Update [7/10/18]: YUME in Matthews is closed and has moved to Charlotte at 1508 S. Mint Street!
Tucked in a strip mall in Matthews, there’s a white neon sign that says “YUME.” That’s it. If you aren’t paying attention, you might miss it.
But now that you know about it (or if you’ve driven by and wondered), you should absolutely go inside.
Owners Tony and Rosena opened YUME Bistro only six months ago after moving to Charlotte from San Francisco. A friend recommended our city, and after a five-day visit, the couple fell in love with the QC.
Tony and Rosena invited the @bestfoodcharlotte crew out for dinner. I won’t lie; I was a little hesitant about driving out to Matthews. In 5:00 traffic, it took me 40 minutes.
Luckily (and not surprisingly), it was so worth it.
You won’t find lo mein, hibachi, or fried rice at YUME. Instead, you’ll be introduced to authentic Japanese dishes made by Tony, a Japanese master chef.
My personal favorite was the Katsu Donburi, and if you like fried rice, you’ll love this dish. I can’t wait to go back and try the Oyako Donburi (marinated chicken instead of pork cutlet).
Side note: “Donburi” is a general term for “bowl,” so it’s a Japanese rice bowl.
I don’t think you can go wrong at YUME, but if you’re lost, just ask the owners for suggestions. They clearly know what they’re doing.
(Everything on this sampler platter was delicious, but the best was the tender, juicy steak.)
What are you waiting for? Tell Tony and Rosena @bestfoodcharlotte sent you!
This post was created after a complimentary meal from YUME. All opinions are my own.