I saw the film Jiro Dreams of Sushi at the Violet Crown recently and loved this documentary about the world’s greatest sushi chef. The film follows the 86 year old sushi master, Jiro Ono, who practices his art in the basement of a Tokyo office building. For further revelation about the film, check out the Dinner Party Download (scroll midway to “Chattering Class”), a podcast which contains an interview of the filmmaker David Gelb. (More about Dinner Party Download in future posts). Look for this film when it comes out on DVD for even greater appreciation of the sushi making process.
My husband and I finally made it to Kome, the relatively new sushi restaurant on Airport Blvd. Good timing allowed us to snag a seat in the teeny entry while we waited for a table. Arriving at 7:30 on a Saturday night meant we had time to sip a beer and take in the fantastic people watching. Seated at a table near the window, we thoroughly enjoyed the shumai (shrimp and pork fried dumplings), the rolls (especially the summer time roll with go-go sauce), but the standout was the nigiri sushi. Since we had so many rolls, I only ordered two pieces of sushi; the salmon and the fatty tuna. Oh my, it was good. So good in fact, we ordered four more pieces for dessert. Another positive was the very reasonable price. Kome was recently voted in the Austin Chronicle Restaurant Poll by readers as best new restaurant and multiple Critics pick for best Japanese lunch at a nice price. (Cathy)