Umai is a small Victorian residency converted to a restaurant that literally puts you on display among the bustling shoppers on Boston’s upscale Newbury Street .
244 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116
Umai is quite striking when you walk past it. It’s very common to walk on Newbury St and see people eating on patios, and gorgeous outfits in display windows, but seeing diners in the display window… it’s intriguing to say the least. Nothing really stands out from the exterior, especially since right below there’s a nail salon. Again, the only thing really discernible on the outside are the diners on display.
I’m mixed with my thoughts on the food at Umai. If I’m venturing to Newbury Street, I’m expecting upscale everything, and also willing to pay for all those bells and whistles that go along with my clothes, gadgets, and food. So, just as I’m torn with my feelings of a CVS on Newbury St, I think it’s the best analogy I can give to my thoughts of Umai. CVS is cheap and affordable, but two adjectives not really in my vocabulary when I walk through Newbury. Umai provides average quality sushi at affordable prices for Newbury Street. Don’t get me wrong, if this place was around the corner from where I live, I’d be racking up a punch card full of loyalty points. But alas, it’s on Newbury St, where I’m looking for higher quality options and willing to spend for it.
The deluxe lunch combo I had there was a great value. Solid nigiri and spot on spicy tuna roll. The designer rolls… while I am adventurous, they didn’t really do it for me. The rice wasn’t the greatest, but it was by no means bad. Here are some of the rolls I tried:
~Average quality sushi at reasonable prices on ‘display’ on Boston’s high-end Newbury Street.