Komé has new home on Airport Boulevard; adds ramen and Japanese whiskey

Komé Sushi Kitchen spent the last six years luring diners to its low-slung space on Airport Boulevard with a slew of izakaya dishes and sushi. Now, the restaurant opened by husband-and-wife team of Kayo and Také Asazu in 2011, has a bigger, brighter space to welcome guests.

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The restaurant moved to its new space at 5301 Airport Blvd. at the end of last month. While the menu looks much the same as the original restaurant’s, Kome, which also operates Daruma Ramen downtown, now serves three varieties of ramen, udon and a small roster of Japanese whiskeys.

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The larger space means more seating, as well as a bigger area for waiting guests, who previously had to cram into an entryway or wait outside at the old Kome. Early next year, the owners will expand their demi-empire to include Ni-Kome, a sushi and ramen spot at the food hall Fareground downtown at Second Street and Congress Avenue.

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Sushi restaurant from Soto team coming to South Lamar

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The team behind a popular sushi restaurant in Northwest Austin is expanding its reach south. The family that owns Soto has taken over the former Cantine space in the Lamar Union complex that is home to the Alamo Drafthouse (1100 S.Lamar Blvd. ) and plans to open their second restaurant in the next three months or so.

The team is led by chef Andy Okamoto, whose resume includes time at Morimoto in Philadelphia. Management says it has not decided on a name for the restaurant, and that diners can expect some major menu changes (approximately percent of the menu will stay the same) at the new location. When the proximity of South Austin stalwart Uchi was mentioned, the general manager for Soto said chef Okamoto was excited by the chance to go head-to-head with the powerhouse. The Okamoto family opened Soto on Pecan Boulevard in Cedar Park in 2013.

Cantine, the Italian restaurant from the Emmett and Lisa Fox (Asti) closed in May after two years in business. 

Kyōten Sushiko starts lunch service Thursday

Chef Otto Phan uses ocean trout at his trailer, Kyoten, as an alternative to salmon. The Masu-zushi at Kyoten on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Chef Otto Phan’s sushi made his East Austin trailer a dining destination. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2015

Some of the best sushi in town will soon be available for lunch. Kyōten Sushiko (4600 Mueller Blvd. #1035) begins its lunch service Thursday. The restaurant helmed by chef Otto Phan will serve lunch Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Phan will offer counter-service, delivering the sushi rolls and bowls that helped make his original East Austin trailer so popular, along with raw salad bowls. But with only 26 seats available at lunch, takeaway orders are encouraged. See the full lunch menu here.

Until this week, Kyōten had only offered its dinner omakase service.