Behind the Plate

By Margaret Smith, Wicked Local Westford

Posted Dec. 10, 2015 at 6:00 AM

Nobo Restaurant, Chelmsford, MA, Wicked Local Westford News Article,

Nobo Restaurant with Wicked Local Westford

Learn more about Nobo Restaurant at 18 Boston Road in Chelmsford.
 CHELMSFORD

Name of staff and position: Theresa Yu, owner and manager; Jon Yu, operations manager; Julian Yu, dining manager

Hometown: Jaffrey, N.H., moved to Chelmsford last year. Theresa Yu is originally from Hong Kong.

How long have you worked here?: Opened since last March.

How do you describe the kind of food Nobo serves?:

Julian Yu: We are a modern Japanese restaurant. We take Japanese cuisine, and we incorporate pan-Asian and Western influences.

Jon Yu: The name Nobo means, “no boundaries.” That is really what we are all about.

Favorite dish on the menu: Theresa Yu: (Pan-seared) bacon, bacon, shrimp and scallop — the jumbo shrimp entree, because of the flavor.

Julian Yu: My favorite would be the crispy Chilean sea bass, in spiced glaze with asparagus. Lightly buttered, with a nice glaze on top of it.

Jon Yu: I’m a sushi fan. I like the fire maki special — spicy tuna roll, spicy crab roll and salmon jalapeño roll topped with an explosion of crunchy caviar and drizzled in three spicy sauces.

What’s new on the menu?:

Jon Yu: Each and every month, we have a specialty maki. For Thanksgiving, we have the maki gobbler — turkey, sweet potatoes and crabs.

Julian Yu: Pretty much all turkey leftovers.

How often does the menu change?:

Jon Yu: We have specialty makis for each season.

Julian Yu: We have been changing a lot. A lot of the customers like to try new things. We take our menu seriously. We make 18 specialty meals.

What vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free options are offered?:

Julian Yu: We have gluten-free teriyaki sauce, and soy sauce we have access to.

Theresa Yu: We have some vegetarian dishes.

Julian Yu: We try to cater to all different types of dietary needs and palates.

What locally grown food/produce are used in the restaurant’s dishes?:

Jon Yu: Our distributors are all based in Boston, and in the Boston area.

The best thing about working here:

Julian Yu: For me, it’s the great interactions we have with the customers.

Jon Yu: We are a family run restaurant. We treat our staff and customers as family.

Theresa Yu: We recognize everyone’s names.

Jon Yu: We have a very loyal following, through past restaurants we’ve had over the past 20 years.

What makes Nobo stand apart from other restaurants in the area?

Julian Yu: Jon and I essentially grew up in the restaurant business. We have learned from the ground up what it takes.

Jon Yu: Once you take a look at our menu, you realize we are a completely different restaurant from what you are used to. We are very chic, very modern. There is nothing like it in the area.

Julian Yu: We are very customer-centered. We make it our priority to have great relationships with our customers.

Jon Yu: We are pretty much bringing the bigger Boston restaurant to the suburbs, while maintaining a close-knit family style. We are the best of both worlds.

About Nobo Restaurant

LOCATION 18 Boston Road, Chelmsford

HOURS Monday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday noon to 10 p.m.

CONTACT 978-770-2499, noborestaurant.com

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