Harborne hit the jackpot when Umami opened its doors on Lordswood Rd. Inspired by Indian flavours, home-cooking and classy cocktails, this food joint is bringing a modern edge to this vibrant part of town.
Innovation is a key player in Umami’s menu. Head chef Mandeep Bajwa throws a creative eye at traditional curry dishes, utilising seasonal ingredients and fragrant spices to reinvent every step from the kitchen in Umami. The mains are testament to this vision with dishes like the rada gosht (lamb chunks and mince cooked in rustic onion and tomato masala) and chicken tikka lababdar (chicken tikka in kasoori methi flavoured creamy masala) highlighting a fresh take on the nation’s favourite eats. And to start, why not go for the mussels in half shell tossed in a Mangalorean sauce with bell peppers and homemade coconut masala, or (our personal favourite) prawns dressed in homemade spicy mango mayonnaise presented in a crispy basket? But if you don’t know what route to take, definitely talk to the team; their on point knowledge will help guide you in the right direction depending on your taste and flavour preferences.
Umami also have a revitalising vegan menu with a remarkable selection of dishes, including a rich kadai soya khada masala and hyderabadi baingan masala (aubergines cooked in coconut Masala with a hint of Imli).
Food aside, it’s no secret that the team at Umami know their way around cocktails. Taking their own approach to a line-up of classic drinks, you can expect to find their unique Bombay Dreams (honey and vanilla based liqueur, mixed with fresh lemon juice, pressed apples and vanilla infused sugar, charged with Champagne), a Lychee Martini, and The palm of umami (Premium Gin, Malibu, Passoa, pineapple juice) cocktails amongst old-school favourites like mojitos and a punchy Long Island Iced Tea.
This unrivalled dining experience might have been hiding in plain sight for too long. There’s no time to lose - make it your next visit.