Umezushi is the king of Manchester’s Japanese restaurants. After a year of living in Japan and growing to love its focus on sparing but high-quality, well-prepared food, I’ve tried and mostly failed to find anything close at home.
Not that I want to obsessively recreate a Japanese restaurant, which would miss the point completely. But sometimes it’s a real joy to revisit a great experience and Umezushi for me is the closest thing to authentic and consistent Japanese food in the north-west.
Like all the best places, Umezushi is modest and its minimalist, wooden-benched interior keeps the focus on the food. If you’ve never tried sake, Umezushi is ideal for a first-timer, its detailed and extensive menu explaining different production processes.
There are several restaurants in Manchester that offer authentic, wallet-friendly Japanese food. Umezushi however is a step up from its competitors, making an extra effort to deliver exceptional dishes with a higher level of care and knowledge.
The specials board is useful for trying something different and includes hard-to-source, quality ingredients such as regional wagyu beef, fresh octopus and fish native to the waters around Japan.
It is also flexible on pricing, with bottles of Japanese craft beer ranging from £ 4.80 to £ 6.50.
Sushi costs between £ 3.80 and £ 8.70 and the express lunch menu from Tuesday to Friday between 12:00 and 14:00 features rice, sashimi and salad dishes from £ 5.50.