Mei Ume is a brand new Asian fine dining restaurant, located at the stunning Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square, whose name is inspired by both the Chinese and Japanese terms for plum blossom. The cuisine is both Chinese and Japanese at Mei Ume, but not a fusion, so you can have the best of both, and we were very excited to try it out.
The interiors at Mei Ume had me entranced as soon as we walked in with its ornate pillars, intricate and awe inspiring art work, high ceilings and gorgeous colour palette. It has the same beautiful architecture as the rest of the hotel, which enjoys a memorable past as the former Port of London Authority. I had previously visited the hotel for Afternoon Tea and had thoroughly enjoyed it.
We enjoyed a glass of champagne each whilst we chose our dishes for our meal. The menu was so impressive that we kind of wanted everything! It was truly a great selection.
I knew I definitely wanted Dim Sum and so we ordered the Steamed vegetarian dim sum platter. There were two variants, Truffle mushroom dumpling and pumpkin dumpling. My favourite was the Truffle mushroom dumpling whilst Aftab loved the pumpkin dumpling. I adored the colours and presentation too.
We also nibbled on edamame garnished with flakes of salt, and one of my favourite (and fun) things to eat at Asian restaurants. It is seriously addictive!
Upon recommendation from the restaurant manager, we tried the Uramaki. Both of us are a little fussy about seafood so we opted for the Vegetarian maki with shiso samphire. I could even taste avocado, lettuce and cucumber, alongside other super fresh ingredients. It was served with ginger on the side and literally it was epic.
And if this wasn’t already enough from the starters, we also tried the Crispy Duck rolls, which had a lovely crispy exterior and melt in your mouth duck inside each roll that tasted exquisite.
Literally the starter and sushi selection was fantastic and there are so many dishes I will come back to try.
For mains, the selection was equally as tough to choose from as it all sounded delicious and so we decided to try one chicken, one lamb and one beef dish, to get a good idea.
The Szechuan corn fed chicken with macadamia nuts and dried red chilli was my favourite of the three with its little bursts of heat from the chillis, and unusual use of macadamia nuts, which are my favourite type of nut. The chicken was so soft and tender too and this is a must order dish, in my opinion.
The Pan fried Mongolian lamb cutlets with lemongrass sauce was zesty and very well marinated and flavoured. It was also a really good portion size, and l loved that it was saucy,
The Wok fried Hereford beef llet with black pepper sauce was my least favourite of the selection but it still tasted really lovely. It did go well with the rice though, and reminded me of a dish I used to have in a Chinese restaurant in Kenya.
We had our mains with some Sautéed green asparagus served with samphire and ginger on the side, as well as a very generous portion of Steamed jasmine rice, which was cooked to perfection.
We were seriously full by now but a sneak peek on the restaurant’s Instagram earlier in the day had brought our attention to the fact that they served Iced mochi and so we had saved a tiny bit of space to try the selection. On the evening they had run out of the mango option and so we tried matcha, coconut and yuzu. The coconut one was amazing and my favourite and literally the perfect way to cool down on a hot day.
To balance that out with something healthy, we tried the Exotic fruit platter too, which had a fresh selection of fruits such as apple, grapes, dragon fruit and pineapple. I adored the plate it was served on too – so beautiful!
After all that indulgence we had one more in the form of Hot chocolate, which was the perfect way to end an utterly delightful meal at Mei Ume.
I will definitely be back to try dishes I was attracted to on the menu, especially their Signature Whole Peking Duck, which is served with pancakes, as one course, and in an alternative way for the second course. I love duck pancakes and so this is top on my list for next time.
The venue is striking and pretty and the service was excellent. It would be the perfect place for a treat or a special occasion or even a ‘just because’ dinner and the menu is well balanced for vegetarians and non-vegetarians.
It has excellent chefs at its helm whose backgrounds are in top Asian restaurants in the city and it really shows in the amazing food that we had at Mei Ume. I know its only been open a few weeks but I can literally see this restaurant being awarded a Michelin star in the near future. A new opening worth checking out!
For more information about Mei Ume, as well as menus, visit the website here.
My meal was complimentary but all views and opinions are my own.