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This week, I was in the mood for sushi. Being in the middle of the desert, you would think good sushi would be hard to find. But honestly, we have a lot of great sushi places around the valley.

The most popular concept is the All You Can Eat Sushi places. This week, we went to Umami located at 6640 N. Durango Drive in Centennial Hills. Umami is owned by the same group that owns Sushi Neko, which is one of my favorite sushi places in Chinatown, so I was looking forward to trying it.

I highly advise making a reservation early in the day as with limited seating right now due to COVID-19 restrictions, they fill up fast.

Umami offers All You Can Eat deals for lunch at $21.95 and dinner is $26.95. I started out with a few appetizer dishes. The spicy garlic edamame is always a great way to start. I also ordered the appetizer called “The S—t” and this appetizer is just that. It’s chopped salmon with whitefish and crab mixed and then deep fried. Trust me, this is a must appetizer.

Now it’s time to dig in and I always start with a nice assortment of sushi. My go to items are the Garlic Tuna, Salmon, Yellowtail and my favorite — the Super White Tuna. I always get two orders of the Super White Tuna as it is so good, just as it is at their other location Sushi Neko. It just melts in your mouth.

Next up are the rolls and they have an endless selection. One of the things I like best about Umami is that you can order half rolls. This is important especially for me as my wife doesn’t like sushi so almost all of my trips I’m flying solo. With that said, by being able to order half rolls enables you to try more things as a full roll by yourself will usually fill you up. But with halves I can try four different rolls.

One of the fun parts when ordering rolls is seeing some of the names of these rolls. They have a roll called I “Love my Ass Roll” which is one I like as it has spicy tuna and fried crab inside with Super White Tuna on the top of the roll. One of my other favorite rolls is the Bonita Senorita Roll which has Shrimp, Crab and Cucumber inside with Albacore, Green Onion and a Garlic Ponzu Sauce on top.

There are 70+ rolls to choose from so you will have no problem finding something you will like. Both lunch and dinner comes with one dessert choice. They have the traditional Japanese offerings like Green Tea Ice Cream, Mochi Ice Cream, Tempura Ice Cream and Affogato. I went with the Affogato which is ice cream with coffee poured over it.

The sushi was great and the wait staff was extremely attentive. For $26.95 for All You Can Eat is a tremendous deal, especially given the quality of the sushi. I give Umami a rating of 3.75 Forks. 

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