Have you tried this place yet?
It’s tucked away on the quieter end of Hunter St, but it’s worth ducking in for a mealSee our handpicked guides to Newcastle
BY ALICIA POOLE
If you haven’t popped in to see one of Newcastle’s newest cafes, you’re absolutely missing out and need to get in asap to sample the amazing food and coffee and gaze at their insane interiors.
Upon entering, you’re greeted with the incredibly friendly team working away behind the counter, one face you might recognise is that of Monique Ireland; who ran Newcastle’s East End, The Last Drop for 10 years.
What does Umami actually stand for?
The literal translation of the Japanese term means, ‘pleasant, savoury taste’, or better put; YUMMY. Therefore, Umami Bar, directly translates to; YUMMY BAR. With a name like that, surely, they can do no wrong!
“Umami prides itself on creating super delicious food and beverages that fill your taste buds with joy, that leave you wanting more. We also want to deliver to you this deliciousness in a quick amount of time, because let’s face it, everyone is pressed for time especially during the working week.
“We also aim to keep the prices down, good fresh food shouldn’t cost the earth, we want you to eat at Umami every day and for it to be affordable to all the people,” Monique tells me.
The shelves are stacked with one of Newcastle’s favourite coffee roasts; Floozy coffee. Locally owned and operated by Kristy Mujana and Priscilla Fisher; two amazing women.
“We feel privileged to work with such high-quality roasted beans, which means only the best cup of coffee is delivered to our customers every time.”
The food display cabinet at the front of the cafe is stocked with baked goods, a range of sandwiches, focaccias, and slices, or choose a freshly baked muffin; all created by food extraordinaire and Umami Chef, Paul Christopher. Paul has also crafted a menu that is full of all sorts of dishes ready to keep your taste buds tantalised.
The space itself is decked out with some incredible art from local artists. The walls are currently dressed in the work of Solly Vaughan, Ms Bridie Watt, and Lyndal Campbell; with Bridie’s and Lyndal’s work available for purchase!
“Please come and check us out, enjoy the awesome atmosphere, have a good time in our sanctuary and shrine to quality produce and quality people.”