    • ekeng says:

      this must be a new Japanese Restaurant at Uptown,cos i never notice this Jap restaurant before.

    • ai wei says:

      no picture taking?! that’s quite annoying. but u manage to took down all *wink*
      the buffet priced reasonably.

    • jasmine says:

      you did manage to take a lot of photos tho ๐Ÿ™‚ good job!

      thought the chawanmushi looked a little dry…

    • MeiyeN says:

      O_o they stopped you taking pics? ๐Ÿ™ quite like da food at umai-ya though.. i mean da one at damansara perdana. i heard da food at uptown here so-so only…

    • KampungboyCitygal says:

      lemongrass: im not sure, whether its their policy or that particular waitress is being bossy?

      xlb: maybe u can try the damansara perdana outlet ๐Ÿ™‚

      christine: yeah we are not spy or anything but giving them free publicity..yeah not sure about the quality of food

      mamabok: yeah was irritated >< rokh: it ranges from rm 22 to rm 30++ ekeng: hmm they are quite new, just beside Izzi aiwei: hehehe..yeah keep snapping when they are not looking jasmine: hahaha yeah i just have to take the pics..not reli dry though meiyen: uptown outlet is not too bad too, quite decent

    • jason says:

      Ah.. I hate it when people ask me to stop taking pictures. >:(

    • voon keong says:

      woah, no picture taking? If so they should’ve put a no camera sign at the entrance. Too bad you were stopped, the food looks great o_o

    • smiley_kiat says:

      i went for the buffet with my friends last weekend. food was great, but better don’t order any shushi before you finished all other dishes, heehee. the shushi is kinda normal and there are a lot of special dishes. there are 2 kind of hotpot kinda like steamboat included too!!

      i don’t really like one of the waiter as well. the 1st time we were ordering he already say we could not finish it. then when we want to order more, he non stop telling us ” i’m pretty sure you all cannot finish it”
      buffet mar, sure wanna eat as much as possible, cannot finish mar sit longer try to finish lo. we cannot finish mar charge us la. they already stated that can’t finish 500grm will charge, they have the right to charge and i will just obey the rules if we really cannot finish, everytime come take order also saying the same thing, sienzz!! >.< damansara perdana has another outlet? i went to the uptown outlet. for me, i prefer umai-ya compare with shogun and jogoya ๐Ÿ™‚

    • KampungboyCitygal says:

      jason: yeah being treated like spy

      vkeong: hah but i still manage to snap all

      smiley kiat: whoa the buffet sounds good wo, the steamboat thing is sukiyaki? yeah something must be done to their training staff, to be more courteous to customer..hahaha..yeah usually i would go to the uptown uplet..:)

    • kit says:

      funny though…first they don’t allow you to take food pictures, now they referred to your post here on their website under “Blogger Links” section. LOL

      check it out here
      http://www.umai-ya.com/linksfeedback.php

    • Chris says:

      Isn’t it interesting how you are on their blogger links but they stop you from taking photos? =p

    • casey says:

      If u guys want to go umai-ya don’t order the promotion set especially the rm150.00++ dinner set for 4pax coz it really not worthy and u will regret at the end.

    • amy young says:

      saw the blog above.. its all 2007.
      how about year 2009?
      is it worth going? better than Rakuzen & Tenji?

    • amy young says:

      something wrong with the year and dates?

    • Waited says:

      worst service i’ve ever seen.. this place is not worth going at all…i felt as if i was robbed…imagine, more than 10 ppl and they served us a little bit of food almost every half an hour…we had to wait…wait…and wait….we waited until we didnt really feel like eating anymore…

      order 17sushi rolls, only 8 came and others, never came…

      a few more dishes that we ordered, never came…

      the lady in black shirt, which i assumed was the manager, has the worst attitude ever….i mean, she even came to tell us, “last order” while so much more of our food not being served yet…

      the reason why we felt so cheated was because, it was as if they wanted to serve slowly so that they could earn more from us…(this is just what we felt)

      the thing started at 11.30 and we were there…we left after they said LAST ORDER and we left, feeling that stomach not being filled up at all…no one was feeling full….we barely ate anything…

      this is my sincere feedback…..i really think it’s not value for money and i will never go back there anymore…

      • Hi, I’m sorry to hear about your bad experience. Actually we did experience that from our revisits, 2 out of 5 of our mains never come and we talked to the lady manager. Apparently, they forgot about our order and we were so pissed off that we went somewhere else to continue our dinner. I hope that the restaurant will take note of this manpower/staff issue during peak dining time.

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    • sue says:

      halal or non halal…

    • Nicoleltt says:

      hey, just to let you know the number given is wrong, it linked to Umai yu.

    • Alice says:

      Wow! Looks really delicious. ^_^
      Let’s all try Karaage Japan, their karaage is delicious… Great Deal @ Karaage!

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