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Umami is the “fifth flavour,” distinguished by scientists from the classic four tastes of sweet, salty, sour and bitter. It’s associated with Japan – it was there that umami was “discovered,” and it’s with Japanese food (for example, soy sauce) that this flavour is linked.In Search of Umami
MIKOŁAJ WIĘCKOWSKI
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One of the food products in which umami is the most obvious is soy sauce. It’s associated with Japan as strongly as the “fifth flavour,” since not many people can imagine Japan’s numerous, interesting dishes without it – particularly sushi. The simplicity of sushi is deceptive, since when it’s prepared by a true master of Japanese cuisine, this trivial combination of fish and rice can transform into a miracle with an unmistakeable flavour. In Kraków, Edo Sushi was the first authentic sushi restaurant. It opened in the early 2000s as a result of the “love of sushi” felt by its owners, Joanna Ryciak and Piotr Zajączkowski. This is not an exaggeration, since they know the sushi market inside and out both in Poland and abroad, and they’re able to talk about Japan for hours. Edo Sushi is rather traditional, despite the fact that there are many variations on the standard dishes. But right next to this restaurant, a real culinary revolution is taking place. Edo Sushi’s younger sister, Edo Fusion, presents a whole array of atypical meals – an excellent option for those who have already tried classic sushi many times and are in search of more dishes to sample. The menu ranges from a ramen noodle burger to Asian-style mussels. Here, Japan is just a starting point for a culinary journey – the meals are inspired from the traditions not only of Asian countries, but also from Mediterranean and New York cuisine. The entire operation is overseen by the owners as well as the outstanding head chef, Tomasz Stanek, who has led the Edo team nearly from the beginning. The fusion of flavours that the restaurant’s name makes reference to is not, however, solely a gimmick, but a well-thought-out approach to creating unique meals. Edo’s “parents” recall their first attempts at creating their own propositions for Polish consumers based on green tea: ice cream and crème brûlée. You can still try these two treats in the restaurant today, as well as a Thai curry which is created here from scratch. And this is just a small glimpse of the extensive menu which is made up of high-quality ingredients brought here from the furthest corners of the globe. edosushi.pl edofusion.pl SEVERAL OF THE MEALS ON OFFER Japanese bento lunch – 27 zł Yakitori shashlik with prawns – 24 zł Maki maxi sushi set (18 pieces) – 43 zł Ramen soup – 29 zł