Nestled on Bruton Place, serving Michelin-starred Japanese cuisine, Umu prides itself on the provenance and integrity of ingredients, which are used to create innovative Kyoto influenced dishes. Executive Chef Yoshinori Ishii is involved in every aspect of the restaurant from flower arranging, to making the ceramic tableware. He maintains regular contact with Cornish and Scottish fishermen to whom he has taught the humane Japanese method ‘ike jime’ of fish preparation to preserve the quality of the fish. Each day Umu flies in fresh produce from Japan to ensure Yoshinori’s exacting standards.
Yoshinori Ishii brings over twenty years of cooking experience to the elegant dishes for which Umu is famed. As well as being a highly accomplished chef, he is also a skilled fisherman, potter, and calligrapher. Ishii has a rare eye for artful display as well as flavour, incorporating his expertise as not only a chef but also a skilled artist into each dish.