UMU Japanese Restaurant Puts the Happy in Happy Hour
Because of its unlimited sushi, sashimi and grilled meats and fish.
When in Manila, how many times have you found yourself on a desperate hunt for a quiet place to stay, relax and enjoy great food while you wait for the crazy traffic to die down? How often do you plan to hang out with your friends or officemates after work and find yourself jumping from one restaurant to another, in the hopes of finding one where you can enjoy great-tasting, healthy food and a decent conversation without shouting at one another—or worse, being overheard by the people at the next table?
When was the last time that you actually felt happy about the quality of food and service provided by an establishment during happy hour?
For us in When in Manila, it was when we discovered that UMU, a Japanese restaurant in Dusit Thani, actually has happy hour.
Every Thursday and Friday, from six to eight in the evening, UMU allows guests to feast in its selection of professionally-prepared Japanese cuisines. For only P1,600 per person, guests can enjoy unlimited servings of sushi, maki or sashimi that’s freshly prepared in the restaurant’s Sushi Robata area.
Not only that, the happy hour promo also allows guests unlimited servings of scrumptious grilled items like sausage, chicken, shrimp, salmon, or pork belly and even tempura.
And if you’re thinking that the food they serve at UMU during happy hour might not meet the restaurant’s usual standards, think again. Always present during happy hour is head chef, Chef Hiroyuki Fukata, who ensures that every ingredient used throughout the night is fresh and that each sous chef follows strict food preparation instructions.
But perhaps the one thing that really sets UMU from similar establishments in Makati is the quality of service. The oh-so-attentive and ever-so-courteous attendants of the restaurant are always on the lookout for ways they can help improve guests’ visits—offering to get you more meat from the grilling station or more maki from the Sushi Robata area once they see that your table’s running low on these goodies.
Then there’s the fact that UMU’s size and design can actually accommodate large crowds that go in for happy hour. The restaurant’s main dining area alone can easily accommodate up to 40 people in tables that have more than enough spacing to ensure that each one enjoys a sense of privacy. In addition, it also has three private rooms and three katame rooms (which can seat large groups at no extra cost), plus an al fresco area that gives guests a romantic view of one of Dusit Thani’s main gardens and koi pond.
Next time you’re looking for a quiet place that serves freshly-prepared unlimited Japanese cuisines during happy hour, try visiting UMU at Dusit Thani. We promise that the place is worth every penny you’ll spend on it. UMU is located on the lobby level of Dusit Thani Manila, Ayala Centre, Glorietta Complex, Makati City.
written by: Joel Quizon IV
Ayala Center, 1223 Makati
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