A new breakfast, brunch and Asian fusion spot, offering coffee, tea and more, has opened its doors in the neighborhood. The fresh arrival to East Peralta, called Café Umami, is located at 2224 MacArthur Blvd. (between May Ct. & Fruitvale Ave.)
This new spot features a seasonal rotating menu of customizable breakfast and brunch items, with a variety of house-made ingredients.
On the menu, expect to see breakfast items like overnight oats with chia seeds, honey, vanilla, yogurt and seasonal fruit; and poached egg and breakfast sausage over a green salad.
Look for toasts as well, like garlic toast with infused olive oil, parmesan, and honey; classic avocado toast with citrus juice and fresh pepper; and miso brown butter toast with a choice of toppings that include sardines and bonito flakes, mushrooms and nori, or pulled pork and kimchi.
Rounding things out are traditional coffee and espresso drinks, along with signature non-coffee drinks like a turmeric latte, medicinal herbal latte, and "broffee," a beef bone broth soup.
With a five-star rating out of 14 reviews on Yelp so far, Café Umami has already made a good impression.
Dr. X., who was among the first Yelpers to review the new spot on November 7th, said: "Just stopped in this morning on a whim. I'd been to the Mediterranean place that was here previously and, while sad to see them go, and was interested in what was coming in."
Yelper Rob L. added: “What a great new addition to the neighborhood! We tried both the garlic and the mushroom toast, respectively with a nicely spiced, perfectly poached egg. Yum!”
And Tricia M. said: "Beautiful space, nice people, and great menu. I ordered a grain bowl and it was absolutely delicious. They appear to ferment their own kimchi and sauerkraut."
Intrigued? Stop in to try it for yourself. Café Umami is open weekdays from 7:30am–5pm, and Saturday from 9am–3pm. (It's closed on Sunday.)