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I took my Mom and Uncle to dinner last night at Umi Japanese Restaurant.  I’ve been here several times in the past and since my Uncle was in town visiting and he likes seafood – I thought this would be a good place to go.

We arrived about 6pm and were seated right away at a table for 4.  We started by ordering a couple of rolls from the sushi menu – a spicy tuna roll and a spicy crab roll (both $5.75).  We all liked these rolls – and they were very spicy even without a generous dab of sinus clearing wasabi on top. 

I ordered the filet mignon ($19.25), my wife ordered beef sukiyaki ($15.75), Mom got the chicken ($13.25) and my Uncle ordered salmon ($15.25).  You pay an extra $1.50 if you want your dinner with fried rice instead of white rice. 

First to be delivered is a very small salad with that tasty Japanese creamy dressing.  My salad was ice cold and tasted good.  Next up was the miso soup.  Everyone liked this soup – it was light and had a good flavor and a few bits of tofu in it as well. 

Our entrées were next.  Beside your protein of choice, each plate comes with rice, noodles and veggies.  All of the sides were good – I especially liked the noodles as they were a bit sweet and had a really nice texture.  The vegetables were a bit heavy on the zucchini for me – but my wife benefited from that.

My tenderloin was cooked just right and was tender and tasted very good.  Everyone else seemed to enjoy their entrée as well – the salmon was cooked with a somewhat sweet glaze which my Uncle liked a lot.

Our server took good care of us this evening.  Drinks were refilled promptly and the food came out in a well paced manner.  Mom had a special request to substitute some of her side items and this was taken care of with no problem.

The décor of the place is nice – and is an abrupt change when you step into the door from outside.  There are some TV’s up high on the walls and a 2 level dining room.  The tables & chairs are made of a heavy rustic wood – and the chairs are a bit heavy to move around.   There is an interesting display of three hammocks hanging from the ceiling in the dining room – perhaps they are meant to look like fish nets?  I’m not sure but it is an odd thing to see.

One word of warning – I have ordered scallops here on two previous occasions and found them both times to be gritty – so you might want to stay away from them.

Lunch includes the option of having your meal in a Bento box – and is the way to go at lunch as you get a nice selection of tasty items including some tempura vegetables.

Overall, this is a nice place for a Japanese lunch or dinner without having to sit with strangers (like at the cook-at-your-table Japanese places).   

3046 S. Kimbrough – (417) 882-1110

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