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Mei Ume: The Tastes of China and Japan

Alixe Lay

One of the things I love about London is the food, and particularly the variety of International fare you can find in this city. Whatever cuisine you're after, London probably has it. 

Since moving to the big smoke I find myself frequenting Oriental Asian restaurants during the weekend. This time we visited Mei Ume in the Four Seasons Hotel London, who specialise in Chinese and Japanese cuisine. 

Mei Ume, Four Seasons
Four Seasons Hotel, Ten Trinity Square

Residing within a Grade-II listed heritage building, formerly the office for Port of London Authority, the interiors of Mei Ume were inspired by both the east and the west. Upon arrival, I was immediately greeted by the plum blossom glass panel. This is representative of the restaurant's name, which combines the Japanese and Chinese language words for plum blossom. The bar was decorated with lamps in the style of lanterns, wooden and marble tabletops, as well as leather bar stools. In the larger dining room, the unique three-layer gilded triptych on both ends of the room tell the story of a Chinese garden banquet.

Mei Ume
Mei Ume

As it was our first time at Mei Ume, we decided to go with the Signature Tasting Menu which comes with 10 dishes, paired with 3 different wines. 

Amongst the starter dishes, my favourite was the Yellowtail carpaccio with truffle ponzu dressing. The smell of the truffle was very noticeable when the dish was first served, and the taste was very well balanced with subtle hints of spicy, sour and sweet. Within the selection of sashimi and nigiri, my favourite was the mackerel nigiri, so perfectly smoked and it really complements the freshness of the sashimi. What a perfect way to be introduced to what Mei Ume has to offer.

Wakame tofu miso soup

Wakame tofu miso soup

Edamame with salt flakes

Edamame with salt flakes

Yellowtail carpaccio with truffle ponzu dressing

Yellowtail carpaccio with truffle ponzu dressing

Selection of sashimi and nigiri

Selection of sashimi and nigiri

For main course, we were served dishes with both Chinese and Japanese influence. All the mains were brilliant and they remind me very much of the tastes I grew up with. I was particularly impressed with the Wok fried Hereford beef fillet in spicy black pepper sauce; the beef was so tender and every bit of the dish was coated with the well-balanced black pepper sauce.

Stir fried Chinese seasonal vegetable with ginger

Stir fried Chinese seasonal vegetable with ginger

Crispy duck roll

Crispy duck roll

Wok fried Hereford beef fillet in spicy black pepper sauce

Wok fried Hereford beef fillet in spicy black pepper sauce

Wasabi king prawns with orange tobiko

Wasabi king prawns with orange tobiko

Salt and pepper tempura vegetables

Salt and pepper tempura vegetables

Pan fried fillet of Norwegian salmon in yuzu teriyaki sauce

Pan fried fillet of Norwegian salmon in yuzu teriyaki sauce

Finally, the dessert. We've ordered both options on the tasting menu to try them out. The Chocolate moelleux with matcha ice cream was lovely, and I couldn't fault it at all. However as someone who always leans towards the more refreshing and fruity dessert options, I preferred the Mango pudding, coconut crumble, pistachio sponge and kalamansi sorbet. The texture was perfect, and every single element of the dish had a reason to be included. It's probably up there in my top 3 best dessert ever tasted.

Chocolate moelleux with matcha ice cream

Chocolate moelleux with matcha ice cream

Mango pudding, coconut crumble, pistachio sponge and kalamansi sorbet

Mango pudding, coconut crumble, pistachio sponge and kalamansi sorbet

Japanese matcha

Japanese matcha

Mei Ume was a culinary experience like nothing I've ever had before. The service was impeccable, the food was absolutely amazing and I'm truly grateful to have discovered it. If you'd like to have a look at Mei Ume's menu and their story, visit their website here

Mei Ume

Thank you to Mei Ume for the food. All words, images and opinions are my own.


Mei Ume

10 Trinity Square
London EC3N 4AJ

Aesop Duke of York Square

Alixe Lay

Since first getting introduced to Aesop's Fabulous Face Cleanser about four years ago, it's been a crucial part of my skincare routine. Aesop's one of my favourite brands not only for the quality of their products, but also the in-store retail experience and the design of all their shops. I've visited a handful of their stores in London, but the one in Duke of York Square really stood out. 

Pink isn't the colour I'd usually associate with Aesop, but they've really made this one work. With the prominent silver shelves and grand curves, this store gives a sense of luxury that is quite different from their usual understated and modest vibe. I was warned by the staff to not put anything onto what looked like a simple silver table surface, as it is in fact filled with water. The water was so still it was impossible to tell it apart from a flat mirror.

Of course with a space like this I could not help but click away with my camera. Are you ready for the visual feast?

Aesop Duke of York Square
Aesop Duke of York Square
Aesop Duke of York Square
Aesop Duke of York Square
Aesop Duke of York Square
Aesop Duke of York Square
Aesop Duke of York Square
Aesop Duke of York Square

Aesop Duke of York Square

22–24, Duke of York Square, Chelsea, London SW3 4LY