Today the Austin American-Statesman's Matthew Odam reviews Komé, the Airport Boulevard Japanese restaurant from the owners of highly respected sushi truck Sushi A-Go-Go. His verdict: nearly everything at Komé is a win, but despite Komé's Uchi pedigree, it's not the sushi that Odam likes best, writing, "For a couple who first earned notice for their raw fish, it came as a surprise that the best food coming out of the Asazus' restaurant is not the sushi but the Izakaya dishes."
An adventurous server introduces Odam to Tako-wasa, raw octopus, wasabi and quail egg, "a dish I would not order again but one I am glad to have tried," writes Odam. The omelet-like tonpei-yaki features "succulent pork," and Odam's dining companion declares his Tonkotsu the "best ramen dish he has found in Austin." However, fried shrimp turned out to be a "disaster" with "gooey breading," and the grill "gets mixed marks for its treatment of fish."
Despite its location on "rugged Airport Boulevard," the Japanese pub food restaurant left Odam with a lingering "feeling bordering on hope" that Komé could "transform a long-overlooked part of town."