At the time, Genting Dream was preparing to set sail into the deep crystal blue waters of Singapore Strait, I was getting ready to put my chopstick etiquettes to test. I had an 8 PM reservation at Dream Cruise’s Umi Uma Teppanyaki, the signature Japanese restaurant featuring iron table culture. I had waited for this moment for a long time – to watch Kung Fu Chefs pull off remarkable clever tricks. It’s one thing to watch a fancy culinary show on TV, and another thing in person. In-person, the experience comes alive in manier shades. Then you get to share it with the world in the frame you design. Regardless, eating at this acclaimed restaurant is a dream experience.
By and large, Umi Uma, the Japanese signature restaurant on Genting Dream’s Deck 8, features three unique dining concepts. Amongst which, the best experience is the traditional LIVE cooking show performed over the Iron Plate tables. Usually, Japanese cuisine is identified with Umami and Harmony. However, at Umi Uma Teppanyaki, the culinary adventures go an extra mile with the premium iron plate cookery, live food demonstrations and a kettle of Japanese Tea. It’s luxury blended with a lot of fun! The Chefs entertain you while cooking your desired meal and the ingredients become their muse. Let’s just say, that the star ingredients of your meal first perform an engaging show before, they are served to you on sophisticated dinnerware.
All along, this authentic Japanese restaurant reveals how important is the mealtime togetherness culture for the people residing in the land of the rising sun. I still remember that moment when I had first walked into this imperatively, dim-lit, restaurant that first evinced the vibe of a box room. Eventually, as I walked inside, I saw the cheerful interiors with one side of the wall facing the glorious blue ocean. The iron-table where I sat, also had established travel influencers Anak Jajan, Jewels Zee, and Amber Chia. Each influencer was invited by Dream Cruise and was here to relish the true Japanese flavours while building new friendships.
The Teppanyaki tables boast a traditional design, matched with modern ceilings. Additionally, Japanese elements such as the red cushioned chairs, porcelain ginger jars, rising sun paintings, and white porcelain ware with sweese curves make this restaurant stand out. So does the food and hospitality! The other two dining concepts at Umi Uma Teppanyaki are the Umi Uma Sushi Bar and the Korean BBQ.
When the Chef Nailed it with Heat and Swag
Teppanyaki, the word is derived from “Teppan,” a metal plate on which the food is cooked. Yaki, on the other hand, means broiled, grilled, or pan-fried. Together, in Japan, Teppanyaki refers to a Teppan cooking style, mostly applied to shrimp, steak, yakisoba, okonomiyaki, and Monjayaki. On Genting Dream, Umi Uma restaurant brings in the exact same cooking technique, except here the Chefs also put on an interesting show for the guests. In few words, this restaurant is an enchanting melting pot of originality and varied Asian flavours. Each Teppanyaki table can accommodate up to 8 people at Umi Uma.
The dining experience began with a rhythmic cling-clang dance of the Japanese Cleavers. After which, the Filipino Chef introduces himself and then seeks our introduction. However, he does not begin to cook your meal unless he has checked with you on your food allergies. After he receives a green signal from all the table guests, the chef unfolds the most awaited dramatic presentation of the night. Kon’nichiwa Japan! I whispered to myself, as I took the first sip of Guinness, an Irish dry stout beer. I was ready to get entertained and the Chef was ready to nail it with his unusual culinary skills. He started off by boasting clever-cleaver egg tricks while dancing on the tunes of Gangnam style. I ain’t had so much fun in a long time.
The onboard culinary nirvana proceeded with more food art, chef performances and a couple of rounds of the Japanese craft beer. As for the food, I decided to check out the most expensive dish on the menu – the Dream Ocean Shinto, featuring sea scallops and jumbo shrimps. From tasting a dark and chocolaty, Beamish Stout, enveloped in a spicier note to devouring perfectly-cooked seafood, I was overwhelmed by what I was served. By all means, you ought to try these Dream Ocean scallops and shrimps. Watching the Chef cook Sea Scallops to a perfect pink was a phenomenal experience! For the best taste, add a little white pepper and mushroom seasoning to it.
Since a lot of food was cooked on the table for eight different guests, I also had the chance to taste stir Japanese rice loaded with veggies. My dinner ended with a finger-licking dessert, the Banana Pancakes with Icecream. All along, this meal we were served infinite servings of the Japanese Tea. Asians love their food and at Umi Uma, you see that fine-dining is either a special experience or nothing! From Ginseng, Foie gras, Sea Scallops, to Asian beverages, expect nothing but great food to surprise your taste buds. This restaurant is gastronomic excellence, worth experiencing, in the middle of the ocean. The restaurant is usually booked with reservations therefore, it’s important you make an advance booking. At Umi Uma Teppanyaki, you will unfold tempting food, while, indulging in a distinctively elite socialising session.