The Budget: $12-$13
The Specs: Poke bowls
The Mood: Japanese minimalist Chipotle
The Place: 40 Water Street
Kome Waza is jumping on the East Coast poke trend as they say. I say they’re doing a really great job.
The word that stands out in my mind when I think of this place is “clean.” Yes, the place itself was rather tidy, but the website, the restaurant, the food–it is simply beautiful.
There’s no skimping happening with these dishes. They are loaded to the brim with fresh seafood and ingredients that are not lacking with flavors.
If you’ve ever made your own sub or Chipotle bowl, the process is similar. You can order a suggested bowl item and watch them make it before your eyes, or you can build your own. However, this is no sandwich. This is colorful and beautiful Japanese food, and it seems like you’re watching as the person before you is building art.
There’s so many ingredients and choices, I feel like you could try a new combination daily and experience entirely new flavors.
So let’s talk about what we ate while we were here.
Pomegranate Citrus Spice Bowl ($12)
There’s a single pepper next to this bowl on the menu, but don’t let that fool you. This dish is spicy. It really hit me about 3/4 of the way through. I went up to the counter to get more water, and the woman behind the register had to ask me if I was okay. She went to the back to fill up an entire new jug of water for me, but that’s good customer service!
Will I get it again? I’m not sure I’m strong enough to handle it (and I love spicy food!). Do I regret it? Absolutely not. This bowl is salmon over sushi rice with greens, tomato, onion, cucumber, edemame, pomegranate citrus spice sauce, ago seaweed, sesame seeds, radish sprouts, and tobiko. Wow. If you don’t mind not being able to feel your lips, you’ll enjoy this one.
Wasabi Cashew Tako Bowl ($13)
This one sounds like it will be a little spicy, but it really isn’t. This bowl is on top of cold kale noodles instead of the rice with mixed greens, hijiki quinoa, tomato, wasabi cashew sauce, ago seaweed, rice pop, and radish sprouts.
The flavors on this one come together really nicely, and I’m a huge fan of the kale noodles!
Salted Mango Cream Bowl ($12)
This one stole the show. It normally comes over greens, but this one had rice with Hamachi and scallops with hijiki quinoa, mango, edamame, tomato, mango anchovy cream sauce, masago, sesame seeds, and radish sprouts.
This one was really sweet with the mango, and I’ve never had a rice bowl quite like it. Now this is a dish I would keep coming back for.
Note they do online ordering, so you can have it ready before you arrive and simply pick it up at the register. They also deliver via Uber Eats. And don’t be hesitant to split any of the bowls to keep the price more reasonable! It’s a lot of food!
Next time I want to try the Onigiri and the matcha soft serve (which should be coming out in two days!).
Put a fork (or chopstick) in it.