Facts you didn't know about Umami

5 facts about Umami

  1. Umami?

u·ma·mi – noun

A category of taste in food (besides sweet, sour, salt, and bitter), corresponding to the flavor of glutamates, especially monosodium glutamate.

Umami is better known as the fifth taste. Most commonly known defined as a savory pleasant taste. Or as Épicerie Umami defines it “A savory acumen that is both exotic and familiar.

  1. Because Science

Let’s take a look at what makes Umami, Umami. It’s a taste we savor through receptors specific to glutamate. This chemical compound known as Monosodium Glutamate. Now, this compound it made from the sodium salt of glutamic acid. This is one of the most abundant and naturally recurring non-essential amino acids.

Fun facts about MSG

It is soluble in water

It is not hygroscopic.

Insoluble in common organic Solvents like ether.

  1. Because History

How did Umami come about to be? Now Umami(Glutamate) has been around since ancient Rome. With a long history of cooking, it wasn’t until 1903 was the term Umami first coined by chemist, and professor Kikunae Ikeda. He noted how glutamate was responsible for the lusciousness of the broth from Kombu seaweed. This made his realize, the taste of Kombu dish was unlike the four basic taste (sweet, sour, bitter, and salty). Therefore, he named it Umami.

  1. Ancient Rome widely used fermented fish sauces which are rich in glutamate.

  1. Umami in natural foods.

Foods such as almonds, walnuts, sea vegetables, black olives, red bell peppers, soy products are rich Umami foods.

Which brings us too… Tomatoes. Tomatoes are one of the richest foods with umami components. Where do you get this tomatoes? That leads us to…

9 Things you didn’t know about Épicerie Umami 


  1. You say To-may-to, I say To-mah-to

At the end, we all know the best tomatoes are from Épicerie Umami. These scrumptious, glutamate rich, plump red fruit, are from Les Jardin Épicés owned by Sylvia Julia Meriles. They also supply all their fresh and bio produce. For more information visit: www.facebook.com/LesJardinsEpices 

  1. Olive oil for days

Bring your bottle or buy on site, and fill it up with Olive Pressee olive oil or Balsamic Vinegar. Olive Pressee another great supplier owned by Bruno. More information visit: http://www.olivepressee.com/en/

  1. Un Café s’il vous plait

An array of unique, and international coffee offered by Kittle Coffee adorn Épicerie Umami. 


  1. The A team

Not only are the products amazing with a rich history and philosophy behind each, Epicirie Umami has an amazing team. Three baristas, Brianna, Beatrice and Marc. Two chefs Frederic and Antoine.

Not only that, but behind this team, is a legion of other helpers such as Ludovic from Camellia Sinensis, Steve from L’Amour du Pain, Hank and Yuki from Patisserie Yuki, Laurent& Donia from Lichen communication, and Chin from O’Mari (les pâtes) and Umami’s owner Dinh Tuan Tran who helped organize a successful sidewalk sale.

  1. Le Chateau Umami

Epicerie Umami is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. It is an elegant, modern chic space decked out in grey, white and black with Marble texture and accented with wood. Organized throughout the space are open top, square refreidertures where all the ingrediants for a recipe can be found. That leads us to fact.

  1. Recipes for everyone

A unique feature Épicerie Umami offers, is recipes that are adaptable for every diet. They offer 12 recipes:

  • 3 meat choices,
  • 3 fish and seafood choices
  • 2 vegetarian
  • 1 vegan choice from Naïby Jacque (deboncru.com)
  • 1 signature dish from Épicerie Umami
  • 2 deserts according to season.

They are all for two, so no food is wasted. They are varied from beginner to expert.

  1. Ingredients to go

Ingredients for the recipes above vary from 14,95 to 25, 95 to make. You can buy one product or all which are required for the recipes. It’s at your convenience and flexible.

  1. Don’t have time? No problem.

The most unique feature of Épicerie Umami offers pret-a-manger services, homemade patisseries and excellent coffee offered by Kittel Coffee to go.

  1. Épicerie Umami is Visionary.

It is high end, high quality, aesthetically pleasing, and just straight out visionary. When it comes down to food, it meets all your needs. But its more than about food. Going to Umami is an gastronomic adventure. It’s to be willing to try the fifth taste. Most of all it is an experience.

Click here to read our Umami Experience.

Épicerie Umami is a visionary grocery store, and here in Montreal we get to experience it. On a daily basis. Want to be there when it all begins?

For more information, visit http://www.epicerieumami.ca/hype/#/side-menu21/pageaccueil2

 We hope to see you at the inauguration in late November. 

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Sylvia Julia Meriles

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