Sushi springs up in Mission Hill this week with the soft opening of Laughing Monk Cafe, the new resident of 737 Huntington Ave., which formerly housed SoulFire BBQ. With a limited menu available this week, Laughing Monk is headed for an official opening on May 2, with plans for a grand celebration later on in the month, according to Dome Nakapakorn, a partner in the restaurant with Todd Lamothe.
Toting the tagline of “Thai by Day, Sushi by Night,” Laughing Monk will feature both options for lunch and dinner, with sushi chef Nick Korboon (an alum of O Ya) slinging dishes like Golden Naga (gizzard shad topped with homemade Japanese citrus bubbles, shisho leaves, and edible gold with mango sauce) and Faroe Island Salmon (torched salmon with salted wasabi stems and Thai tea-flavored salmon roe).
“We are very excited to be bringing fantastic sushi to the Brigham Circle/Mission Hill neighborhood,” Nakapakorn told Eater in an email. “We’d love to be a new destination for sushi.”
Laughing Monk is working to secure its liquor license and will serve soft drinks in the meantime. The restaurant is closed Mondays but open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 9:30 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 12 to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 12 to 9 p.m.
• Laughing Monk Cafe Will Take Over for SoulFire in Mission Hill [EBOS]
• Laughing Monk Cafe [Official Site]