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Mar 7, 2012 02:04 PM

KoMo KoMo in Cary

Has anyone tried this new place?

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

    1. 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!

        1. re: brsmith2

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

          1. re: veganhater

            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.

            1. re: rockycat

              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.

              1. re: veganhater

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

          2. re: brsmith2

            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.

            1. re: chazzer

              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.

              1. re: greeneggsnham

                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.

              2. re: chazzer

                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?

                1. re: castaway

                  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.

            2. 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. 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.