This new speakeasy is hidden inside a matcha resto

Nomu puts an interesting spin to cocktails by putting fruits, matcha, and… a rubber ducky

Nomi’s bright interiors and matcha- and acai-filled meals are a front. Literally.

The restaurant, which boasts a healthy selection of dishes and drinks, as well as some relatively trendy desserts, is but a front for BGC’s bar-hopping crowd. If you go straight to the back of Nomi Matcha, past all the tables and beyond the kitchen, and push open a black wall door adorned with a gold folding fan, you’ll stumble into a brand new speakeasy aptly called Nomu.

While both Nomi and Nomu are named after the word that means “to drink” in Japanese (to put it simply), the difference is in the kind of drinks offered at the two spots. Nomi features sweet, refreshing, matcha-based drinks, while Nomu focuses more on cocktails and Japanese whiskey.

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Nomi Matcha’s matcha refresher. Photo by Danica Condez
Nomu’s matcha amaretto sour
Some of Nomu’s special Japanese whiskey, set against the bar’s zen garden-inspired walls

This duality, the Nomi/Nomu owners say, is reminiscent of the concept of yin and yang—seeming opposites that actually balance out. The bar also features a slightly zen theme with its interiors: the walls are adorned with Shiro Tsujimura paintings, and are textured in a way that’s reminiscent of zen gardens with its neatly raked pebbles.

The drinks and chow, however, are more on the modern side. Nomu’s signature cocktails are made by mixologist Cedric Cello, the 2016 La Maison Cointreau champion.

Starting with something not too far from the speakeasy’s restaurant counterpart is the Matcha Amaretto Sour. It’s as straightforward as it’s called: basically an amaretto sour, but made green and sweet with matcha.

Nomu’s head bartender Cedric Cello pouring a glass of Ducky Punch
Ducky Punch

They also have the Ducky Punch—basically a vodka-based concoction served in a punch bowl and topped with a cute rubber duck. The bowl comes steaming cold, thanks to the dry ice. Once scooped into a glass, the drink comes with slices of watermelon and lemon, and topped with a sprig of basil—all resulting in a refreshing drink. The overall “innocent” package (I blame the duck) could betray you in the end, if you take the whole punch bowl for yourself.

You can also enjoy a rather unconventional cup of “tea” at the speakeasy with a yet-to-be-named drink. The gin-based drink is infused with cucumber, lemon, and mint. Since the drink is still unnamed, we were told we could just come to the bar ask for “the teacup.”

A yet-to-be-named gin-based drink


Jumbo Chili Pepper Rolls
Salmon Miso
Sisig fries

Pair any of these cocktails with some bar chow. Nomu pretty much covers a lot of the classics: asparagus bacon wraps, club sandwiches, spicy edamame, yakitori sticks, sisig fries, and even nachos. They also have a blown up version of those dynamite sticks, which they call the jumbo chili pepper rolls.

Nomu, true to its name, also has quite a list of alcohol available, from single malts, tequilas, and beers, to gin, vodka, rum, and a variety of whiskey. Whatever drink or dish you choose though, don’t worry. There’s no need to put up a front; just unwind however way you want.



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