Umezono: Smyrna

posted on July 11, 2007 at 5:49 am
Sometimes your memory of a place is better than the real thing. My mother used to take my sister and I to Umezono for dinner when my Dad was out of town. We’d slurp udon noodles and talk about our day at school. It was one of my favorite places to go and I had many fond memories of our meals there. I had to drop my car off at the dealer one day and I was searching for some ethnic food in the area when they worked on my car. I scanned the area in my mind and remembered Umezono was right around the corner. My friend and I made a beeline for the restaurant and cozied into the corner booth.

Umezono: Smyrna
My friend ordered some sushi, but I was never a fan of their fish so I just opted to wait for my main. He said it was okay, but nothing spectacular.
Umezono: Smyrna
Standard iceberg salad which was nothing innovative, but I have a secret love of this ginger dressing even if it is on iceberg which I normally only eat when it is topped with blue cheese and bacon.

Umezono: Smyrna
I was a bit put off when I got my noodles and they had given me udon instead of the soba I had asked for. I like the fat noodles, but only when they are made fresh. The packaged version always tastes a bit like plastic. Maybe it is just me. I prefer udon any day. The broth has no flavor and that just made it even less enjoyable–who wants to eat fried shrimp that are soaking in bland water? Not me. Definitely not a dish worth traveling for.

Umezono: Smyrna
Oyakodon was not that bad. Good runny egg and sweet onion topping the well-made rice, but it was soooo salty! My friend, who has been known to eat salt on its own, just picked at it.

Verdict: The search for excellent udon in Atlanta continues. The place seems like a watered down version of the memory. The food was average–not inedible–but average (at best). It just seemed like everything was haphazardly made. I can’t say I will be going back there anytime soon. Hashiguchi Junior will have to satisfy my lunchtime craving for noodles for now. If only the new chef, Ito, at MF (who hails from Nagano) would open a noodle spot. A girl can dream.

2086 Cobb Parkway
Phone: (770) 933-8808

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  • Re: Umezono: Smyrna
    posted by: Russ · July 16, 2007  7:44 AM

    I have to admit, I am kind of a sucker for this place. I just like it b/c it reminds me of the izakayas that were so popular in NYC before I moved down here. They have great grilled and skewered items that are hard to come by – at least as far as my research here has revealed thus far.

    Their grilled mackerel is OUTSTANDING. Plus, the lunch special is a great deal – I think $6.99 for two items from a very long list, but would have to verify that. Oh, and they have katsu curry – also hard to find here.

    Finally, you have to LOVE their menu, with all the little animal stickers all over it. My favorite has to be the two kittens in the basket with the word bubble sticker over their heads, saying “I want to go to Six Flag.”

  • Re: Umezono: Smyrna
    posted by: The Blissful Glutton · July 16, 2007  12:47 PM

    I adore izakaya spots. I went nuts when I visited Vancouver and found one on every corner. As far as Umezono goes, I am sure their menu is not full of losers, but my visit was just not up to snuff. Their menu always cracks me up too and has not changed since I was a kid. I even took pics:

  • Re: Umezono: Smyrna
    posted by: Anonymous · November 6, 2007  10:35 AM

    The sister restaurant (Sushi Yoko) on Peachtree Industrial outside 285 has better selection. I was very happy with their seasonal menu in several recent visits.

  • Re: Umezono: Smyrna
    posted by: Ms. Smiley · December 8, 2009  9:31 AM

    I know your review is from 2 years ago, but I am dining here now & have yet to be wowed. I'm not sure if Sushi Yoko is still around, but my favorite Sushi spot is also on Peachtree Industrial in Duluth. It's called Hanabi and is awesome! If you like the Ginger dressing at this place, you will fall in love with theirs as it is homemade and DELICIOUS! They also hand-cut their Romaine salad and have a sesame dressing that is Amazing! I've moved from the area but make a point to visit them as much as I can when I'm on that side of 85.

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