Why did you choose to name your restaurant Umami?
Contrary to the Japanese origin of the word Umami, the restaurant doesn’t offer Japanese food. It was named as such because the word “Umami” means the perfect balance between the core tastes: sweet, sour, bitter and salty. We wanted to invite guests to discover Umami for themselves and experience perfection.
What type of cuisine do you serve?
The restaurant offers Mediterranean cuisine with an emphasis on Italian and French dishes. We made it a point to have a small menu of 42 dishes, which is considered modest because our motto is “Simple Food Made Well. We source our ingredients fresh from Egypt and cook them to perfection. We chose to open our first branch at Garden 8, New Cairo, Egypt, because it is a prime location for high-end restaurants, such as Mon Bistro, Origin, Otto Restaurant and others.
Our restaurant has a 60s/70s vibe to it, with a woody exterior and some mosaic in order to emulate a warm and cozy atmosphere.
Which dishes do you recommend?
Mushroom gorgonzola tenderloin, Umami steak, grilled chicken artichoke and beef bourguignon, which is my personal favorite.
How does it feel to collaborate with your daughters on this project?
I’ve decided to target a younger crowd, so it makes sense to work with Yasmine, the daughter of my partner, as well as my two daughters, Alia and Zeina. I am very proud of how they are handling managerial issues and our social media presence.