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Oct 14, 2009 05:46 PM

New Asian bistro coming to English Village in Montgomeryville

went to iron hill tonight to meet a friend for dinner and walked down to trader joe's after. between the j jill and banana republic is going to be an asian bistro called kumo. I checked out their website, very interesting! :)
Anyone have any experience with kumo?

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  1. just was in english village center last night and noticed this place is now open. curious if anyone has had the chance to try this place.

    11 Replies
    1. re: GM330

      I picked up a menu from there yesterday. It looks pretty good (but so did the new Sushikazu's). I'll probably give it a shot in the near future.

      1. re: mitchh

        We ate at Kumo on Saturday night & we were super happy with it. beforehand, I thought to myself: "Cannot believe there is another sushi place in this area saturated with sushi places." However, Kumo stands out. Delicious toro. Crazy roll (black pepper tuna & avocado outside, spicy crunchy tuna inside) was ridiculously good. Apps & fresh oysters looked yummy but did not have any. Nearby tables were also raving about the food. They also gave us complimentary glasses of wine. Service was excellent & very attentive. Three people stopped by to ask if we had questions, albeit it was early in the evening. Way better than local competitors like Ooka, Fuji (across 309) or Minado. Slightly pricier than the excellent Cho Cho San 5 minutes away, but worth it as more diverse menu & much nicer atmosphere. A little dark on the decorating for my taste, but maybe that's just me. Overall, EXCELLENT!

        1. re: knappy123

          Had dinner there on Friday night
          Have to disagree. I had assorted sashimi which
          was fair at best. The quality and freshness of the
          fish was far below that of Umai or even OOka
          The service was good BYOB and the offered us
          free wine and beer which was nice. The music was
          a bit loud for me.
          I would not return.

          1. re: cpski

            We were there for lunch last week. I have to agree with cpski. We have no plans to return.

            1. re: crazyspice

              Dang. And I just got a shiny new coupon for it in clipper magazine. Oh well, thanks for the heads up, guess I'll be using the thai orchid coupon though. Another mailer I got a few days ago even had a coupon for yada grill.

          2. re: knappy123


            You had me until you included Minado as a competitor to Fuji and Ooka.

            Based on the other 2 reviews, I think I'll stick with Fuji, Umai and Cho Cho.

            1. re: mitchh

              Ha, Mitch! I totally missed that part of Knappy's review! I still have to get over to Umai, we're in an East Cuisine "rut"... but not a rut because they have a new sushi chef! :)

              1. re: jujuthomas

                East has a new sushi chef? I may have to head over there in the near future, but I'm still in the honeymoon stage with Fuji (still many rolls to try).

                1. re: mitchh

                  Yeah, I asked the owner what happened to the guy from before and he said he just decided he wanted a break. Ray's not even sure if the guy is coming back. the new guy is very good, we go so often we get a free sashimi app... he made us a sort of salad of matchsticked veggies, strips of fish and a dressing with sesame and rice wine vinegar. really beautiful and tasty.

        2. re: GM330

          I went to this place a few weeks ago with my wife, sister-in-law, and her boyfriend. On the night we were there the service was super slow, and the manager offered us free warm sake as a an apology. Their apps were really good - we had kani salad and tuna fusion. Their sashimi was better than average, but they served it on top of a bowl of shaved ice - which made for a cool presentation but cooled the fish down so much that it actually dulled the flavor. Also, the sashimi was tiny! Smaller bits o fish I have never seen, not even as bait. Their rolls were really good though. Total bill seemed a bit high.

          My overall impression is that this is a place I may hit up on occasion until they get their liqour license, and fits into my rankings as follows:

          1. Umai
          2. Fuji
          3. Kumo
          4. Tie: Eastern Dragon/Cho Cho
          5. Ooka

          1. re: waddsworth

            Just came back to this thread months later to notice that I wrote Minado when I meant Miraku (I think that's the name, it's in Spring House near Kumo). We only ate @ Miraku once when we first moved here & were not impressed. We've eaten @ Kumo several times since & I hate to admit it but our first meal there was the best.....subsequent trips have been good, but I still prefer Cho Cho San. Excited about Vic opening up closer to our house & will try that next.