Japanese-Tibetan sushi restaurant to open in the 50th & France | Edina

MOMO Sushi, Chef Nyorie’s first restaurant, serves a shrimp tempura roll, which could be on the menu at its new location in Edina. (Photo courtesy of MOMO Sushi)

A new sushi restaurant will open at the 50th & France this fall.

AMA Sushi, offering Japanese and Tibetan cuisine, will open on the site of Hana Bistro, which closed its doors for good earlier this year. The restaurant is the second of Sonam Nyorie, owner and executive chef of MOMO Sushi restaurant in northeast Minneapolis.

Nyorie, who grew up in Tibet, moved to the United States in 2009 and started working for a sushi restaurant in New York City. At the time, Nyorie didn’t know what sushi was, he said. After working at several restaurants on the East Coast – and even in North Dakota – Nyorie eventually decided to open her own food truck in 2016 called Volcano Hibachi, which traveled in and around Minneapolis.

Then, two years later, Nyorie wanted to open her own brick and mortar restaurant, specializing in Japanese and Tibetan dishes. This allowed Nyorie to combine his skills in the sushi restaurant industry with his familiarity with the foods he grew up with, he said.

“I thought to myself, why not combine Japanese and Tibetan cuisine? Nyorie told Sun Current. “It would be very special.

This restaurant, MOMO Sushi, offers the same two Nyorie staples that will be featured in the new restaurant. It’s Japanese-inspired sushi and momo, a type of steam-filled dumpling often served in Tibet on special occasions, Nyorie said.

But the two establishments will not have the same menu items, he added. The new restaurant will give Nyorie the opportunity to create new dishes.

“It’s something that excites me because I can create more new items,” Nyorie said.

Dishes currently on offer at MOMO Sushi that may hint at what will appear at AMA Sushi include shrimp tempura rolls, lo mein, and teriyaki beef.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way Nyorie does business. Until May, MOMO Sushi was only open for take out. But once the restaurant reopened for indoor dining, customers began to pour in, prompting Nyorie to start looking for additional space, he said.

The new space, located at 5031 France Ave. S., will open at the former location of Hana Bistro, which opened about four years ago. In a statement on Nextdoor, as sent to Sun Current, the owners announced the closure to community members.

“Goodbye and thank you from Hana Bistro – Thank you for your support and business over the past four years, especially during the madness of 2020,” the statement read.

Nyorie said he was looking forward to this new opportunity and that he would meet with the restaurant neighbors in Edina. “It’s exciting,” he said.

AMA Sushi will likely open this fall, Nyorie said.

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