We dined at Kooma with a party of 8 on a Friday evening in Lent, looking for a healthy fish meal.
Our party had many assorted a la carte spring rolls, California rolls, Boston rolls and Shrimp tempura rolls which were expertly prepared without significant delay. The restaurant appears to have staffed the sushi bar with a sufficient number of sushi chefs to accommodate the full restaurant in a timely manner. Most of the sushi chefs wore mouth-visor, cough/breath guards to minimize exposure of food (nice precaution, well appreciated).
The bibambopp was tasty and hot but the Korean Go Chu Jang sauce was too sweet, unlike that served in Korea. The soy sauce was entirely too salty and lacked umami flavor. The seaweed salad was too sweet as well. The regular sashimi pieces were cut entirely too large and not of good quality fish for $28.
The atmosphere, although vibrant and a hip crowd, was entirely too noisy and not pleasant for conversation. The drink menu featured many Martinis, however, when ordered they were not available; nor was a standard Mojito due to lack of fresh mint on hand.
The dessert menu was very limited to ice cream and caramel cheese cake. No coffee was available, only green tea. The kids’ drinks arrived in plastic pint-sized take out containers slit for a straw.
If it's winter, ask for a table away from the front door; the constant cold draft was unbearable.
Metered street parking was available on Church Street.
If I wanted to spend this amount on sushi, next time I’ll make the trip to Philadelphia to Morimoto. The check was approximately $500 for a party of eight...in West Chester? Please.
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