Looking for a fun, romantic dinner in Cairo? Soaring flames and flashing knives may not usually be a part of the experience, but when Chef Laurence Lising gets to work, that is just the beginning. His dexterity, humor and friendly banter as he works on the sizzling hot teppanyaki iron plate result not only in mouthwatering food; the show is entertainment not to be missed. Chef Laurence’s journey as sushi and teppanyaki masterchef has led him from points as far afield as the USA, Australia, Canada and Jordan. He has cooked for celebrities and even royalty across the globe, but now, at Umami at the Le Méridien Pyramids, he has realized a lifelong dream; to cook at the foot of Giza’s famed Pyramids.
In Japanese cuisine, “umami” (or savory) is the fifth basic taste alongside sweet, sour, salty, and bitter. This element features strongly in the salads, sushi and teppanyaki dishes on the menu – and they aim to be the best sushi in Cairo!
Signature Dishes & Dishes Sampled
Signatures items include the Umami Salad, Teppanyaki specialties, Chef Selection Nigiri.
After enjoying a welcome drink of pineapple, ginger and lemongrass, we launched with the Umami Salad, a fresh mix of red and white cabbage slaw, cucumber, and sweet and savory marinated shitake mushrooms topped with a tangy ginger dressing. The balance of flavor elements was a perfect introduction for the dishes that came next. Miso soup followed, with tiny cubes of tofu and squares of nori. Traditional and tasty, it paved the way for an impressive selection of sushi. We kept it simple and went for old favorites, California Maki, Philadelphia Maki, and Tempura Maki and loved every immaculately presented bite.
That left the star item, Chef Laurence’s teppanyaki. From juggling spatulas and knives, impressive egg-balancing feats, and ceiling-licking bursts of flame; we followed every step of the preparation. Vegetables were followed by expertly cooked mixed fried rice, then a combination of chicken breast, shrimp and US tenderloin steak with ginger and mustard dipping sauces that harmonized perfectly.
We enjoyed having our meal cooked at such speed right under our noses; it was a spectacle we won’t forget.
Other Menu Options that Appealed & Beverages Available
We would love to explore some more of the sushi combinations on our next visit. There is a full bar, along with soft options.
Décor & Ambience
Fitting for the buzzing mood, hot pinks and reds dominate in the huge geisha-themed wall murals. Seating is arranged as simple natural wood tables and chairs, or around the large iron plate teppayaki station. The lively pop music in the background suited the cheerful vibe, giving everything needed for a fun night out.
Clientele Mix & Price Range
Who wouldn’t enjoy this! Families, couples, groups of friends. A great treat for kids and teens as well.
Price range is moderate upwards, depending on your selection.
Opening hours: 6 pm to 11 pm. Tuesday to Sunday.
Address: El Remaya Square, Giza
Tel: 0102 818 8896