With so many meal delivery options and gourmet caterers in Singapore, you don’t have to lift a finger to enjoy restaurant-quality food at home or the office. Recently, I tried (and loved!) cloud kitchen concept Umame. This online food delivery and restaurant takeaway service fuses Japanese flavours with French cooking techniques. From bento box lunch delivery to shared plates with fine-dining elements, Umame is perfect for cosy home parties or office meetings.
Umame was started by a group of friends who together have a combined total of more than 40 years of industry experience. After attending culinary arts school, the founders sharpened their skills at top restaurants and catering companies in the last 10 years. With an expertise in French cooking techniques, paired with a love for Japanese food culture and flavours, Umame was born. The gourmet meal delivery service aims to deliver sensational flavours straight your doorstep. Here’s how they do it!
Communal dining at its finest
I recently had friends over for a get-together and ordered some of Umame’s signature shared plates. In contrast to traditional fine-dining meals, which can feel overly stiff and formal, the shared plates format invites you to customise your food selections. This means you get to try a bit of everything, whenever you like. This communal dining concept works exceptionally well if you’re hosting at home, as the ambience is much more relaxed.
Everything was spot-on scrumptious; in fact, it’s hard to pick a favourite dish. What I do know is that we quickly demolished the Angus grain-fed pulled beef cheek with roasted onion gratin. Fork tender, shredded chunks of meat paired with sweet, juicy whole onions, each mouthful was a flavour bomb. We were also impressed by the hearty (but not heavy) mentaiko cream pasta with tobiko, tomatoes, nori and scallion – al dente perfection. Need something to cut through the richness? Another big hit for us was the veggie-friendly barley miso roasted butternut squash with kale, quinoa, soy vinaigrette, cranberries and crème fraîche.
The portions were generous and flavours were well-executed – what’s not to love? We were stuffed by the end of our feast, and even had leftovers for lunch the next day!
Fuss-free meal delivery: bento boxes
Let’s be honest: weekdays at work can be rather blah. Why not switch things up with an office lunch delivery of thoughtfully crafted bento boxes? Each Japanese-inspired bento features a well-balanced mix of protein, carbs and greens prepared with love and lots of flavour. The sous-vide medium-rare salmon bento ($17.80), for example, includes roasted potatoes and a kale salad with soy vinaigrette. There’s also kombu butter baked chicken ($13.80) with dashi rice pilaf, which sounds absolutely delish. And if you’re working from home, these curated bento boxes are the perfect pick-me-up for weekday lunch or dinner!
A step towards sustainability
On top of delivering deliciousness, Umame is constantly looking for ways to become more sustainable. For example, the bentos are packed in eco-friendly, biodegradable ware made from sugarcane and other composted materials that are certified food-grade.
If you’re looking to go green, try the plant-based bento. Featuring a grilled Impossible patty ($18.80) with soy-braised daikon, roasted potatoes and kale salad, this satisfying option will please even the pickiest palate. It also helps that the ecological footprint of Impossible meat is significantly less than beef, so you can indulge guilt-free. In fact, a single Impossible patty accounts for 12 times less greenhouse gas emissions as compared to a regular beef patty!
In support of the government’s vision to promote sustainable farming and agriculture within the local community, the gourmet meal delivery service makes a conscious effort to source its ingredients from local producers, as much as possible. For example, the barramundi featured in one of the shared plates is from BluCurrent, a seafood supplier located off Pasir Ris Coast. Paired with caramelised miso, charred corn and furikake, the fish boasts a clean, delicate and sweet tasting flavour of freshness from the sea. By working closely with local producers, the team is also able to ensure better consistency in terms of the freshness and quality of the ingredients.
Planning a housewarming party or family dinner at home? Keep your eyes peeled for Umame’s upcoming launch, the Umai Boxes! These big sharing plates include one main meat carving or seafood item, accompanied by a plethora of sides and sauces. We’re drooling over the thought of butter-roasted lobster, served with an assortment of irresistible sides like roasted corn with furikake, and a refreshing Japanese cucumber salad. It sounds like the perfect feast for your guests!
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