Fóumami: the story behind our name
Is Fóumami a real name — and why is Buddha jumping over the wall? Fóumami is a contraction that loosely translates to “what Buddha finds to be most delicious.”
The “Foo” Part: “Foo” is the Chinese word for Buddha. According to age-old Chinese folklore, a local villager was cooking a meal near a Buddhist monastery. As the wind carried the scent of the meal afar, it caught the attention of Buddha. The smell of the food was so enticing that Buddha, despite his strict vegetarian diet, would sneak out of the monastery by jumping over its wall to steal a taste.
The “Umami” Part: While it may have taken seconds for Buddha to scale the wall, it took more than a century for scientists to concede Japanese scientist Kikunae Ikeda’s theory that a fifth basic taste existed beyond sweet, salty, sour and bitter. “Umami” (a loanword from Japanese meaning “flavor” or “taste”) refers to a savoriness or depth of flavor that is often derived from combining and reducing down the components of one food — or many.
Fóumami is a contraction that loosely translates to “what Buddha finds to be most delicious”. Customers who come to Fóumami and eat our foods experience first-‐hand why Buddha was compelled to jump over the wall – meaning that Fóumami serves very delicious foods!
To make our Grilled Ribeye Steak Sandwich at Fóumami truly memorable, we’ll labor over the sauces, oils, vegetables and spices that we put into our homemade Korean barbeque–inspired marinade, instead of getting something out of a bottle. This passion for umami reflects our commitment to creating multi-layered flavors that delight your senses with each successive bite.
- What does Fóumami mean?
- Please go to the Our Name section of our website for more information.
- What is an Asian sandwich?
- Please go to the Asian Sandwiches section of our website for more information.
- Does Fóumami offer take-out?
- Yes. Fóumami is a fast-casual restaurant, and all of our menu items are available for you to take-out.
- I’m a vegetarian. What can I eat at Fóumami?
- If you’re in the mood for a sandwich, we would recommend the Atsuage Tofu or any of our other tofu-based sandwiches. If you prefer a salad, any of our salads can be made vegetarian friendly; just order yours without meat (perhaps also sans the egg) or substitute with tofu.
- Do you offer gift certificates or a loyalty/rewards program?
- Yes. Please contact our restaurant for more information or to sign up.
- Do you offer catering?
- Yes. Please go to Catering for more information.
- What’s the difference between catering and delivery?
- If you place a take-out or delivery order, you will receive individually wrapped sandwiches, salads, or soups with side dishes and other menu items portioned for one. However, if you place a catering order, the food is served in a manner which is meant to be enjoyed by a larger group of individuals. Also, catering orders are packaged more aesthetically, and provide options for including specialty off-menu food items.
- Your FAQ does not answer my question?
- We apologize, but perhaps your question may not be all that common. Please go to the Feedback section of our website and contact us with your question.