Mapelwood’s Yummi Tummi (previously known as Toasty Subs) continues to evolve two-plus years after its opening.
Despite its original name, Toasty Subs, which debuted in June 2017, offered not just sandwiches but sushi. Then, in February 2018, its menu expanded to encompass ramen; this past winter, the eatery changed its name and added yet another culinary option: bowls of the Hawaiian dish poke (cubed fish marinated in soy sauce and sesame oil, pronounced to rhyme with bouquet).
“We wanted to change the name because ‘Toasty Subs’ was a little misleading,” says Sophia Liu, the daughter of owners Alex and Lily Liu. Rightly describing the restaurant’s offerings as “a very unique combination,” she continues that the Liu family “wanted something that would help people know what to expect. I really appreciate the help and support from everyone over the years. We’re always trying to develop and improve, to make our food as appealing to our customers as possible.”
Regulars brainstormed potential new names, and the choice narrowed to Lily’s Lunchbox and Yummi Tummi. Customers then voted between the two, and a new brand (originally suggested by Dana Huth of Maplewood’s Mauhaus Cat Cafe and Lounge) was born.
The rebranding coincided with a light renovation of the eatery’s interior, including a fresh coat of black paint in the dining area, additional tables and colorful paintings by Liu family friend Fan Na Xin.
Visitors can still enjoy such best-sellers as a rainbow sushi roll, tonkotsu ramen topped with a requisite soft-boiled egg and an Italian sub with pepperoni, salami, capicola (Italian/Corsican pork), ham, provolone, black olives, tomatoes, red onions, lettuce and red wine vinaigrette.
Newer items on the broad board of fare include a toasty salmon-skin roll with (you guessed it) toasted salmon skin, cucumber, eel sauce and sesame seeds. Spicy steak ramen, another special-turned-mainstay, features a beef-bone broth with Black Angus steak (also used on the house cheesesteak).
Last but not least, the Lius, as noted, have most recently enlisted the restaurant’s eclectic stock for tuna or salmon poke bowls as lighter menu options. The rice bowls come topped with the diner’s choice of fish with cucumber, onions, lettuce, seaweed salad, edamame, masago (processed roe from a small fish called the capelin), crabmeat, ginger, poke sauce, spicy mayo and sesame seeds.
All in all, given the eclecticism of its menu, Yummi Tummi quite rightly should have diners humming “You’re the One That I Want” about some dish or other before enjoying Grease from STAGES St. Louis.
The change in names at the Lius’ eatery, by the way, engendered a change in beverages: Yummi Tummi now offers bubble tea, a standby, only on Fridays and Saturdays, in flavors like taro and mocha latte. That said, the family hopes to acquire a liquor license soon to offer sake, beer and wine, with “happy hour” now running on Wednesdays from 4 to 9 p.m. and featuring sushi specials.
Yummi Tummi, 3001 S. Big Bend, Maplewood, 314-833-3277, toastysubs-sushi.com