March 14, 2023 By Marisa Olsen
American-Asian fusion culinary gem Nomai restaurant at Derby Street Shops will unveil a new sushi and raw fish menu to share with diners. Designed and crafted by chef Nic Gordon, sushi lovers will revel in classic and daring rolls as well as crudo, and other globally-inspired raw fish treats. The newly created raw menu will be available at all seatings and celebrated later this week.
For sake aficionados or those looking to gain more insight into the fermented Japanese rice beverage, Nomai is hosting a special event on Thursday, March 16. Nomai’s new sushi menu will be unveiled alongside sake pairings by The Sake Ninja, Chris Johnson, who is one of America’s leading sake experts. Guests will have an opportunity to taste and learn about the nuances of sake with an accompanying $5 participation fee for the sake experience. Sip and learn about sake while enjoying sushi and raw fish from the newly composed menu. For reservations for the March 16 experience, visit OpenTable; seatings are first-come, first-served.
Owner and restaurateur Brian Moy shares, “Our new menu has some of our Nomai classics, and we have listened to our audience and new friends to include more small plates designed for sharing. We are excited for the warm and sunny days ahead of us soon and can’t wait to enjoy the new menu on our patio alongside exciting programming for the season. We have heard all of you and are pleased to add sushi and ramen to our dynamic Nomai menu!”
We had the opportunity to sample and taste the latest raw menu. We found the sushi rolls to be thoughtfully created and composed. Each makimono roll tells a well thought-out story, marrying fresh and raw fish with brightness, texture, and depth.
Read on to discover some of our favorite new items from the raw menu as well as some of our personal tried-and-true Nomai favorites:
Hingham High Roll – composed of lobster, yuzu aioli, scallions, cucumber, beet juice tobiko, and potato pebbles. This roll packs a punch. We appreciated the playfulness of the lobster and brightness of yuzu, coupled with the sweetness of beet-infused sweet tobiko, and crunch of cucumber–an inventive way to incorporate New England into a sushi roll.
Salmon Dynamite Roll – torched salmon, avocado, cucumber, unagi sauce, and kewpie. We found a nuanced depth with this makimono roll. Imagine oily and fatty salmon torched to create a smokiness and char that lingers for a moment. The decadence of the fish goes hand-in-hand with the sweetness of the unagi (eel) sauce, and the creaminess of the kewpie mayo is an indulgent and umami-forward treat.
Surf & Turf – wagyu beef, avocado, tuna, candied jalapenos, scallion powder, truffle aioli, umami tobiko. This roll is an amalgam of flavors; diners will taste the ocean brininess from tuna, richness of wagyu steak, the sweetness and tang from candied jalapeno, and a bit of “pop” from the pearls of tobiko. An extravagant and special steakhouse favorite transformed into a sushi roll experience.
Nomai Pork Belly Bao – red-braised pork belly, miso maggie potato, micro lettuce. A tender, rich, and fragrant pork belly is served with miso umami potatoes and pocketed in a plump, light-as-air bao bun and served with micro lettuce shavings. A rich treat.
Steak Fried Rice – angus filet tenderloin, broccoli, egg, stir fry sauce. An elevated version of fried rice, the dish is presented with generous hunks of buttery tenderloin steak, crispy broccoli, red hot chilis, and plenty of velvety egg, served on a bed of fluffy-yet-crunchy-rice, and topped with a sprinkling of crispy sesame seeds and finished with a umami stir fry sauce.
Kogi Fried Chicken – ginger greens scallion sauce, rainbow slaw, Hainanese rice. This dish has always held a special place in our hearts since day one. The chicken is fried to perfection without feeling weighed down or greasy. We recommend blending every element of the dish together: the crispy chicken; crunchy, colorful vegetable slaw; and fragrant allium-rich green sauce topping. Served with a mountain of puffy sweet rice, this dish creates an unexpected, inventive, and elegant fried chicken experience.
Nomai continues to offer a space for inventive, creative, and delicious cuisine and fine dining, and we can’t wait to hear about your thoughts on the new sushi and raw menu!
94 Derby Street, Suite #217
Hingham, MA 02043
Wednesday – Thursday:
Dinner 3:30pm-9:00PM; bar open until 10pm
Dinner 3:30pm-10pm; bar open until 11pm
Dinner 3:30pm-10pm; bar open until 11pm
Dinner 3:30pm-9pm; bar open until 10pm