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Umi-Hendersonville, NC????

ScottWNC Jul 26, 2007 03:26 PM

Has anyone been to the new sushi restaurant in Hendersonville..Umi????
It is supposedly owned by the same folks that run Sora's in Brevard. We've been anxious to try it and haven't had the chance yet.

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    pgollnic Feb 15, 2009 06:53 AM

    Umi's does indeed have a website.. www.umisushinc.com
    It also now has a MEMBERSHIP section that rewards it's members with discount coupons for birthdays,anniversory's and other monthly special events. It also has an SMS system to notify you via cell phone text messages for last minute special deals. Everyone should try it.

    1. Scirocco Sep 14, 2008 08:50 AM

      Just discovered that Umi now has a website. I thought I had read in Bold Life that they had one, but when I dug it out and tried it, it was an invalid address. So I poked around some more and finally found the right one. It has some gorgeous pictures of some of their sushi/rolls.


      1. Jeff C. Feb 2, 2008 05:19 AM

        Went there last night and asked the waitress if it was "Oumi" or "Umi" because I was still not sure and the sign and menus don't help.

        Here's the correct answer, folks: Umi.

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          LifeisGood58 Jul 26, 2008 09:54 AM

          Went to Umi last week. Excellent, best sushi I have had in this area. The soups and cooked food are great as well. So thrilled that we can finally have fresh, delicious sushi. Much better than any of the Japanese restaurants in Asheville.

        2. Scirocco Jan 19, 2008 07:09 AM

          We LOVE Umi! We've gone several times since they opened - probably once or twice per month. We've ordered sushi nearly exclusively, so I can't comment on the other dishes. Like many types of food, we are certainly not sushi experts, but we love all the things we've tried so far. We used to go to Sora all the time in Brevard (their sister resto), but now go to Umi. For some reason, Umi tastes better to me even though they are run by the same people. The food seems fresher. Our service has always been very good (Sora's has been hit and miss) and we like the atmosphere at Umi a little better. We've sat at tables and the sushi bar and enjoyed both (umi also has a bar that you can sit at for drinks unlike Sora). They are open for lunch with reasonably priced specials ($7 - $8). the bento boxes especially have a decent amount of food (for me, anyway). I would like to see more choices on their lunch menu or have them change it up once in awhile. I find myself ordering the special sushi rolls for lunch now just for something different and that gets pricey! Even after six months it stills seems to be busy, so that is a good sign that they might hang around for awhile.

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            Jeff C. Jan 19, 2008 08:53 AM

            Their specialty rolls rule: try the Bonzai Roll, the Blue Ridge Roll, and/or the Superman or -woman rolls. All are perfect with soup/salad and just filling enough. Best sushi I've had in this area.

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              Scirocco Jan 19, 2008 09:30 AM

              I totally agree! We both LOVE the Bonsai rolls and Superman rolls - get them both nearly every time. What's on the Blue Ridge Roll? I don't remember seeing that one.

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                Jeff C. Jan 19, 2008 11:02 AM

                I've had so many now I get 'em mixed up, but I think that's the one with slivers of lobster on top.

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                  Scirocco Jan 19, 2008 11:29 AM

                  Mmmmm!! Will ask next time we go. thanks!

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            r8ch Aug 26, 2007 08:42 AM

            This place is awesome. Hands down the best sushi I have had the entire time I have been in North Carolina (4 years). The service was great, and the food was even better. We ordered a bento box and also a roll of sushi at the recommendation of the waiter and it was amazing. I haven't made it back to try anything else on the menu, but what we had was great. Miso soup is good too. Can't say enough about this place!

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              leahinsc Aug 26, 2007 11:38 AM

              where is this restaurant? I'll be in H-vill Friday...are they open for lunch?

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                Jeff C. Aug 26, 2007 01:40 PM

                They are on Main Street between the Mast Store and Bank of America (in the old Verizon Wireless location). I think they serve lunch but am not 100% sure.

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                  leahinsc Aug 26, 2007 02:35 PM

                  totally missed it...we were down there this weekend at Flight and didn't notice it.

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                    Jeff C. Aug 26, 2007 03:27 PM

                    Def. worth a try, esp. the sushi. Let us know what you thought.

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                      1reachme Jan 17, 2008 10:24 AM

                      I've posted a review of Umi today with a couple of photos on my blog, Hendersonville Epicurean. I don't like directing people away from Chow, but the review is too lengthy to post here.

                      I had a great experience at Umi and although I'm not a sushi expert, it was delicious and the service was very friendly and attentive. Prices aren't bad either.

            2. Jeff C. Aug 6, 2007 05:29 PM

              Tried Oumi for dinner the other night. It was crowded, noisy, and cramped but spare and elegant (I didn't even mind the fake table plants). Philly roll was fresh and well-prepared. Teriyaki salmon was small but quite good, served with nice veggies (rubbery shitake aside), shrimp shumai were plump and tender, chicken yakatori tasted like tasteless Applebee's chicken fingers, and Teriyaki scallops were rubbery. My recommendatoin would be to stick with the sushi for now.

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                timlau Aug 6, 2007 08:00 AM

                Had whatever they call the "chef's sushi selection" and it was great. I think there were about 8 pieces of excellent fish, and not just tuna/salmon/shrimp. The Yellowtail w/scallion roll is simply awesome. The tempura is good, but not great. The basil (?) filet was outstanding.

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