Tried it for lunch today, which was their second day open. I had never been to Sushi-a-go-go so I can't compare it to that. The closest thing I am aware of in town to the lunch menu offered at Kome is at Musashino. Sushi, ramen, udon and lots of Katsu styled fried offerings.
I had a couple pieces of nigiri sushi and the pork bone broth ramen.
The sushi was fine for the price ($2-3 a piece). Not as good (or expensive) as the best but probably better than my cheap sushi standby, Korea House.
The ramen lacked the depth of flavor I like at Musashino. It did have a nice variety of ingredients added in to make it a full meal. Some greens, corn, lean pork, (grey) hard boiled egg etc...
I ate it and was happy. The service was swift and friendly.
There were two other kinds of ramen broth (soy and miso based) that could be awesome. And I really want to try the katsu fried stuff. When the weather cools I'll give the udon offerings a whirl as well.
The menu is exciting on its face and dinner even more so. I will reserve judgement until I've gotten to try more of the menu and they find a groove. Tons of potential here and even if they never improve a lick it is a great addition to the hood.
As a side note, lots of Japanese customers where coming in with their families and knew the owners. Their excitement was palpable and a little contagious. A great bonus at lunch for under $20.
501 Village Shopping Ctr, Austin, TX 78701
Went back for a third time tonight. two of us split 6 small plates, a couple of rolls and a bottle of wine. plenty of food, we just wanted to tear thru the menu. total was $105 after tip. we had a toddler with us. went around 6:15 and there were several families there with similarly well behaved children.
To the best of my recollection we had:
saki marinated clams
daikon salad w/fried baby anchovies
kim chi marinated sea bass
fried chicken drums
The sushi was, for the price, really really strong
my favorite of the others was probably the marinated seabass w/kimchi, veggie tempura and the clams in saki broth. Mostly I just liked having such a variety. we left around 7:30 and the place was on a 10-15 min wait. though there were a couple seats at the sushi bar. it does get loud in there when it starts getting full. reminded me of foreign and domestic in that way.
Service has been consistently knowledgable and attentive.
I'm going to quit reviewing this place now. but i'll probably be eating there at least a few times a month for the forseeable future.
We went for dinner on Friday night as well, and there was no ramen to be found on the menu, oddly enough. Had a very nice meal, nonetheless. It took a while for anyone to acknowledge or seat us when we walked in the door, but once they did service was very pleasant. The rice balls were awesome, the sushi was good, and they had some nice dessert selections which they said change daily -- vanilla ice cream with tempura-fried fruit (strawberries, bananas, grapes) and chocolate sauce; a matcha parfait; and...I've forgotten what the other one was (we didn't order it). Overall a good experience and I will definitely go back. Hopefully when they're serving ramen.
Went back for lunch today. GREAT. Sushi was spot on today and pretty cheap. split a sushi lunch as an appetizer- 5 pieces of nigiri and a roll. Yoshi from the Uchiko/Eastside Kings family was behind the sushi bar, with another guy i think i recognized from uchi.
This isn't uchi sushi, but it was only $12 bucks for that.
Ordered the Katsu pork combo. first came a clear broth soup and some pickled veggies. good good. then the pork katsu. perfectly fried and moist. served with a tasty fresh small side salad of greens and a light dressing. white rice and a sweet dipping sauce was devoured along with everything else on my plate.
tried my dining partner's stir fried beef plate. lots of grilled onions and tender pieces of above average quality meat.
took a quick look at the dinner menu and I got really excited. all small plates and lots of different offerings than lunch.
Can't really express how excited I am to have this in the hood. between it and uchiko up here north central austin dining has arrived.
a bit off topic, but we are expecting a hopdoddy, goodnight bowling alley, black sheep lodge, french restaurant in the austin diner, reworked mirabelle, parkside project in the old el arbol and possibly legit bbq joint in the violet crown center. Pretty soon I will run out of excuses to head south of the river.
didn't see any curry, but it could have been hidden in one of the descriptions of the katsu-musashino has one like that.
it wasn't hokkaido ramen (at least not by name) it started with a T.and they had a separate miso and a soy ramen on the menu, so it wasn't that either. Sorry, i'm not very good with asian languages. If I'm not with someone more familiar with the names I do a lot of grunting and pointing and hope for the best.
on airport just south of tamale house:
the menu is not up yet, but there was some mention of certain dishes on yelp.
izakaya menu? yes, please!
pop vulture, the "about" section specifies take' is from osaka, by way of austin and new orleans, and his last job was at uchi.
the wife, kayo, is from kobe.
so, lots of yummy local food traditions between the two.
definitely looking forward to trying this place.