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Two New Brunches to Check out in Inman Square This Fall

Momi Nonmi debuts lunch and brunch today, while Moona starts Sunday brunch in November.


Shokado bento box at Momi Nonmi

Shokado bento box at Momi Nonmi. / Photo provided

The best part of waking up is brunch, and if you find yourself rising in Inman Square this fall, there are two new spots to break your fast. Momi Nonmi, the new izakaya from chef Chris Chung, debuts weekday lunch today, and launches a brunch menu on Saturday and Sunday. And then on Sunday, Nov. 5, Moona introduces an Arabic and Middle Eastern brunch menu on the other side of the neighborhood.

Chung, who was the original sashimi chef at Ken Oringer’s Uni, and a co-owner of Lincoln’s French-Japanese AKA Bistro, has a selection of Japanese-Hawaiian plates on both of his new menus. Start with tuna poké or vegetable donburi, with rice or salad; or a hot dish, like seafood okonomiyaki (savory pancake). Lunch offers more, and heartier, donburi, like Chung’s gluten-free, Hawaiian-style loco moco; and brunch brings more egg dishes to the table. Chung offers a selection of nine bites in a traditional, Shokado bento box during both lunch and brunch. And whether you visit on a weekday or the weekend, save room for house-made ice cream.

Sake sommelier Stephen Connolly has some brunch sakes at the ready, and there’s a new Bloody Mariko, a cocktail of tomato juice, yuzu kosho, and shochu.

Lunch is on at Momi Nonmi from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. On Saturdays and Sundays, brunch goes from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Check out the full, new menus below.

Next weekend, chef de cuisine Rory Lee serves brunch for the first time at Moona. The Eastern Mediterranean spot, one of our top new restaurants, is using traditional, Arabic and Middle Eastern ingredients and ideas to bring new flavors to brunch classics. Expect seasonal small plates like butternut squash and sumac fritters with feta, cranberries, sage, and maple syrup; and nutty granola with dried fruit, orange blossom honey, and yogurt. There will be a spicy tomato shakshuka; spinach and mushroom quiche; steak and eggs with red harissa; a kafta burger with sweet potato fries, and more.

At Moona, brunch is served 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays beginning November 5.

Momi Nonmi, 1128 Cambridge St., Cambridge, 617-945-7328, mominonmi.com.

Moona, 243 Hampshire St., Cambridge, 617-945-7448, moonarestaurant.com.

Moona Restaurant in Inman Square. / Photo by Brian Samuels provided