The elegance of Omakase has arrived in Lexington with the opening of Akame Nigiri & Sake at 1707 Massachusetts Avenue. Skip the trip into the city and splurge on a night of hand-crafted Japanese bites at the very intimate six-seat sushi bar where chef-owner Michael Monaco offers a chef’s choice tasting menu.
Lexingtonians might recognize Monaco from his time at Ken Oringer’s UNI in Back Bay. He started his career delivering seafood for Jasper White’s Summer Shack, and learned to cut and filet high quality fish working with Max Harvey (the current vice president of Wulf’s Fish). After a decade working in the wholesale seafood industry learning about distribution, he went to work for Oringer under (then) executive chef Tony Messina. He found his passion for sushi working behind the sushi and sashimi bar, honing his knife skills, learning nigiri and sashimi, and learning about rare and unique ingredients with sushi chef Akira Sugimoto. When it came time for Monaco to strike out on his own, he saw an opportunity to open his first business at the new cozy space tucked into Lexington’s Battle Green Historic District.
Akame offers a $160 Omakase menu Wednesday through Saturday, with seatings at 6:15 and 8:00pm and you can snag a spot at the bar via OpenTable. The menu highlights rare and extravagant ingredients, like Shinshu salmon with black truffle, and marble sole with Shimeji mushrooms, and many of their ingredients come from Japan’s Toyosu fish market, but you’ll also get to taste an array of interesting ingredients from around the world (and of course the region). The sake menu features a curated list of Japanese sakes that were selected to best complement each dish, plus there is a handful of wines by the glass as well as Kiminos (sparkling juice) and Choyas. Check out a full menu below and bookmark the website for menu updates, and give them a call at 781.538.6581 or drop an email with any Qs.