I read awesome reviews about Umami restaurant, located in NYX Hotel, an all inclusive resort but this resto is open to public. The resto is indoor dining only so I ordered takeout instead, and watched how quickly the place filled up on. I am not comfortable eating indoors during a pandemic so I was double masked and sipped a delish mai tai while waiting (90 pesos). The staff (Ivonne, Victor, Nadia & Anayelli) couldn't be nicer or more accommodating. I really enjoyed their hospitality and professionalism. They are excellent at what they do and put out high quality food. The fish in the sushi is very high quality...and cheap. I had a fantastic spicy salmon hand roll, spicy tuna maki roll (thanks to the previous reviewer) and the cobia fish of the day sashimi (150 pesos for 5 beautiful large cuts of sashimi) which was scrumptious with the jalapeño chili soy sauce that they packed for me. The seaweed salad was good and the fried rice very salty. There is a hibachi grill and the people seated around it seemed to enjoy the entertainment of the chef. The staff was masked but patrons are seated rather close to one another at the hibachi and sushi counter. There was a smaller dining room with less people seated.
I personally enjoyed the wonderful food here, but only for takeout. Here is my hesitation to recommend this place for both travel into the restaurant and for dining in person here during a pandemic. I entered from the beach side, passing by the Magic Bar to the restaurant entrance, this outside tiki bar was random drunk maskless people having random drunk convos all over one another. The resto is indoor service only so I sat at the counter double-masked and ordered takeout, watching how quickly the place filled up and sipped a great mai tai while waiting (90 pesos). Exited through the hotel...only staff is masked up, 80% + of the guests traipsing around were unmasked. As I walked out, there were a group of boys carrying a nearly lifeless kid into the main lobby, all of them were hammered. The NYX a hotel lobby stunk of a perfume aroma, hopefully that will disinfect the virus that is surely running rampant there. If I owned this fabulous restaurant, I'd offer a separate entrance path from the hotel or allow curbside pickup of food outside of the hotel and post the menu online so that takeout orders can be easily placed by phone or online for pickup. I also would discourage anyone from staying at NYX, even if it weren’t a pandemic.
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