About us

Meet the team

Tony Truong

Tony Truong - Head Chef

Tony took on the role of Head Chef at Mei Ume with the aim of putting his stamp on the new restaurant from the outset. Based on the traditional Cantonese style of cooking, learned through years working in Guangzhou, his cuisine reflects his passion for food.

Tony arrived in the UK almost 30 years ago and worked in various restaurant roles before becoming Head Chef at Royal China.

In almost 17 years with the company, Tony played an instrumental part in the expansion of the portfolio of restaurants, before seeking out a new challenge at Mei Ume.

Mun Seok Choi

Mun Seok Choi - Sushi Chef

Mun was inspired to become a chef from a young age. Born and raised in South Korea, he moved to the UK in 2003 to learn more about the European style of cooking and cuisine.

He is passionate about customer service and was drawn to the innovative concept of a restaurant serving Japanese and Chinese cuisine under one roof with a live Sushi Bar where he can interact with guests.

Before joining Mei Ume, he gained experience in Zuma and Sake no Hana.

Derrick Chen

Derrick Chen - Dim Sum Chef

Derrick is passionate about his craft and the opportunity to share his traditional style of Chinese Dim Sum with guests.

Originally from Malaysia, Derrick started his career in hospitality in Singapore as an assistant Dim Sum Chef.

Moving to the UK almost 14 years ago, he worked in some of London’s top Asian restaurants, including Hakkasan and Yauatcha, before joining the team for the launch of Mei Ume and adding his creative flair to the menu with his colourful dim sum selections.

Suil Ji

Suil Ji - General Manager

Born and raised in South Korea, Suil is a natural born leader and started his career in front of the camera.

Realising a passion for luxury hospitality and service, Suil moved to the UK to pursue his ambitions in a front of house role at Nahm, the first Thai restaurant in Europe to achieve a Michelin star, at The Halkin hotel.

Following stints with Aqua Kyoto and Hutong at the Shard, Suil missed the hotel environment and relished the chance to join Four Seasons as General Manager of Mei Ume.

Jan Konetzki

Jan Konetzki - Director of Wine

Jan’s role as Director of Wine at Ten Trinity Square incorporates not only the hotel’s three restaurant outlets but also a private member’s club and an impressive catering and events department

Originally from Lüneburg, Northern Germany, Jan moved to London in 2007, where he joined the team at the Gordon Ramsay Group.

His skills were soon recognised and he was appointed Head Sommelier at three Michelin star Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. Over the course of his career he has achieved a number of accolades including winner of the Moët UK Sommelier of the Year and Harpers Best Sommelier awards.

Design

East and west

In a Grade II8/listed heritage building – the 1922 former headquarters of the Port of London Authority – Ed Ng and Terence Ngan of AB Concept took inspiration from the building’s heritage as a gateway for merchants from the east and west and the restaurant name Mei Ume, which is a combination of the Japanese and Chinese language words for Plum Blossom.

A large screen at the entrance made with enamel paint on glass depicts the signature plum blossoms. Strategically placed at the entrance, this piece fuses the two worlds into one as a common language.