Do you know that feeling when you discover a restaurant that ticks all your boxes? You’re in love with the food, the interior decorating is superb, and the staff is nice as hell? Umami, which serves up the best goddamned asian fusion food I have had in a long time, is basically one of those restaurants. They are located in Prenzlauer Berg, and while it’s not exactly within walking distance from my flat, it IS a 5 minute walk from the office.

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This basically means that instead of only talking about how great the food there is (because let’s face it, no one in Berlin really can be arsed to venture too far out of their neighbourhood on a regular basis – as is evidenced by the fact that I hoo and ha every time I have to make the journey from Friedrichshain to Neukölln to prove to my boyfriend that yes, indeed I am willing to spend the night at his place too and no, he isn’t the only one who has to commute through Berlin in order for us to spend time together), I actually have plenty of opportunities to get my weekly fix.

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The staff and I are now on a smile-when-we-see-each-other basis because I like to give them my money and I’m almost convinced that when I eat there, my food (and the food of whomever else is with me) comes out just a little bit quicker than everyone else’s because I’m such an amazing regular. I’m sure, in reality, this is really not the case, but I mean small details, right? And the only thing that is preventing me from saying “I’ll take the usual” besides not knowing how to say this in German, is that everything – from the regular menu to their specials – is so freaking good, that I’m not even ordering the same thing each time. (Except when I am, and when I am, I’m all about the Pagoda Rolls, Saigon Pancake, and Herbstgarten Salat.)

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Umami also has amazing choices for vegans and vegetarians but also incredible dishes for omnivores, so everyone can really find something that suits their dietary preferences. And after finding out that some of my other favorite asian restaurants have since shut down (Susuru, I’m looking at you. Except I’m not. Because you’re gone. And I can’t take it. CALL ME.) I’m pretty sure that this thing that me and Umami has got is going to go on for a while. And you know what? I’m perfectly okay with that.


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  • Oooe yummo – this looks so good ! Happy Friday


    • rae

      Thanks Candice!

  • I love Asian food, but I’ve never had Asian fusion food. When I first came to college, there was a fair in town, so of course I went to check it out. Local restaurants and vendors were there, and I stumbled upon an Asian fusion cupcake shop! I had the best cupcake in my life (it was called A Matcha Made in Heaven). Anyways, after that experience, I’m always up for Asian fusion! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    • rae

      You should definitely check it out! And an Asian fusion cupcake shop?! What exactly is that even? I am super curious. I can imagine a Matcha cupcake but what other kind of cupcakes did they have to offer?!

  • Julia

    Oh my this food looks amazing!! I was in Berlin last weekend and was blown away but how many amazing food places there are, I swear, my weekend was like an ultimate culinary experience. And, food doesn’t tend to get too pricey as well!! Score :)


    • rae

      Berlin is really one of the best cities when it comes to being full of amazing cafes and restaurants! Glad you enjoyed your stay here so much, and yes, one of the best parts of Berlin is that the prices for eating out are so low! It can add up pretty quickly though!

  • I haven’t tried much Asian fusion food to be honest! Love your love for this place though, haha.

    • rae

      Thanks Jane!

  • I’ve never tried Asian Fusion food before! (Kinda ironic since I may be one, and living in Asia) Umami looks so cool and so tasty! It makes me hungry just by looking at it

    xx Bash | Bash Says Hey | bloglovin’

    • rae

      Haha that is pretty funny. Asian fusion is really great :)

  • The more I read your blog, the more I want to meet up with you in Berlin! Find me at & Have a lovely day, Iga x

    • rae

      Thank you so much Iga, it really means a lot to me that you like LFB so much! And if you are ever in Berlin, do let me know!

  • Giulia
    • rae

      The food here really is amazing!

  • They look delicious! And I LOVE your photography.

    Katrina Sophia

    • rae

      Thanks so much, Katrina!

  • Well this looks amazingly tasty. We have an Asian Street Food outlet, but it’s grab and go food and it makes me upset that you can’t sit in the warmth and eat all their amazing food. I know what you mean about being a regular and food coming quicker though, the man and I regularly go to one restaurant where we’re on first name terms with the owner and I’m sure my portions are bigger than everyone elses.

  • Millie Rose

    mmm this looks delicious, wish i had something like this to eat right now haha, perf picture quality btw! :) x x

    • rae

      Thanks so much, Millie!

  • Okay, this looks so delicious! I really wanna travel because the food is the best part!

    Pop over to my blog :)


    • rae

      I definitely agree. Trying out different restaurants and cuisine really is one of the best parts about travelling!

  • Amy

    Wow, this looks amazing! I love going to restaurants like these, but being celiac can make it a little difficult ♥
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon

    • rae

      Oh I can imagine. I myself have a lot of food allergies – lactose, fructose and issues with acid – so I can sympathise. :(

  • Sounds incredible and nice when the food is equally as good for veges too! xxx

    • rae

      I love places that cater to all different sorts of dietary preferences!

  • Umami sounds like such a wonderful place for food, and the photos look so great! Bonus points for any kind of restaurant that serves good food for us vegetarians and vegans!

    May x • The MaydenBloglovin’

    • rae

      Oh definitely :)

  • Mmmm the food looks absolutely delicious

    Made in Mauve // Bloglovin

    • rae

      The food there really is amazing!

  • The food looks amazing! And if the staff is nice as well, it looks like you’ve found the perfect place Rae!

    Thanks for sharing this with us!

    ♥ ♥ ♥


    • rae

      Thanks Jeanne!

  • it’s always so nice when the people who work at places you go to all the time start to recognise you or remember your order or just acknowledge you. it makes all the difference and it definitely makes you want to go back to a place a lot more than when the staff are rude to you. and it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy if you do get a little bit of special treatment. :)

    jessica –

    • rae

      Oh I definitely agree. Just that small nod of acknowledgement and recognition from both sides is always nice. It’s also really nice when you get greeted by the staff with a, “We haven’t seen you for a while, nice to see you back!” as well.

  • Oh this Asian Fusion Food looks incredible!

    xo, Bry


    • rae

      It really is! If you are ever in Berlin, you should definitely try the food here!

  • Gosh you are perfect! I discovered your blog now and I’m loving it! <3
    Love, Annluck

    • rae

      Thanks so much Annluck, so glad you enjoy LFB!

  • Nancy Wilde

    my god, this looks over-the-edge yummy…!

  • You’ve just made my travel wish list grow longer! I’ve never really thought about visiting Berlin before, but now I’m intrigued! It’s always lovely when you find your restaurant soul mates :) and all these lovely food photos have made me so hungry!

    ♥.•*¨ AmandaSays ¨*•.♥

    • rae

      You definitely should come to Berlin if you ever get a chance. It is such an amazing city and very worth checking out! And yes, me and Umami are def. on friendly terms ;)

  • Arden Rubens

    YUM. I want this for lunch! Stat! xx


    • rae

      There is nothing better than asian fusion on a warm breezy summer day xx

  • oh yummm!!

    kisses from dubai ♥

  • Kim

    I’m a sucker for spring rolls and Asian food so I’m drooling over your photos right now! The design of the plates are so pretty with the hatchstrokes; I love it!

    • rae

      Thanks Kim! And yes, the plating at this Restaurant is lovely.