********** Yoshinori Ishii Executive chef of Japanese restaurant UMU in London ******************

------------------ 英国の日本料理店 UMU 総料理長 石井義典 のつれづれなる話 ------------

Friday, 25 January 2013

New addition to UMU. UMUの新しい仲間

At the end of last year, Mr Kazuya Ishida, an up-and-coming young ceramic artist from Bizen (one of the hometown of Japanese earthenware), who currently resides in London to polish his skill and widen his field of activity, personally delivered a huge vase specially made by him for Umu.
The vase is fully decorated with his speciality skill, which technique I was blown away by when I observed for the first time while he was teaching me potter’s wheel skill few months back, and was made up to be a very powerful piece.
Unlike the standard ceramic vases for Japanese-style drawing room, Mr Ishida had to consider many requests and restrictions creating this particular piece, however the outcome was an outstanding, beautifully finished vase which is yet practical. After only 1 month of being part of the restaurant, the vase is already blending in perfectly to create the Umu atmosphere, almost like it has been where it meant to be for many years.


Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Happy new year!!! 今年もよろしくお願いいたします。

With a fresh start of the New Year, I would like to say thanks for the year that has just passed, and sincerely wish you all had a lovely Christmas and a happy new year! 

More than 2 years have passed since I first came to London to be the executive head chef at Umu, and this is my 3rd time welcoming a new year, a new beginning. 

Although things have been very hectic at the restaurant throughout the previous year, due to events, refurbishments and distribution reform, thanks to the cooperation from each and every staff, we survived the year without any complication.  

Whether from our invaluable regulars or precious first-timers, smiles from the guests at the end of their Umu experience have been our priority target. The Umu staff, all together as a team, tried and worked our hardest to achieve this. This year or next year, or even further in the future, to create superb Umu experience which puts smile on everyone’s face will always be our ultimate goal. 

Thank you again to everyone for the wonderful past year.

We sincerely look forward to the day welcoming you at Umu, London in 2013.