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Kooma (West Chester): a resounding "eh"

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Kooma (West Chester): a resounding "eh"

Julie | Aug 10, 2004 11:38 AM

I had dinner at Kooma, on West Gay St., on Saturday night. This place had a good menu, so despite the lack of a liquor license (application pending) we ate there. Pretty underwhelming. We started with a crab shumai appetizer special, which for $5.50 gave us six very small dumplings with probably about a dime's worth of crab and almost no crab taste. The sauce was very insipid. For an entree, I had pad Thai--this is my test of any kitchen's attempt to do Thai food, and it was less than successful. The plate was generous, but the taste didn't have the sweet-sour mix one is looking for in this dish (it was mostly sour), and the shrimp and chicken were skimpy. My companion's chicken hibachi was a very bland plate of chicken chunks with broccoli and zucchini, almost no taste to the sauce at all.

We left without trying dessert--the only options were the standard green tea/red bean ice cream and also mochi ice cream. Considering the wealth of Thai dessert recipes in the world, I'm surprised that this restaurant doesn't even attempt them.

There is a substantial sushi menu, which we didn't try, so that might give better results.

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