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work2eat Mar 7, 2012 02:04 PM

Has anyone tried this new place?

http://komokomonc.com/

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    dinersaurus Nov 15, 2012 08:07 AM

    I dig this place. I've only been once and it's been a couple months ago, but I was impressed with the cooking. It's very much a mom and pop joint, which gives it some quirky elements. It doesn't seem like it's sure if it wants to be fine dining or casual (paper napkins) and it's an odd mix of the French and the Korean, yet not really fusion. I wish them the best and look forward to returning, but I worry about them too. It was pretty quiet when we were in there. It's an odd duck, but I like it and would like to see them get more love.

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      JB104 Nov 16, 2012 08:21 AM

      Yup, its quirky and, as you note, it's not, for the most part, fusion (which is OK by me) but rather a mix of straight-ahead Korean and French dishes.But hey, it works! The food is interesting and good, the service attentive, and the atmosphere is pleasant and relaxing. I like going to places owned and run by local people trying to do something they believe in. For the most part, Cary/Morrisvile/Apex is chainland, and we really do need more locally run places that serve food reflecting thought and creativity and care. This place certainly fits that bill.

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      JB104 Nov 14, 2012 08:45 AM

      We went Saturday night (6 of us) --fabulous!! For the most part, the menu selections are either Korean or French. The lemongrass creme brule would represent one of the "fusion" dishes. (It was quite good.) We had the soups--the regularly featured sweet potato leek soup (excellent) and a special that I didn't try but everyone who did raved about. The smoked pork Ssam appetizer was full of flavor and the Shrimp & Corn Casserole with Sherry Cream was rich and delicious. Their pork dumplings were probably the best I've ever had. Our entres were quite good. I had the special--braised veal cheek with pureed parsnips which was solid, straight ahead French bistro cooking. Others had the bibimbop which they all enjoyed. The have a small but decent wine selection and several good beer choices. No mixed drinks. All six of us loved this place!!

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        burgeoningfoodie Mar 9, 2012 02:00 PM

        It has been talked about over on twitter and the backgrounds of the chef and his wife. It is definitely something different. In semi related news, I know that blogger outside of the blogosphere.

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          lisarosen Mar 9, 2012 06:47 AM

          I've eaten there twice now (just last night, actually), & I love it. I don't have a lot of experience with Korean food, so I'm not a good judge of the Korean items I've had there, but I loved the flavors (I acknowledge that the B'bop loses a textural element without the stone bowl, but it was still tasty!). The French items, though, are outstanding. I've had 2 soups--both perfect. The parsnip (which they don't always have) tasted like it had a shellfish base; I wish I'd asked. Could've eaten a whole pot full. And my husband is going back today to get another hit of the carrot cake (a small, elegant, presentation, with a lovely sweet-salty balance). Give it a try--I'm worried about them in that location.

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            dinersaurus Mar 8, 2012 10:16 AM

            Thanks for posting this, it looks promising. From the website, I see that the chef did a stint at 2941, which was one of my favorite restaurants in the DC area.

            1. brsmith2 Mar 8, 2012 03:19 AM

              Here's a review from one of the local food blogs I read:

              http://www.magiesnoms.com/2012/03/04/...

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                veganhater Mar 8, 2012 04:55 AM

                What do you think about this blog. After reading a few entries, I was left scratching my head.

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                  rockycat Mar 8, 2012 06:29 AM

                  I'm pretty sure I read that review of KoMo KoMo (I keep trying to type "Kokomo") on either Yelp or Urban Spoon. I believe that the blogger may be a regular Yelper. Still, I went to check out the review of Super Wok. I gave up reading after seeing that they ordered Egg Drop Soup, Hot and Sour Soup, and eggrolls. I think I could safely say at that point that our tastes do not coincide and I wouldn't find these reviews too useful. Oh, and I have a visceral distate for anyone who uses the sound "noms" in any shape, manner, or form.

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                    veganhater Mar 9, 2012 10:32 AM

                    The Vivace review rivals it in sillyness. I started to wonder if it was a satirical blog when the lack of veal parm was mentioned twice.

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                      rockycat Mar 9, 2012 11:02 AM

                      Seriously? I'm glad I didn't read further.

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                  chazzer Mar 8, 2012 08:48 AM

                  What I found interesting is that a few reviewers who know Korean, but were not Korean, said that the Korean dinners were offered free deserts but they were not.

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                    greeneggsnham Mar 8, 2012 11:57 AM

                    Interesting. My husband is Korean but I am not. Maybe I should have sent him in to pick up our takeout and the dessert would have been on the house!

                    But seriously, that is a little annoying. I am still wishing the owners well, however. They seem like nice, talented people working hard to try to make a go of it in a tough economy.

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                      chazzer Mar 8, 2012 12:03 PM

                      You should send him in next time to see if there is a difference, I will have to try it at some point, but we live in North Raleigh and Soul Garden is too close to my office to drive out to Cary most of the time for dinner.

                      Plus it took me too long to train the wait staff at Soul Garden that when I ask for it spicy I really mean i want it spicy.

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                      castaway Mar 19, 2012 11:52 AM

                      I've been to Korean restaurants where they gave wheat tea to Asians but provided water by default to non-Asian customers.

                      I assume that was because, to most non-Asians, it looks like muddy water and it is an acquired taste.

                      I read the yelp reviews and it isn't clear what the Korean customers were being offered.

                      Maybe the complementary dessert in question wasn't a creme brulee but a mochi or equivalent and they were assuming non-Koreans wouldn't care for it?

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                        rockycat Mar 19, 2012 01:10 PM

                        I believe that it's barley tea, not wheat tea, and I don't think that it is ever the perogative of the restaurant to decide what the customer would or wouldn't like.

                        I'm about as European-looking as possible and I am grateful that Seoul Garden in Raleigh makes no such assumptions. Because they don't assume that non-Asians wouldn't like something, I now love barley tea and have it at home. I also have gratefully accepted their complimentary desserts when offerred (I don't believe they do it for anyone anymore - crummy economy, I guess) and discovered new tastes and flavors that I love.

                        Any restaurant - anyone at all, for that matter - is making a huge mistake when they judge a customer by their ethnic background.

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                    greeneggsnham Mar 7, 2012 05:45 PM

                    How funny that you just posted this. I just got done with a takeout meal from Komo Komo and was just going to see if anyone had reviewed it yet.

                    So, Komo Komo is a Korean-French fusion place in a pretty dreary strip mall at the corner of HIgh House and Maynard in Cary. I am a little worried about the long term prospects of this place given the location and the fact that when I went to pick up my takeout order there were only 2 other people in the whole place (granted it was pretty early on a Wednesday night). But I am HOPING that Komo Komo makes it because 1. food was delicious 2. they are trying to do something interesting and different

                    So, the food.... You can see the menu on the website, the idea is a French/Korean mosaic. We ordered Beef Bibimbap, Bulgolgi ssam and smoked pork bibimbop and then a coconut bread pudding for dessert. As for the entrees, they were not fusion, so far as I could tell-- more straight Korean. The Ssam was my favorite, the bibimbap was tasty but I think bibimbap is just so much better when served in the hot stone bowl with the egg on top so this suffered in comparison. The meat is tasty, though, and the included veggies (mung bean sprouts, kimchi, pickled red cabbage, daikon radish, carrots) were good. I thought the ssam was the better choice, with plenty of romaine lettuce as well as boiled/steamed cabbage leaves included for wrapping as well as the same veggie selection as the bibimbap. I recently made David Chang's Momofuku Bo Ssam and we loved wrapping up the meat and veggies in little lettuce packages. This was not as good as the homemade Bo Ssam (and was not the same dish as Bo ssam and was beef vs. pork), but it reproduced the textural contrasts we loved so much. And I just think there is something magical about the combination of the rich and savory meat with the hot rice and piquant veggies wrapped up in the crisp and cool lettuce. Plus, much easier to pick up as takeout on the way home than to make at home as an all day project!

                    The coconut bread pudding is the only fusion-y part of the meal for us. Very good with a nice coconut flavor and firm but creamy texture. It came with a very nice creme anglaise sauce which unfortunately spilled all over the inside of the takeout bag since it was just in a styrofoam clamshell container.

                    The restaurant is really cute and has a hip and elegant feel. There is counter service. On their website they have an afternoon tea as well which sounds interesting.

                    We will definitely be adding this to our regular rotation of restaurants. Crossing my fingers that it will stay open. Check it out if you are in the area!

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                      supernc Mar 7, 2012 02:54 PM

                      No we have not but thanks for sharing. It looks really good.

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