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Ume, Surry Hills

July 6th, 2012  |  Published in Restaurants  |  4 Comments


This is just a quick, bento-sized update to say how much Will and I like Ume in Surry Hills. It’s a new Japanese place run by Kerby Craig (The Bridge Room, Tetsuya, Koi) and Hiroko Muranishi (who, like her chef husband, also worked at Koi).

Ume, Surry Hills

It’s eternally hanami-watching time, thanks to the cherry-blossom mural and there are lots of inspired dishes – the baked pumpkin with sweet dengaku glaze and toasted hazelnuts is particularly great, as is the pork belly with green beans, sweet potato, karashi and dashi; and the desserts are done with flair; think dark chocolate terrine with ginger and rose-petal ice cream and whipped matcha or roast persimmon with Christmas bush honey, native violets and roast tea jelly.

478 Bourke St, Surry Hills NSW (02) 9380 7333



  1. You make this place sound so intriguing.. might pop in 🙂

  2. oooooh it definitely looks like a place I need to get myself to!

  3. What is this non available photo business?? Why taunt us so! :< Sounds quite good actually, I’m a little tired of Japanese but this place sounds quite unique.

  4. Ellen says:

    went there the other day – food was superb but we found it overpriced for the small amount of food that you actually get. we had 4 dishes and a dessert and paid just under $100 – and we both weren’t full! hopefully they can pile a bit more on the plates in the future…

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