Last week, a friend took me to Umi Nom for dinner- Chef King Phojanakong’s, of the popular Kuma Inn on the Lower East Side, new Southeast-Asian joint that dishes out a variety of interesting and flavorful small plates. The 50-seat restaurant in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, is a narrow, brick and dark wood lined space that was once a former Laundromat.
Phojanakong’s, Filipino and Thai background influence the menu with dishes such as salt and pepper lollipop chicken wings with anaheim peppers, wok roasted manila clams with a spicy black bean sauce, fried spring rolls of shrimp, pork & glass noodles, and griddled beef patties in a pork bun with house pickles.
Along with a rice and noodle selections, Umi Nom also offers up a variety of vegetarian friendly dishes like; the crimini mushroom tofu skewers, panko crusted vegetables with a soy vinegar dipping sauce, and Asian market greens: sautéed with garlic. The name, Umi Nom means “to drink” so it is only natural that they will specialize in sakes by the glass and the bottle, including aged sakes, as well as nice wine and beer list, but unfortunately for us, the liquor license is still pending approval, so we were sent down the street to the local wine store to pick up a bottle where they then served our wine sans corkage fee. After dinner we managed to save a little room for dessert, we tried the warm Thai chili chocolate cake-which had the perfect amount of spice to rich chocolate flavor, making a great conclusion to the meal. Overall, I thought the restaurant was great and am excited that I had the chance to venture outside of Manhattan to explore one of Brooklyn’s hip new dining spots!
Good Food+Good Company=Good Times at Umi Nom!
433 Dekalb Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11205 (nr. Classon Ave.)
Note: This restaurant is cash only