Com Ngom Kyoto is a Vietnamese restaurant that opened in mid-December on 蛸薬師通Takoyakushi Street, east of 烏丸通Karasuma Street, last year. I first noticed it when I went in search of osteria Bastille; how could one not notice such a brightly painted establishment in Kyoto, especially when it’s next door?
One can see what’s cooking through the small window of the kitchen, above the menu display.
I made a mental note to go sometime and that day came about a month ago when I decided to go before going into work.
the narrow entrance hall with the kitchen on the right
The restaurant is pretty small but cozy; they sell Vietnamese products as seen by shelves by the wall.
counter seating for hitori-samas…
The porch area outside displays Vietnamese-style decoration as well as serving as a storage area.
I got the カレーランチkaree ranchi (curry lunch), ￥880, which comes with salad and pickles. The chicken curry was even milder due to the sweet potatoes stewed with it.
For dessert I got 白玉団子とタピオカのチェー(ココナッツミルクチェー)shiratama-dango to tapioka no chee (kokonattsu miruku chee) (chè with white flour dumplings, tapioca and coconut milk), ￥380, and カフェダーkafe daa (Vietnamese iced coffee), ￥450.
the final product
Beautiful interior and good food and drink (the cooks are native Vietnamese), reasonable price, especially lunch…I’ll be going again.
Update: I finally got to go again five months later when Maki, who had been before, suggested going in mid-March so that I could finally give her my Valentine chocolates and we could talk more in depth, one-on-one.
Maki had the バインカンランチbainkan ranchi (bánh canh (noodles from the southern part of Ho Chi Minh) with chicken lunch), ￥880, which came with sweet & spicy stewed pork & mustard greens over rice and a healthy salad with prawn cracker.
This time I had the the ブンティットランチbun-titto ranchi (bún thit (cold rice vermicelli mixed with fresh vegetables and topped with hot barbecued pork over which a sauce is poured) lunch), ￥950, which comes with sweet & spicy stewed pork & mustard greens over rice.
With the day being a bit toasty, my order was the perfect choice, and filling, too.