My flight landed in Austin right before dinner time. Of course, I turned to my list of places to try and decided on Komé. I knew it was going to be busy. However, since it was located outside downtown and I was a party of one, I’d thought I try my luck. Well, I was right about one thing, the place was busy. There were scores of people waiting. People waiting along the benches inside and people waiting around the outside tables. Good thing they serve drinks while you wait. For me, it was only a 30 minute wait to get a seat at the sushi bar. Actually, it was more like their bar bar. But instead of sitting around the four chairs to drink, it was used for dining. No complaints here since I knew no one will be hovering around me while I eat. It was off to eating as soon as I sat down.
The whole restaurant had a nice lively vibe to it. Friends and couples coming together to enjoy the izakaya like atmosphere. There were plenty of your classic shareable dishes and assortment of rolls. Me on the other hand, went straight for their sushi. I still wanted to see what Austin offered in terms of good quality wonderfully prepared nigiri without the high end prices. And here at Komé, they delivered, with a price that’s higher than average but not low enough to sacrifice on the level of fish. Their selection was good with several items being imported from Japan.
There’s no omakase option here so you’ll have to put together your own creation. Don’t worry, there’s plenty to work with.
Overall, the meal was good and the staff at the bar kept me company. My drinks were constantly filled and I had plenty of check ins to make sure things were going great. My final addition to the meal was more so based on the trying out more of their fresh uni than it was me being hungry. Hey, if you find a place that stocks good fish, why not gorge a little. No regrets here. And I’m sure no regrets next time I’m here.
5301 Airport Blvd #100
Austin, TX 78751
+1 (512) 712-5700
Verdict: I recommend this place for larger informal gatherings and if you need to get your sushi fix on.