Umai Japanese Restaurant - Closed

8400 Bellaire
Houston, TX 77036


  • Sun, Tue-Sat 11am-9pm
  • $
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Not Accepted
At Umai - Japanese slang for "delicious" - prepare your palate for different Japanese cuisine than you may be accustomed to. There's virtually no sushi available here, but there is an array of authentic ramen soups and treats like shiso hasami age instead, as well as an excellent sake selection, considering it's a small, family-run establishment. Vegetarians and carnivores alike can enjoy edamame gyoza and spicy yo tofu soup, while the breaded pork cutlet in curry sauce - katsu-kare - is a must-have for anyone who thinks Japanese food is all fish and rice.

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