What: A reassuringly high priced Chinese-Japanese cafe at the lately opened four Seasons Vacation resort close to The Tower of London. Operate by the lodge, Mei Ume is adjacent to Anne-Sophie Pic’s La Dame de Pic and is positioned as an upmarket nevertheless fairly daily cafe.
Who: The four Seasons has assembled an breathtaking staff that have cooked in some of London’s most excellent profile Asian eating spots together with head chef Tony Truong (Royal China) sushi chef Mun Seok Choi (Sake no Hana) and dim sum chef Liang Kian Cheng (Yauatcha).
The vibe: East satisfies west with a touch of Hakkasan. Hong Kong-dependent designer AB Idea has concluded a good occupation with the Grade II pointed out, excellent-ceilinged property, doing function about some awkward pillars to generate a positioning, glamorous place. The forty 8-deal with eating property has a palette of daring reds and pinks and an eclectic selection of east Asian art and characteristics together with gilded paintings and embroidered silk screens.
The food items: In spite of its billing as a Chinese-Japanese cafe Mei Ume is a Chinese cafe with a sideline in sushi. The menu kicks of with Mei Ume’s £85 signature dish of complete Peking duck which comes with the expected trimmings of pancakes, hoisin sauce, cucumber and spring onion and then reappears later in the meals in the sort of a zingy salad dressed with lemongrass and plum. Up coming up are compact eats – together with yellowtail carpaccio with truffle ponzu and Shanghai-fashion braised pork ribs with Chinkiang sauce – and a selection of dim sum platters. Mei Ume’s in depth selection of sushi needs delight of place in the heart of the menu even however important dishes incorporate sweet and bitter Iberico pork and wok-fried beef fillet with black pepper sauce.
And a even more situation: Mei Ume is not a fusion cafe. For the most part the Chinese and Japanese components on the menu are retained pretty distinct to the put in which it’s difficult to see in which the sushi suits in. But 1 particular put in which the two cultures do meld is the cocktails, with a selection that consists of the Azure Dragon of the East (Kavalan port wooden complete, Sri Lankan lemongrass, sanshō pepper and cherry blossom).