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  • 478 Bourke St,
    Surry Hills,
    Sydney, NSW
  • (02) 9380 7333,
  • Lunch Fri-Sat noon-2.30pm

    Dinner Tue-Thu 6pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 6pm-10.30pm


A light touch, sound technique and top-notch produce sparkle at tiny Ume, where the pared-back décor - white walls, dark wood and a plum-blossom mural - puts the focus squarely on food and service. Menu descriptions suggest a fussiness that doesn't translate to the plate, where beautifully presented dishes, designed to share, display pure, clean, highly umami flavours. Start with snapper carpaccio, perhaps, its barely there subtlety offset by shiso, white soy and tiny crunch-bombs of black sesame. More substantial dishes might include slow-cooked octopus with koji potato, or Riverina lamb shoulder with wasabi-pea sauce, yaki nori and pea shoots. In both cases, lengthy cooking produces fork-tender meat that's then char-grilled for a caramelised exterior and textural contrast. Service is prompt and pleasant, displaying strong knowledge of the menu and the small, carefully selected wine and sake list.

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At a glance

  • Wine:
  • One glass
  • Price:
  • E $6-$19

    M $17-$42

    D $15

    4 courses $60

    6 courses $80

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Wheelchair Access
  • Cards:
  • American Express
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Kerby Craig



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