It takes over the space once occupied by the well liked Korea House. Followers of Korea House should be glad to know Ume has hung onto a few of the Korean dishes, such as bibimbap, bulgogi and Korean short beef ribs. Japanese food is the focus here, from two pages of sushi and sashimi to teriyaki and unagi bowls to udon.Ume comes from Min Han, a Dallasite who ran a deli inside the AT&T building in downtown Dallas. This is his first official restaurant and if it takes off, he’s hoping to open more. He gave the spot an attractive makeover, adding tiki decorations, black tablecloths and polished wood. We had a great meal there last week, starting with crisp tempura yam, served with a side of sweet chili sauce. The batter was nice and crisp and flecked with curry salt, taking it beyond typical tempura.
The tuna, salmon and escolar on the rainbow roll was fresh, and the rice held together well.
If you have a hearty appetite, try the “hot stone bibimbap”, a hot bowl of steamed white rice and beef topped with a fried egg. It comes with sides of veggies, kimchee and hot sauce. You mix the ingredients together, or your server will do it for you. It’s a good entree to split.
Ume has several desserts, including a wonderful green tea creme brûlée, which was lighter and less sweet than average creme brulee.
Ume, 4750 Bryant Irvin Rd., 817-370-0685