The word umaii in Japanese means “delicious” or “good.” It’s the perfect name for this Asian hotspot. Sushi and Thai food is served at Umaii in north Wilmington’s Porters Neck community. Toth Somsnith, from Laos, runs the operation.
At Umaii, look for Thai classics such as pad thai, drunken noodles, and crispy duck with basil and whole fish presentations. The curries are superb and are made from fresh ingredients and authentic herbs including Thai basil and lemongrass.
Soups at Umaii are delicious. Try the Tom Yum Goong or the Tom Kha Gai for authentic Thai tastes.
You’ll find less familiar specialties, as well. Kanon jeeb is a pork, shrimp and water chestnut steamed dumpling. Thai herbs season chaing mai, a housemade pork sausage. Lemongrass dressing naps crispy red snapper finished with fresh cilantro. Also find Japanese fusion dishes and hibachi-style selections.
Sushi makers work one end of a bar spanning nearly the full length of the restaurant. Beer, wine and cocktails are served. There are bar specials Monday through Thursday. Thursday evenings, for example, feature one half price on all bottles of wine. On Monday take advantage of reduced prices on featured cocktails or on half-price glasses of wine.
Sit inside or out on the screened patio, a lovely place on a summer evening. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday and 5 to 10 p.m. on Saturday. Umaii is closed on Sunday.
For more information visit www.umaiiportersneck.com