Warsaw Local visited Uki Uki Review, Krucza 23/31, 00-521 on 20th February 2016
Uki Uki (as of writing) has 300+ five star reviews on their Facebook page. As one of the rare Japanese restaurants in Warsaw, we wanted learn what all the hype was about. Let’s see if they really can lived up to their five star standards.
Finding the location
In all our reviews we use the Palace of Culture and Science as a point of reference. Uki Uki is easy to find and is within walking distance of the Palace. It took us about 12 minutes to walk there.
Here are some pictures of the outside to make it easier to find:
Prices and Menu
The menus is presented in both English, Polish and Japanese. You can find the full menu on their website.
– Buta shabu udon
– Buta curry udon
– Matcha Green Tea cream
– Macha au lait tea
– Kirin beer
Our total bill came to: 97zl
The pricing is very reasonable. This comes in to the exotic food category, but without the exotic price. You’ll find almost all the restaurants in the same area or walking distance will provide two mains, drinks and dessert for the same price.
Our Personal Experience
Quality of food and Waiting time
We arrived at a very busy time (18:30 on a Friday) and the place was very lively. Luckily we were able to be seated right away, but we would highly recommend you call ahead and book a table, if you have a group size of 6+.
After placing our order, we waited less than 10 minutes and our drinks were served instantly. With our drinks, we were served this:
And we were told to bash up the seeds to release the flavor. It was a nice experience and cool talking point.
I ordered Buta shabu udon.
It was very nicely presented. On a wooden tray, and with an authentic spoon and chop sticks.
My first spoonful made my eyes open! Absolutely blown away! It was full of tastes I’d never experienced. The broth (pork) was exciting, the more I ate, the more I enjoyed it.
The noodles were thick and like no other noodles I had tasted. They had an amazing flavour, texture and a polite chewiness to them.
My guest ordered Buta curry udon
We ordered a single dessert of Matcha Green Tea cream to share:
I know the name of the dish is ‘cream’, but it was very creamy. The flavours were unique and different to your standard dessert. A nice dish to share, but not something I could complete on my own.
We also ordered a Macha au lait tea and Japanese beer.
The tea is difficult to describe, neither of us enjoy the taste. It was very unique to say the least. If you’re adventurous, then give it a try.
The beer was light and full of polite flavour’s. I personally really enjoyed it and it was a nice break away from the same old Polish beers we have all had a million times.
The service was very impressive. We were seated quickly and after placing our order, our drinks were served almost instantly.
When serving our drinks the waiter presented what looked like two pills in front of us and then began to pour hot water on top of them and then they began to grow in to these these:
I was confused, surprised and impressed at the same time. After about 15 seconds, they grew in to this:
This was a really cool experience and a really nice talking point. It was a great way for the waiter to interact with us and a great way to put a smile on our face before even serving our food. Very unique.
Decor and Atmosphere
The place was very nicely decorated and differently had a Japanese vibe to it. The walls were covered in what looked like cool and chic Japanese art work.
We were at Uki Uki at a very busy time, so there was a lot of movement and a great atmosphere. With the smells of the kitchen, the hustle and bustle of the other clients, I could have closed my eyes and imagined myself in a city centre Japanese restaurant.
Everyone spoke English here. The menu is present in Polish, English and Japanese.
We were also very lucky enough to be able to speak with the owner. A very humble Japanese man with amazing English. He was able to tell us more about the history of the venue and the food. We were only there for 45 minutes, but left feeling like apart of the family.
Room for Improvement and things to note
We were REALLY impressed with our visit Uki Uki. It tick every box in providing the perfect dinning experience.
Something important to note, is that this place can get extremely busy! If you’re planning to visit Uki Uki at peak dinner hours with a large group, then it would be really important to call ahead to book a table.
Overall, Uki Uki has to be visited! If you’re looking for something new and want to awaken your sleeping taste buds, then look no further!
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