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.
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.
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.
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.
Umai-ya’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.
49G, Jalan SS21/37,
Damansara Utama, Uptown.
G-3A, The Place, Jalan PJU 8/5D
Bandar Damansara Perdana