Launched in early November, Koomo is a modern Japanese restaurant and bar situated on the tenth floor of Adelaide's newest and tallest building. Take the lift from Frome Street and step out into the busy lobby of the Crowne Plaza Hotel to find Koomo on your right. If you're early, grab a cocktail at the bar to your left, Luna10.
Adelaide's newest and highest restaurant features sweeping views across the city to the hills from the floor to ceiling windows and balcony, but it's not just the views that will delight you. The Japanese influenced menu mixes the best flavours and textures of Asian cuisines to create a harmonious experience that will please the senses.
The comfortable tables and booths are complemented by a huge bar with stools. In one section of the restaurant, the tables have views right into the busy kitchen. The interior is inspired by an art deco and modern Japanese design ethic but it's the view that is the real showstopper. Koomo is the ideal place to sit and marvel at the views of Adelaide spanning from south and east to the Adelaide Hills and north to Adelaide Oval. Even better, book a table outdoors on the balcony to enjoy the atmosphere even more!
Executive chef Patrick Chung spent the last eight years at the Riverside Restaurant in the Intercontinental Hotel, so those who know will want to rush to try his new venture in a beautiful brand new setting.
After being seated in a comfortable booth by the bar, we were offered a brand new menu (new menus for every customer - nice and clean). The entree menu has everyone covered. We tried the pork and pine nut gyoza, an oyster with soy, salmon roe and finger lime mignonette, and the Port Lincoln Hiramasa Kingfish with pickled kohlrabi, avocado puree and wasabi oil. The meaty dumplings are drizzled with gyoza sauce and accompanied by lotus root chips. It's a generous serve for such a fine dish. Restaurants like Koomo are where all the good oysters go. They are definitely worth a try. The delicately flavoured kingfish goes well with the deliciously smooth avocado puree while the kohlrabi and wasabi oil add some bite.
The Barossa Dairyman dashi braised pork belly is wholesome and rich. The charred leek and the nori add crunch and the sweet and sour sauce offsets the full-on flavour of the pork. The pork belly pieces were quite large. I wouldn't normally suggest a smaller serving of anything that costs around $30 but maybe share this dish with a friend. The Saskia Beer corn teriyaki chicken is firm and tender, lotus root chips add texture while the pickled cucumber and caramelised turnip offer bursts of flavour to temper the sweet teriyaki glaze on the chicken.
Desserts are always a fun adventure at top-shelf restaurants like Koomo and ours were on point. The crispy wonton skins filled with white chocolate mousse are more like cannoli. They are delicately fried and served chilled, filled with an amazingly smooth mousse. Mix it all up with the roasted pineapple puree and apricot dipping sauce and you're on a winner. I'm a big fan of anything with yuzu (a popular asian citrus fruit) in it. Pairing yuzu gel with Barossa Camembert cheese and crisp crackers turns out to be an interesting combination.
You can expect an extensive and high-quality wine list and classic cocktails. Beer taps feature a changing range of Lion beers and local craft brews on tap or in cans. All the regular favourites are on board, so there's something for all ages and tastes.
Koomo caters for any occasion, from casual to formal. Kids are welcome - there's even a small menu for them. The service is semi-formal but very friendly and attentive - even on the busy first Friday night we attended.
For a stylish and interesting night out, try Adelaide's newest restaurant with Adelaide's newest outlook - Koomo at the new Crowne Plaza hotel. It's inside the Frome Central Tower One on the corner of Frome Street and North Terrace in the city. Plenty of transport and parking options are nearby.