Charlotte Restaurants

YUME Bistro Brings Authentic Japanese Cuisine to Matthews

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.

Tonkotsu Shio Ramen: pork bone broth with pork chashu, bean sprout, sweet corn, menma (bamboo shoots), scallion, garlic, nori, and aji-tama (marinated egg)

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.

Vegetable Gyoza: Japanese pan-fried dumplings

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.

Ahi Poke Salad:  sashimi-grade yellow tuna in cubes, mixed with sesame seeds, sesame oil,  nori, soy sauce, and scallions

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.

Kakuni Bao: braised pork belly with green onion and special sauce
Karaage Chicken: Japanese fried chicken (aka delicious chicken nuggets)

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.

Chicken Katsu Curry: fried chicken with curry sauce

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.

The works!!! Soft-shell crab, chicken wings, steak, and jumbo shrimp

(Everything on this sampler platter was delicious, but the best was the tender, juicy steak.)

And my favorite… Katsu Donburi: pork cutlet with pan-fried onions and scrambled eggs over rice

What are you waiting for? Tell Tony and Rosena @bestfoodcharlotte sent you!


Ginger ice cream, green tea ice cream, & chocolate mochi

This post was created after a complimentary meal from YUME. All opinions are my own.


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