Cindy’s Umami by Han. The name is a mouthful, but so is the food. Located in a quiet back alley in Liangmaqiao, Cindy’s Umami by Han is easily recognizable from a distance with its grand exterior which allows it to stand out amongst its small local eatery neighbors.
Walking in, you’re faced with a grand, spacious interior design and a whole lot of wine. The floor-to-ceiling wine fridge houses an impressive collection that we couldn’t wait to get our lips around.
The menu is a blend of Asian and Western cultures in an Asian-style thick photo-filled book. Chef Han takes inspirations from his Michelin-starred restaurant, Umami by Han in The Hague, to create this city’s first Dutch restaurant that’s a bit of northern Europe mixed with a touch of local style.
Following his style back in the Netherlands, Cindy’s Umami by Han serves up each course a bit differently and in pairs, abandoning the traditional concept of starter, main, and dessert. Here, it’s course 1, course 2, course 3, and dessert, each served with a counterpart.
Call us simple but we’re used to eating a course, having the plate taken away, and then the next course brought over. There was a bit of ‘hmmm’ around the table when our first course with two dishes arrived at the table. Was there an order to how it was supposed to be eaten? Were we the only ones who didn’t get it? Is there a right and a wrong way to eat it?
While the concept is unfamiliar, we can’t help but point out that if you’re into sharing your food family style, it’s great because everyone gets to sample a wide variety of dishes.
Given an extensive à la carte menu available, we recommend trying one of their two set menus if you’re dining there for the first time. With two options (¥278 and ¥298) per person, these two four-course menus give you a pretty good selection of the chef’s signature items and leave you with a pretty good sense of their menu, for the next time you dine.
6 Xinyuanxili Dong
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