We love going to Chagrin Falls, especially now that Jeni’s is there, but there is a lack of dining options for the discerning palate. On the inexpensive end of the spectrum, you have Yours Truly and Fresh Start Diner, which have their place especially for breakfast, lunch and if you have young children. On the other end, you have GameKeepers Tavern and Jeckyll’s Kitchen of which we are not fans. So when we decided to make a Jeni’s run last week, but decided we should have more than just ice cream for dinner, we chose Umami. We’re glad we did. The place is extremely small, so luckily it was a week night, and they had room for us. For 2 people, we would recommend one of the window seats, which are small but cozy and a good spot for people watching. The menu is not your typical Asian fare. It is unique in a good way, with sophisticated, bold flavors.
Roasted Shiitakes…sesame, scallions, ponzu dipping sauce
Crispy Pork Belly
Goat Cheese Dumplings…seared greens, soy ginger butter
Massaman Curry Chicken…black rice, tomato, galangal, lime, peanuts
Seared Red Tuna…daikon, ginger, tosa shoyu
He said…My favorite was the pork belly. The skin was crispy, and the meat was tender. It was a well executed dish; the asian slaw and sweet sauce were the perfect accompaniment.
She said…First of all, he never met a pork belly he didn’t like. My favorite was the goat cheese dumplings. The dumplings were perfectly cooked, not too doughy, which is often the case with dumplings. I also enjoyed the chicken curry, especially the black rice. The curry was not overwhelming, but still very flavorful.
We both agree that the service was outstanding. Our server recommended a couple of their featured wines, which we tried and really enjoyed. Overall, it was a very pleasant dining experience, and we will definitely return.