Small Talk with Sesty – Umami Adds to Tempe Dining Scene

Author: Patrick

Posted on: August 29, 2013


Tempe dining just got more exciting with Umami (photo credit:


“Food is for eating, and good food is to be enjoyed…I think food is, actually, very beautiful itself.” – Delia Smith

When I was about seven years old, I remember sitting on the floor, too close to the TV one Saturday morning.  I was watching my cartoons when they cut to commercial.  That’s when it happened.  I saw this commercial.  For me, this movie could not come out soon enough.  I was hooked.

Now that I’m older, something I eagerly anticipate is the opening of new restaurants that are different than what you usually find.  Most of the time, someplace new opens and its usually described as “being just like (insert name of a restaurant here) except nicer”.  But sometimes, I hear of something opening up in Tempe that’s different than the rest.  That’s what gets me excited.

For the past few months, I’ve been hearing about a restaurant opening up off Mill Ave. called Umami, located at 21 E. 6th St., which would serve ramen noodles.  This was a new concept and I couldn’t think of any place like that around here.  I was hooked.

I reached out to them to find out more about the restaurant, its food and what we can expect.  For those who don’t know, in late 2012, Salt Public Relations sought an entrepreneur to take over a fully-equiped, 3,600 foot space with a patio off of Mill Avenue and 6th Street.  After receiving nearly 100 applications, they awarded Umami with the keys to this new space.

Umami will add to the Tempe dining scene by serving bowls of freshly made ramen noodles.  The co-owners and chefs, Jared Lupin and Matt Marlowe, spent a lot of time overseas, studying Japanese food and the science behind making ramen noodles.  They wanted to bring this culture and food to Tempe.  That’s when the idea of Umami was born.

The feature item on their menu will be the ramen noodles, priced at $8.  Guests will also be able to choose from over 20 mix-n-match bento boxes, which they hope will give guests a taste of fresh, delicious ingredients.  If you’re wondering what the difference between fresh ramen and the stuff you buy at the store, the answer is a lot.  Umami’s ramen noodles will be made from fresh every single morning, with ingredients prepared in house.  In addition to food, they’ll also serve ice-cold Japanese beer and sake.

Diners can also expect to find daily specials and fresh sea food selections.  Hours will be from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. They plan on having a late night menu, happy hour and weekend brunch.  Sounds great, right?  It is.  The grand opening is Saturday,  September 14th.

For more information about Tempe restaurants, be sure to visit our website or call 800-283-6734.

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