Last week, we had the wonderful opportunity of being hosted at Umi Restaurant in Camps Bay. I was really looking forward to this as I have not been before and seeing as my general impression of restaurants along the Camps Bay strip is that they are very pricey and definitely more for the tourists, I was looking forward to seeing if this was true of Umi.
The decor can not be faulted. With a plush and luxurious feel to it, it is absolutely beautiful and sets the mood perfectly for a romantic and special date night. We were seated at a table which has a comfortable booth type seat on the one side and chairs on the other. The very Japanese feel of the striking pink flowers hanging over us just added that little extra detail to the very romantic feel of the restaurant. (they’re not real, we touched them to check, but still beautiful). Although we were a bit chilly as all the doors were open and could have moved closer to the fireplace if we had chosen to, it was so lovely to be able to actually sit right next to each other and not across the way from each other so we stayed where we were, snuggled up to each other and ordered a glass of Durbanville Hills Merlot to warm me up.
For starters we had the grilled calamari and salmon rainbow rolls. The calamari was extremely soft and came with a delicious chilli, ginger and garlic yuzu soy dressing which was very good and worked well together. The sushi was good although the rolls were very small and at R145 for 4, I did find them quite overpriced for what you get.
For mains hubby had the Beef Fillet and I had the Thyme Salt Lamb Chops. There are a couple of sides to choose from but we both went with a salad. (yip, trying to be healthy) Hubby was extremely happy with his beef fillet as it was full of flavour and soft as butter. In fact, he would go so far as to say it was one of the best fillets he’s had. I had a different expectation of what my lamb chops would be and although they were slightly underdone for how I like it, they had an extremely yummy Spicy Anticucho dip which I enjoyed. Our salads were fresh and although mainly leaves, they were still enjoyable and were a very decent sized portion.
If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you’ll know that if there’s chocolate fondant on the menu, we have to try it. (ya, I know, not so healthy ;)) And this one was a GOOD one! Slightly spongy on the outside and warm, melted chocolate oozing out from the middle as you break it open…mmm…just how I like it. It is definitely one of the better one’s I’ve had.
Overall, we had a wonderful date night. We enjoyed our meals, the service was good and the restaurant was ideal in setting the mood. I think if you go, you need to know that it is Camps Bay and it is one of the biggest tourist spots in Cape Town with one of the most beautiful views which means you will be paying for that. But if budget is not a concern for you, then as far as romantic date night spots go, sitting at UMI watching the sunset with a glass of wine and your loved one beside you, sounds pretty good to me and you might spot us there this summer doing just that. If my mouth happens to be full of deliciously oozing melted chocolate fondant…please excuse me 😉