Kumi Cafe moves to Convoy – The Mesa Press
If you’ve ever been to Chopstix Too in Convoy, now you’ll see it as Kumi Cafe. They held their grand opening on April 1st. It is located in the same location on Kearny Mesa Road at the corner of Armor Street. in a plaza filled with many other food and shopping venues such as Ross, Mitsuwa Marketplace, Nishiki Ramen and Poke 1/2. Kumi Cafe offers a variety of Japanese dishes with many sushi, ramen and bento dishes.
This new restaurant has a very different style compared to the way the store was decorated. From an older and more traditional style, the store has been transformed into a more modern and brighter place. Despite the lack of staff, the wait time at this restaurant was reasonable and being in the food industry myself, the long wait was understandable. There was a single server who seemed to run the majority of the restaurant on his own with the help of another server who brought the food as it was ready. It had very similar options to the old restaurant that was there, with only a few new additions. Their menu has many categories ranging from salads and appetizers to rice dishes, noodle dishes and a variety of sushi rolls. Also, if you like to drink beer or sake, they have a happy hour from 3-6 p.m. every day. My order was cold soba noodles, takoyaki, a baked salmon roll and a Philadelphia hand roll. They also serve wasabi and ginger and a cute mason jar mug for water or any other drink you might order.
Unfortunately, the quality was not as good as one would have hoped. In terms of presentation, everything looked delicious and very appetizing. I first received my cold soba noodles with my order of 4 takoyaki balls and then my sushi rolls shortly after.
What was nice about this new restaurant is how they kept the authenticity of the culture, using platters you might see in Japan, letting you experience what it would be like to eat in a Japanese restaurant . It was something that Chopstix Too didn’t have.
Taste-wise, everything was pretty mediocre. The pan fried salmon on the baked salmon roll was a bit dry, greasy and tasted badly fishy. If you know good sushi, you can tell the difference between good and bad fish on sushi. It was dipped in spicy mayonnaise, eel sauce and the roll was a classic California roll which was expected. The Philadelphia hand roll was pretty good, if you’ve never had a hand roll before, it’s rice rolled in seaweed into a cone shape with certain ingredients depending on the roll. The hand roll was topped with cubes of cream cheese, salmon and avocado. Their takoyaki was nice. Takoyaki is notorious for burning your tongue from all the heat trapped inside the little octopus ball, but the one they served was lukewarm. The best part of the meal was the cold soba noodles. It was more pleasant on a very hot day.
The food wasn’t that impressive here, but only a few of their dishes were tried. This place is worth coming back to try other things on their menu. There were lots of people ordering their bento boxes which looked great fun to eat. This is a recommendable place for anyone who loves classic Japanese cuisine.