Friday, 14 December 2012 12:09
Yume Ume is not a fast food restaurant. It’s not your typical Japanese restaurant, either.
Simple, yet bold lights dangle from the ceiling, canisters of dried beans line the walls, and glass mason jars filled with chopsticks are on every table. Customers can choose from Asian buns, brought in from Uppercrust Bakery, or a bowl. “We believe that dreams are edible,” reads on one of the signs welcoming customers in line. That’s evident in the way the food is presented.
Story and photos by Katherine Kallergis
Feel Good About What You’re Eating
Formerly Rolls ‘n Bowls, Yume Ume has only been open since October. Marketing manager Jared Hansen says that the decision to reopen as a different restaurant was in part to become part of the slow food movement. “Some people wake up every morning and they know they can do better,” he says. “We wanted to get re-energized and take it to that next level.”
If you’ve ever been to Uppercrust Bakery, you know that their bread is amazing. The restaurant uses buns made fresh daily from Uppercrust and fills them with chicken, tofu, beef, pork, tempeh or the catch of the day. Steamed buns are a new addition to the already-satisfying menu. The melt-in-your-mouth slow cooked beef is reminiscent of mom’s home cooking—but with a little something extra.
You can get up to three sides when you purchase a bowl. We had the daikon and carrot, soy string beans, spring mix, and Asian corn and pepper. Daikon is a Japanese radish, which paired really well with the chicken ($7), beef ($8) and pork ($8) bowls. The Asian corn and pepper was served warm, and added a punch to our bowls, which were carefully presented.
Dust It Off
As we approached the register, we were given the option of “dusting off” our bowls with Yume dust, toasted sesame seeds and/or temp flakes. Our favorite was the Yume dust and toasted sesame seeds. Another tip? Get the guac and wonton chips ($3)! “There are a lot of people that miss Rolls ‘n Bowls,” Jared says. “But once they give it a try, they’re going to fall in love with it.”
Phone number: 352-271-1011
Address: 3117 SW 34th Street
Hours of operation: 11am- 10pm Sunday-Thursday, 11am-10:30pm Friday-Saturday
Signature dish: Pulled pork Asian bun
Dress code: casual
Delivery: Doorstep Delivery