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.
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.
On the a la carte menu, sushi costs between £ 3.40 and £ 10 or £ 21 to £ 63 for a platter.
There are several restaurants in Manchester that aim to offer authentic 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.